- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a break from war dogs, this week please shake paws with Wotjek the soldier bear. He became part of the Polish army during World War II. He supposedly received a promotion to corporal after carrying ammuntion at Monte Cassino.
Like many soliders he enjoyed his beer.
Photo credit: Imperial War Museum/Wikimedia Commons