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The Bantams

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The Bantams tells the factual but well nigh incredible story of how the British and Canadian armies recruited over 50,000 short men to serve as front-line soldiers. Such Bantam battalions eventually numbered over twenty units in Britain, plus two battalions from Canada. The movement spread all over Britain, particularly the coal mining regions of Wales and Northern England, then to Canada, particularly among British immigrants there.

As the butcher s bill of Great War casulties grew ever longer, the British army was compelled by sheer necessity to relax its previously rigid height requirements that all recruits should be over 5 3 . Over 50,000 short men - known as Bantams - were recruited to plug the gaps in the ranks. The Bantam battalions would eventually number more than 20, and were extended to Canada. Recruiting was particularly strong in Wales and northern England, and Bantam battalions fought on the Somme front and at Bourlon Wood near Cambrai, where casualties were severe. The Canadian author has researched the subject assiduously on both sides of the Atlantic and his book is a fine tribute to a patriotic body of men only too eager to do their duty alongside their taller comrades.

Pen & Sword

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Bandtyp
Inbunden/hårda pärmar
Språk
Engelska
Författare
Sidney Allinson
ISBN
1848840306
Sidor
312
Utgiven
2009
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