Bloodied, but Unbowed

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With the outbreak of World War I, whilst thousands of men were being swallowed up in the patriotic surge of volunteering for the Army, large numbers of physically fit men were being rejected out of hand. These were those who were less than the mandatory height for acceptance, five feet three inches. Six young men from very different walks of life found that when they tried to volunteer, they were summarily rejected because they were not tall enough. All this would change in December, 1914 when ?Bantam? units were raised in order to tap this otherwise wasted source of manpower. These six men who enlisted at the same time and recruiting office made a pact that if they could manage to do so, they would stay together as a group whilst they were in the Army. The narrative sees them through their training in the Yorkshire Dales and on Salisbury Plain thence to France in the winter of 1916 where they are introduced to the hardships of trench warfare in the flooded battlefields of French Flanders. Ultimately, they move to the Somme where their luck runs out. Having recovered from their wounds, two of the survivors take part in the mining operations at Messines Ridge, before moving on to Passchendaele and all its horrors. One of them is shipped back to England after more wounding. As a result of his experiences catching up with him, he will not return to active service in France. This story is based on facts, the service history of the author's father.


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Author(s) - Norman A. Brooke


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ISBN - 9781780357775

Dimensions - 21 x 14.8 x 2.5 cm

Page Count - 307

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