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WW2 Polish 22nd Artillery Supply Company Collar Badge “Wojtek”


Italy 1946/47, Pagani, Milano, Italy, Brass silver plated, 21mm diameter

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A badge in the form of a driving wheel, with a bear holding an artillery shell. Smooth reverse with a threaded post (slightly bent), and a spinner.

Emblem of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the 2nd Group of Artillery, 2nd Polish Corps of General Anders.

Wojtek accompanied the 2nd Polish Corps through the Italian Campaign, serving with the 22nd Artillery Supply Company. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, in Italy in 1944, Wojtek helped move crates of ammunition and became a celebrity with visiting Allied generals and statesmen. After the war, once the Polish army was disbanded Wojtek lived out the rest of his life at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. 

 The 22nd Supply Company is most famous for its bear soldier “Wojtek” which became the symbol of the company and the legend of the Polish Army in Exile.