a hero and mascot,
This review is from: Sea Dog Bamse: World War II Canine Hero (Hardcover)
Sea Dog Bamse tells the story of the titular Bamse, a 14 stone St Bernard dog, who was uprooted from his peaceful life as a family pet to accompany his master, a Norwegian sea captain, to the Second World War in 1940. A distinctive and characterful dog, he quickly established himself in the affections of both the sailors of the Free Royal Norwegian Navy and the people of Dundee and Montrose. In dark times we need inspirations, and Bamse became a mascot and a symbol to the entire Free Norwegian Forces fighting as part of the Allies to liberate their homeland from the German tyranny.
Local authors Angus Whitson and Andrew Orr have produced a moving, but not sentimental, account of Bamse's career, enlivened by eye-witness anecdotes of colourful canine activities. It's a really good and enjoyable read, but more than that, it's also a reminder of what we all owe to the courage and resourcefulness of those (not all human) who stood and did their duty and ultimately triumphed against the seemingly invincible German military machine.
And interest in Bamse has not faded over the years. In 2006 a statue of Bamse was unveiled by Prince Andrew, amid considerable interest, on the old waterfront at Montrose. And just in the last couple of weeks, a replica statue was unveiled on the waterfront in Honnigsvag in northern Norway, from where Bamse set off to fight his war nearly 70 years ago.