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WW2 Polish 22nd Artillery Supply Company Group “Wojtek”
1945-46, Pagani, Milano, Italy
A rare complete group of insignia to the 22nd Artillery Supply Company famous for its bear soldier “Wojtek”. The set consists of a pair of collar “Wojtek” 22nd Artillery Supply Company Insignia and a “Wojtek” 22nd Artillery Supply Company Breast.
Badge in the form of a driving wheel, with a bear holding an artillery shell, green enamel background. Smooth reverse with the maker “Pagani SPA, Milano”, above the mark a threaded post and a spinner. All badges are with the original spinners and washers.
One of the most iconic units of the 2nd Polish Corps. A beautiful, hard to find group.
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.