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22 Jan 44: Day 1 of 136 of the Battle of Anzio. In an effort to end the costly stalemate at Monte Cassino, Italy, the US 5th Army lands two divisions against German forces at Anzio, 30 miles South of Rome. Although initial landings are very successful, failure to capitalize quickly will lead to months of heavy fighting. More: http://scanningwwii.com/a?d=0122&s=440122 #WWII

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The battle for Cassino and Monastry Hill, which began on the 15.3.1944 when medium and heavy bombers rainet bombe on objectiven for thr... and a half hours, was continued by the greatest artillery barrage so far laid in the Italian theatre, to cover the advance of the Allied tanks and infantry as they entered the town. Fires fighting continu...

The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome.

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This bear cub drinking milk from a bottle was found in Iran by Polish soldiers of 22nd artillery company in 1942. He was named Wojtek (meaning happy or smiling warrior) and travelled with them all over North Africa & Europe. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. Afterwards, an effigy of a bear holding an artillery shell was the official emblem of the 22nd Company

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from BBC News

Story of Poland's 'soldier bear' Wojtek turned into film

A soldier gets to grips with Wojtek. Photo courtesy of The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

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A New Zealand soldier at the battlefront in Cassino, Italy - 5 April 1944 Photo by George Kay This is a staged photograph used for propaganda purposes. During the month of April, there was a lull in the fighting during the Battle of Monte Cassino as the third battle had come to a conclusion at the end of March and the fourth, and final, battle would not begin until early May.

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‘Wojtek (1942–1963) was a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps. He enjoyed wrestling and was taught to salute when greeted. With the company he moved to Iraq and then through Syria, Palestine and Egypt. ‘He was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a private. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition. ‘Following demobilization on November 15, 1947, Wojtek was given to the…

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