Among the slopes of the mysterious Abbey of Monte Cassino valiant Shepherds fought. Those were the selected battalions - the volunteers who didn't care what it takes - who only wanted to regain freedom from the pesky enemy.
‘’The Shepherds of Monte Cassino’’ is a historical fiction. It tells the story of a brown bear called Wojtek, AKA ‘’War Bear’’, a Polish raised bear who was the only one officially enlisted soldier bear serving in the Polish Army during the WWII. This time the heroic bear returns as a reincarnated version of himself and extraordinary leadership skills of the general of the 2nd Polish Corps.
When Wojtek arrives in Cassino, Italy in search for peace and honey, he quickly discovers many challenges that are lying ahead.
When he meets the Wise Man and other leaders, he is placed in the situation where he has to choose whether to fight or fly. He recognises his own skills and the importance of this situation and decides to take part in the mission to protect the Abbey of Monte Cassino. From now on, his role is to fulfil the mission by recruiting volunteers and training them to become fearless warriors and supplementing newly trained units with well-known combat experienced ‘White-tailed Eagles’ and ‘White-Tailed Storks’.
Training new volunteers isn’t easy. War is inevitable, and a lot of this work involves turning weak and phlegmatic volunteers into hard as steel warriors, and trying to set everyone on the same purpose, that is to get rid of the pesky frogs from the hills. Despite the doubts and fears, battalions undergo the necessary training and assignments to get them ready to fight for the victory.
When the battalions are sent to the hills and survive the first attack majority of them pull through, and thanks to Wojtek’s exceptional skills he boosts units’ morale and brings hope. Thanks to that, volunteers take part in the second attempt in sweat to once again defeat the enemy in the final duel with the pesky frogs.
Length: 130 pages (black & white 70 outstanding illustrations)