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The Polar Bear Memorial

 

The first monument and sculpture to be erected in the National Memorial Arboretum, the Polar Bear memorial is a tribute to the 49th Infantry, West Riding Division. During World War II the division was stationed in Iceland and snowed in under 20 feet of snow for most of the campaign and the commanding officer called his men The Polar Bears. The name stuck and the Polar Bear on a block of ice was adopted as their mascot and shoulder flash.

 

 

The Polar Bear Memorial

 

The first monument and sculpture to be erected in the National Memorial Arboretum, the Polar Bear memorial is a tribute to the 49th Infantry, West Riding Division. During World War II the division was stationed in Iceland and snowed in under 20 feet of snow for most of the campaign and the commanding officer called his men The Polar Bears. The name stuck and the Polar Bear on a block of ice was adopted as their mascot and shoulder flash.

 

 

comments (6)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Aug 2010, 06:59
That was probably better than getting shot at!
Les Auld: Perhaps Louis, just bits dropping off from frostbite. Thanks for the comemnt.
This series is reminding me that it is time we went here again
Les Auld: Well worth going Bill, I'll be back sometime as there is so much to see. Thanks for the comemnt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Aug 2010, 08:25
An amazing & most unexpected sight Les. Imagine being in WW2 in Iceland!
Les Auld: It would be a bit cold I think, thanks for the comment.
Wow, what a special memorial! Great shot, like the POV
Les Auld: Thanks Marion, appreciate the comment.
Your image does justice to this wonderful monument. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks Rosalyn, appreciate the comment.
As ever even more interesting knowledge from your posting Les and a very good shot of this sculpture.
Les Auld: It is one of my favourites from there Brian, thanks for the comment.

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