A Syrian brown bear who helped in some of the most significant battles of World War II will be honoured with a Hollywood movie.
Wojtek, the bear who drank two bottles of beer a day, fought with Polish soldiers during the war. He was adopted by soldiers and given the rank of a private in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. In 1942 he moved ammunition during the battle of Monte Cassino, in Italy.
Writer and director, Brendan Foley, bought the rights to the film Wojtek the Bear. He plans to bring his story to the big screen.
“It is an amazing story,” says Foley. “A bit like War Horse but with humour and pathos alongside the action, and the bear is a real character.”
Found in Iran, Wojtek, was bought by the Polish Army. Beer became reward for his services due to early issues with swallowing. He moved ammunition, saluted and acted as the surrounding divisions mascot.
“He liked a cigarette, he liked a bottle of beer like any man,” his comrades were quoted saying.
Wojtek lived most of his life at the Edinburgh Zoo after the conclusion of the war, finally passing away in 1963.