Gurkhas have served with the British for almost 200 years, first with the army of the East India Company, then with the Indian Army of the Raj, and then in 1947 becoming an integral part of the British Army. This anthology of articles from The Kukri by J. P. Cross covers much of the past sixty years of their history, taking in the last days of the Second World War and the Indonesian Confrontation in the 1960s, and also gives an insight into the culture and beliefs of these renowned soldiers.
As a Gurkha officer, J. P. Cross had many unusual experiences in his long career: in 1945, for example, he was attached to a Japanese battalion in Indochina which was fighting for the British against the Viet Minh, and the only photograph taken of this Japanese unit finally laying down its weapons appears in this book. Later, he just managed to resolve a potentially deadly dispute between an offended Gurkha and a visiting South Vietnamese trainee at the Jungle Warfare School. He also describes several seemingly supernatural experiences whilst serving with troops from a culture where such things are firmly believed in.
This is a unique anthology drawn from an equally unique military career and a relationship with the Gurkhas that has lasted for over half a century.
It may be said with some authority, that John Cross’ knowledge on matters Gurkha, their customs and history, remain unsurpassed. Not only has he served some 39 years in the army, mostly with Gurkhas, but... [read full review]The Jungle Warfare School, and The Confrontation against Indonesia.
This work consists of a collection of articles, the majority of which were originally written for The Kukri, journal of the Brigade of Gurkhas over a period between 1950 and 2007.
The author, Lt Col... [read full review]Gerry Birch, Asian Affairs
This splendid anthology covers much of the last 60 years and also gives an insight into the culture and beliefs of these renowned soldiers. This is a unique anthology drawn from the fascinating military... [read full review]PENNANT
A unique anthology of articles covering seven decades of life with the Gurkhas, covering jungle warfare, Gurkhas and the British Army and some of the Author's life experience.Pennant Online
This book is called ‘Gurkha Tales’ but as John Cross explains in his introduction, it is not tales of or about the Gurkhas rather, tales the Gurkhas tell and there is a subtle difference. Each... [read full review]Britain-Nepal Society Journal
I have just started reading Gurkha Tales – which is absolutely absorbing. It is so crystal clear in description and it up ‘ un-put-downable’. Congratulations and well done!Gerry Wheatley
I’ve just finished reading ‘Gurkha Tales’ and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it. I think you must have a photographic memory perhaps coupled with a detailed daily diary. Amazing. ... [read full review]Bill Batten
This is an eclectic and fascinating collection of autobiographical stories by a legendary retired British officer of the Brigade of Gurkhas. Ranging from the strategic and tactical to the whimsical and occasionally spiritual, the anthology... [read full review]Soldier Magazine
There are few people with as much knowledge of the Gurkhas as JP Cross, who served as a Gurkha officer for forty years and has lived among them since. The author writes with humour and... [read full review]The Good Book Guide
Colonel John Cross is a living legend in the British armed forces – very living, one might add, for at the tender age of 87 he still manages to spend half his waking hours trekking... [read full review]Military History Monthly
Having spent an impressive sixty-seven years amongst the Gurkhas, first as a serving officer and then as a resident of Nepal, few would argue that J. P. Cross is not ideally placed to write a... [read full review]Britain at War
Gurkha Tales is an eclectic and fascinating collection of autobiographical stories by the legendary “JPX”. Ranging from the strategic and tactical, to the whimsical and occasionally spiritual, this anthology provides unique, first-hand insights into... [read full review]Lt Col Elton Davis (Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, HQ British Gurkhas, Nepal)
It may be said, with some authority, that John Cross’ knowledge on matters Gurkha, their language, customs and history is unsurpassed. Not only has he served some 39 years in the army, mostly with Gurkhas,... [read full review]Peter Quantrill, 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association Journal
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