Sea Dog Bamse: World War II Canine Hero

The remarkable story of Sea Dog Bamse, the World War II St Bernard hero who became the global mascot of the free Norwegian Forces and a symbol of freedom for Allied troops throughout Europe, is now available in the US.

Angus Whitson and  Andrew Orr have written this book about the St Bernard dog, Bamse. The book is now available to readers in the US. Find the book on

Mourned both by locals and Norwegians when he died in 1944, Bamse’s memory has been kept alive both in Norway, where he is still regarded as a national hero, and in Montrose, where a larger-than-life statue of him was unveiled in 2006 by HRH Prince Andrew. Written from extensive source material and eyewitness accounts, Sea Dog Bamse is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary life of an extraordinary dog.

Bamse’s life-saving heroic actions posthumously won him the PDSA Gold Medal for Gallantry.

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy

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