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Gurkhas at war : eyewitness accounts from World War II to Iraq / edited by J.P. Cross and Buddhiman Gurung ; foreword by Field Marshal Sir John Chapple.

Contributor(s): Cross, J. P [editor.] | Gurung, Buddhiman [editor.] | Chapple, John [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Barnsley, S. Yorkshire Frontline Books, 2016Copyright date: ©2002Description: 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781848328174; 1848328176.Subject(s): Gurkha soldiers -- History | Gurkha soldiers -- InterviewsGenre/Form: Personal narratives.DDC classification: 355.31 Summary: 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.
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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 center 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 traveled 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.

First published in 2002 by Greenhill Books.

Includes index.

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.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Maps (p. 4)
  • List of Illustrations (p. 5)
  • Glossary (p. 6)
  • Abbreviations (p. 7)
  • Foreword (p. 9)
  • Introduction (p. 11)
  • Part 1 Who are the Gurkhas? (p. 13)
  • Chapter 1 The Gurkha Soldier (p. 15)
  • Chapter 2 Interviewing the Gurkhas (p. 23)
  • Chapter 3 The Gurkha Order of Battle (p. 31)
  • Part 2 Gurkhas of the Indian Army (p. 35)
  • Chapter 4 Malaya (p. 37)
  • Chapter 5 Burma (p. 41)
  • The Loss of Burma, 1941 - 42 (p. 44)
  • First Chindit Operation, 1943 (p. 66)
  • The Arakan, Kohima and Imphal, 1943-44 (p. 85)
  • The Reconquest of Burma, 1944-45 (p. 107)
  • Chapter 6 War with Germany (p. 127)
  • Chapter 7 The Aftermath (p. 161)
  • Java (p. 161)
  • India (p. 166)
  • Part 3 Gurkhas of the British Army (p. 176)
  • Chapter 8 Malayan Emergency (p. 178)
  • Chapter 9 Brunei and Borneo (p. 224)
  • Brunei Rebellion, 1962-63 (p. 226)
  • Confrontation in Borneo, 1963-66 (p. 231)
  • Chapter 10 Hong Kong (p. 275)
  • Chapter 11 Cyprus (p. 280)
  • Chapter 12 The Falklands (p. 285)
  • Chapter 13 The Gulf War (p. 299)
  • Chapter 14 Former Yugoslavia (p. 305)
  • Chapter 15 East Timor (p. 309)
  • Chapter 16 Final Thoughts of an Old Soldier (p. 313)
  • Further Reading (p. 314)
  • Index (p. 315)