10 The Story of the Furry Soldier

The Story of the Furry Soldier

Posted on April 26, 2015 by team

A hundred years ago they were forming the Russian task group for the special brigade going to help France in WWI, one of its officially included members was … a bear cub caught in Ural. The Russian troops saved France from occupation and the bear, that accompanied Russian soldiers, created a real sensation.

They brought the animal to France as a symbol of Russia and its power and as an entertainment. It had been bought from Gypsies for the sum big  enough to buy a cow. They fed up the skinbound bear cub named Misha, and provided him with care, soon he became a favourite for everyone.

Just as any other soldier the bear was given a standard set of foods: meat, lard, salt, sugar, bread, cheese, cereals, vegetables and even coffee! Sometimes Misha was treated to cakes, sweets and … cognac!


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10 Responses to “The Story of the Furry Soldier”

  1. Kuba says:


    To get him on a British transport ship when the unit sailed from Egypt to fight with the British 8th Army in the Italian campaign, he was officially drafted into the Polish Army as a Private and was listed among the soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

  2. mark says:

    This Bear is Famous Russian soldier
    called Comrade “ed brown”

    also have a nickname “Alain”

  3. Maryelen Lechinhosk says:

    Very stupid, everything. Why Russians like this stupid things? Why?

  4. Froggy says:

    Alain we recognised you under your disguise !! :-)

  5. Muzzlehatch says:

    What is it with Russians and their bears? Any other people would have their faces taken off.

  6. Jo says:

    What a tragic story. It really makes me sad how he was abused after all the love and attention he received at first :(

    • Froggy says:

      you mean bears are to the Russians what Goats are supposed to be to the French Foreign Legion ??
      Sounds a bit dangerous to me … :-)

  7. Mister Twister says:

    Poor burr.

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