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THE BANTAMS [Reading] ➷ THE BANTAMS Author Sidney Allinson – THE BANTAMS tells the nigh incredible story of how the British and Canadian army recruited over 50000 under height men to serve as front line soldiers This book gives one of the best accounts this rev THE BANTAMS tells the nigh incredible story of how the British and Canadian army recruited over under height men to serve as front line soldiers This book gives one of the best accounts this reviewer has ever encountered of the rigors of trench warfare It is a must for all collections of World War One history and Canada's part in it Neil Payne Canadian MaterialsThe citizens of LeHavre weren’t prepared for the bizarre sight that greeted them when a British troopship arrived in the harbour in January with a fresh contingent of reinforcements for the Western Front The troops marched down the gangplanks and along the uay as though they were mocking the traditional image of the stalwart soldier They were about five feet tall miniature Guardsmen like mascots than fighting menAnd so the first battalion of the “Bantams” as they were officially called prepared for battle They soon proved they were eual in stamina and valor as standard sized soldiers By than Bantams including from Canada had fought in the trenches and their casualties were enormous Yet the story of THE BANTAMS and their outstanding contribution to the war has been forgotten overlooked or deliberately concealed by army historians perhaps embarrassed by the episode and mistakenly afraid that the army’s need to use such little men somehow revealed weaknesses in British preparednessBut thanks to military historian Sidney Allinson their story is now told for the first time and it’s enough to make short men stand tall Sidney Allinson deserves credit for ferreting out the fascinating tale and for preserving it in the face of official indifference and even hostility He was able to track down surviving Bantams and make good use of their personal recollections unpublished journals and letters His findings document again the widespread illogical prejudice against people who happen to be short – William French The Globe MailReview of “THE BANTAMS The Untold Story of World War I”“This book chronicles the forgotten plight of the little known courage of undersized British men determined to join the armed forces and to fight for their country often against amazing odds during World War I At the outset of the First World War when men were volunteering in droves many diminutive males though patriotic and fit were being rejected because they did not meet the regulation minimum height reuirements for enlisted soldiersEventually though a few far sighted men prevailed and units of “Bantam” infantrymen ranging in height between five feet and five feet three inches was formed After rigorous training they were sent to fight in the trenches as bravely and effectively as any other soldiers The book soon swings vigorously into fascinating details of the forming of the army units that became known as THE BANTAMS who like so many other soldiers were victims of wartime tactics of attrition Through it all THE BANTAMS retained their courage and their sense of humour The author has made it his task to tell their story And like the bantam soldiers it depicts this book is a small gem Renee V Cox Vancouver BC CanadaThis in depth history covers every aspect of the bantam phenomenon This is very much a stand alone source ideal for the Great War enthusiast Major Mike Peters Soldier MagazineRare photographs and maps wordsSidney Allinson is a Canadian military historian and novelist He served overseas with the Royal Air Force He is a past Director of the Royal Canadian Military Institute; Chairman Western Front Association; President Sir Winston Churchill Society.

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