500-Pound Recruit

Continuing in the vein of WWII, have you ever heard the story of Voytek?
Check it out: The Iranian soldier-bear of Monte Cassino
Longtime readers have often heard of my plans to create a Monkey Army when I move to Thailand. I have thought of conscripting water buffaloes and elephants as well, but I never considered bears. One thing I do know is that any bears who joined my army would not be serving as porters – can you say “6-foot, 500-pound HOPLITE?”

3 thoughts on “500-Pound Recruit”

  1. Whatta Bear! Great story and one that I’ll ask my 442 friends who fought at that battle of Monte Casino. Sad ending for such a heroic soldier-bear, though.

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