Gurkha

Author: Colour-Sergeant Kailash Limbu

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408705370

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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In this Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling memoir that 'reads like a thriller', (Joanna Lumley) Colour-Sargent Kailash Limbu shares a riveting account of his life as a Gurkha soldier-marking the first time in its two-hundred-year history that a soldier of the Brigade of Gurkhas has been given permission to tell his story in his own words. In the summer of 2006, Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. He was told to prepare for a forty-eight hour operation. In the end, he and his men were under siege for thirty-one days - one of the longest such sieges in the whole of the Afghan campaign. Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of those thirty-one days - in which they killed an estimated one hundred Taliban fighters - and intersperses them with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas. He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn't see a car until he was fifteen. Kailash's descriptions of Gurkha training and rituals - including how to use the lethal Kukri knife - are eye-opening and fascinating. They combine with the story of his time in Helmand to create a unique account of one man's life as a Gurkha. 'I was completely bowled over by Kailash's book and read it with a beating heart and dry mouth. I felt as though I was at his side, hearing the shells and bullets, enjoying the jokes and listening in the scary dead of night. The skill with which he has included his childhood and training is immense, always discovered with ease in the narrative: it actually felt as though I was watching, was IN a film with him. It brought me nearer than I have ever been not only to the mind of the universal soldier but to a hill boy of Nepal and a hugely impressive Gurkha. I raced through it and couldn't put it down: it reads like a thriller. If you want to know anything about the Gurkhas, read this book, and be prepared for a thrilling and dangerous trip' Joanna Lumley

Gurkha

Author: Peter Carroll

Publisher: Biteback Publishing

ISBN: 1849543046

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5900


The course of a life can be altered by the smallest decisions; the most innocuous events can turn out to have the greatest of consequences. On a Sunday afternoon in 2004, local politician Peter Carroll invited four men into his Folkestone home and promised to help them fight for the right to settle in the country they had served. Five years later, the Gurkhas of Nepal welcomed Peter as a national hero. A losing election battle against the Conservatives in his constituency and a local protest to save village post offices were the only campaigning experience that Peter could bring to the table. But passion, belief and sheer good fortune were on his side. The Gurkha Justice campaign was like a storm. It started slowly, gathering strength over the ensuing months and years before finally building to a crescendo, bursting into the national consciousness and overturning the policy of Her Majesty's Government in spectacular style. For anyone who has lost faith in human nature, Gurkha shows that when good people do good things, the incredible can be achieved. Too many people think that democracy and politics can't deliver, but here is one shining example of our country and its institutions at their very best.

Gurkha Guns

Author: Ganesh Rai

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1839780088

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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Powerful, heart-rending and unforgettable, - Gurkha Guns' tells the true story of a young Gurkha soldier's life before, during and after, the Falklands War. The reader is gripped from the beginning by this remarkable, moving account of how the author Ganesh Rai became a soldier and left his native village for a life of adventure, peril and arduous self-discipline.

Gurkha Brotherhood

Author: Kailash Limbu

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 178929259X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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'Sometimes my mind reaches back beyond the fear and the arid landscapes of war, to memories of childhood that fill me with happiness and laughter.' ___________ 'A humane and gripping book which proves beyond doubt why the Gurkhas are known as such formidable warriors.' - Sir Ranulph Fiennes ___________ This is a searingly honest memoir by Kailash Limbu, a serving Gurkha soldier who undertook five tours of active service in Afghanistan. Kailash Limbu was in the front line of the fighting in Helmand Province. On dangerous resupply missions and on offensive patrols that took them to the heart of the 'killing zone', he and his men came under frequent attack from Taliban fighters. He talks of other operations in which he has served - and, perhaps most movingly, of the other Gurkha soldiers - the united band of brothers - with whom he serves and on whom he relies every day. On many occasions he has feared he would not live to see the end of the day - and, inevitably, he lost several friends and colleagues from the close-knit Gurkha brotherhood. His means of coping with the trauma of conflict was to travel back in his mind to his childhood in a remote Himalayan village in Nepal. But even amid the simplicity of mountain life, danger and tragedy lurked. In this compelling narrative Capt Limbu celebrates his Gurkha heritage, relates remarkable stories of courage (his own and others'), and confronts demons that have shaped but never broken him. The result is a record of war and peace that is rare in its honesty and humility.

History of the 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles

Author: Colonel H. E. Weekes

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1781493332

Category: History

Page: 620

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A superb unit history. The project, originally privately printed, was initiated by Col. H. E. Weeks, but the final compilation and editing was carried through by several different officers of the Regiment.They made an excellent job of it.They cover the early days at Abbottabad, the Second Afghan War (when Capt John Cook won the Regiment’s first VC at Peiwar Kotal), the Black Mountain expedition, the Hunza affair (when two more VCs were gained), and the services of the three battalions in the Great War (1st Bn at Gallipoli, 2nd Bn in Mesopotamia, and 3rd Bn in India and Mesopotamia). The text is accompanied by an Index, Apps: Roll of Honour (British officers ony), H & A, & list of former officers.

The Gurkha Diaries of Robert Atkins MC

Author: Robert Atkins MC

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 1399091468

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

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How fortunate it is that Robert Atkins wrote up his experiences as a young Gurkha officer in India and later Malaya as, seventy years on, they form an important contemporaneous record of two historically significant periods. When India was granted Independence in 1947, irreconcilable religious differences made Partition inevitable. His account of the death, destruction and suffering that he and his soldiers witnessed makes for traumatic yet compelling reading. In the aftermath of Independence the Gurkha Regiments were split between the Indian and British Armies and Robert returned to England and British service. Three years later on his way to fight in the Korean War, he was ordered to join 1st Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles engaged in the battle against communist terrorists, known as the Malayan Emergency. Robert saw more than his share of action over next seven years in this eventually successful but bitterly fought campaign. His courage and leadership earned him the Military Cross. The two diaries are introduced with helpful narratives setting each in their historical context. Written with admirable modesty, this superb personal account informs and entertains.

Gurkha Warriors - The Inside Story of The World's Toughest Regiment

Author: Robert Crew

Publisher: Metro Publishing

ISBN: 1786069881

Category: History

Page: 288

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Throughout our recent and not-so-recent history, the understated, fearless and hearty Gurkhas have served the British loyally and without complaint. For more than a hundred years, this bloodthirsty regiment has followed the British Army around the globe - from Gallipoli to the jungles of Burma in World War II, from Palestine to the Falklands and the Gulf War. This text tells the story of this regiment. It tells of the Gurkha blood running through the veins of British military conquests for more than two centuries, from the founding of the brigade by the terrifying, extraordinary Johnny Gurkha through to the amazing feats that put Gurkhas in the same distinguished company as the British Paras, the Commandos, the Guards and the Black Watch.

Gurkha War Poems

Author: M. Tembe; K. N. Rai; A. Kanchha

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1491880953

Category: Poetry

Page: 106

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'Gurkha War Poems' is truly historical anthology by the real Gurkhas.