Gurkhas at War, the result of in-depth interviews conducted by editors J. P. Cross and Buddhiman Gurung, offers these remarkable and legendary soldiers a voice in print for the first time. These first-person narratives centre on the sixty-year period from the outbreak of World War II to the confrontation in East Timor, including the lengthy battles against the Japanese in the Burmese jungle, campaigns against the Communists in Malaya and Hong Kong, as well as more recent deployments in the Falklands Campaign and Gulf War. We also gain insight into the changes wrought by Indian independence, which forcibly divided the Gurkha allegiance between the ex-colony and her old master. The tactless mismanagement of the various ‘handovers’, and the punitive measures directed at many Gurkhas who disputed their resettlement, remain a painful memory for those subjected to the changes. The editors – who travelled 5,000 miles to rescue material from surviving soldiers – provide a thorough introduction to Gurkha culture, a historical overview of each campaign fought, and record some of the peculiarities of their encounters with these most resilient and bravest of soldiers in Britain’s service.
GURKHAS AT WAR Eyewitness Accounts from World War II to Iraq
Based on interviews with Gurkha soldiers, this unique book tells of their campaigns in British service from the Second World War to the Gulf. Much written about but rarely heard in their own words, this is the book for all those who want to explore the reality behind the legend of these most resilient and brave soldiers.
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