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National Memorial Arboretum

Dave M

Pheasey Born Bumper
Polar Bear Memorial, NMA
The Polar Bear Memorial, which is a tribute to the 49th Infantry, West Riding Division, was the first monument and sculpture to be erected at the National Memorial Arboretum.

During World War II, the 49th Infantry was stationed in Iceland and, because they were surrounded by 20ft-deep snow for most of the campaign, their commanding officer called the men "his Polar Bears". The Polar Bear on a block of ice was soon adopted as their mascot and shoulder flash.

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Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Polar Bear Memorial, NMA
The Polar Bear Memorial, which is a tribute to the 49th Infantry, West Riding Division, was the first monument and sculpture to be erected at the National Memorial Arboretum.

During World War II, the 49th Infantry was stationed in Iceland and, because they were surrounded by 20ft-deep snow for most of the campaign, their commanding officer called the men "his Polar Bears". The Polar Bear on a block of ice was soon adopted as their mascot and shoulder flash.

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One taken in 2005...
 

paul stacey

master brummie
looks peaceful, and serene, so different to the many places where serving service men and women found themselves, from the heat of the barren Aden mountains, to the cold of a South Armagh winter, but the memories remain fresh, though the years diminish. Respect to them all. Paul
 

Radiorails

master brummie
Is the Arboretum situated on a flood plain? If it is, where has it protected homes and businesses from flooding.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Here is a walk from Alrewas in November 2005, when the level of the Trent was reducing. It finishes at the Arboretum...

The best picture shows the ancient ridge and furrow well...
 

paul stacey

master brummie
Great to see the "Brigade" , out in force, all hail the "House hold Division", have 4 or 5 mates mentioned on the main memorial there, Aden, and NI. Paul
 
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