Gurkhas at War (ePub)
In Their Own Words
Gurkhas at War, the result of in-depth interviews conducted by editors J. P. Cross and Buddhiman Gurung, provides these remarkable soldiers with the opportunity to put their own experiences and stories in print.
These first-person narratives centre on the sixty-year period from the outbreak of the Second World War 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 wells 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 change.
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 of soldiers.
The Gurkhas are a famed band of warriors whose history has usually been told by outsiders. This book however is the result of in depth interviews with more than 100 Gurkha soldiers past and present, and for the first time depicts key military campaigns in the words of the men who were there. These eye witness accounts include the lengthy battles against the Japanese in the Burmese jungle, the action against Communist rebels in Malaya and Hong Kong, as well as more recent deployments, including the Falklands and Iraq. In this book, first published in 2002 and now in 2016 as a paperback, the authors provide a thorough introduction to Gurkha culture, a historical overview, a historical of each campaign fought and record some of the peculiarities of their encounters with these tough soldiers. To support the text there are 11 maps, 28 monochrome photographs, suggested further reading and an index.Stuart Asquith, Author