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Elephant Company:  The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in WWII

This month, we’re discussing Elephant Company by Vicki Croke, an inspiring combination of biography and nature writing. When Billy Williams came to Burma in 1920 to care for a British teak company’s log-hauling elephants, his rapport with the animals earned him the nickname “Elephant Bill.” In 1942, Williams and his elephants join the war effort to help carry supplies, build bridges, and provide medical transport, culminating in a risky attempt to escape over the mountains with refugees in tow. 

Real People/Real Stories meets the third Thursday of each month and explores the best in nonfiction history, biography, science, nature, and the arts.  

Please note that the City of Williamsburg requires masks for all visitors in the Stryker Center regardless of vaccination status. 

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