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...more
Hardcover, 316 pages
Published August 27th 2004 by Xlibris Corporation
(first published January 1st 1982)
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Dec 10, 2013 Manray9 rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Sidney Allinson’s “The Bantams: The Untold Story of World War I” provides a look at the phenomenon of Britain’s “Bantam” formations of the Great War. Britain, alone among the European powers, did not rely upon compulsory service to fill the ranks of her army at the beginning of World War I. British men were not conscripted until 1916. Until then, the armed forces were manned by volunteers. After the initial enthusiasm for the war waned in 1915, new approaches to manning the army were needed. Bri...more