Gurkha Odyssey: Campaigning for the Crown

Gurkha Odyssey: Campaigning for the Crown


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It is 1814 and the Bengal Army of the Honourable East India Company is at war with a marauding Nepal. It is here that the British first encounter the martial spirit of their indomitable foe – the Gurkha hill men from that mountainous independent land. Impressed by their fighting qualities and with the end of hostilities in sight the Company begins to recruit them into their own ranks. Since then these light hearted and gallant soldiers have successfully campaigned wherever the British Army has served – from the North West Frontier of India through two World Wars to the contemporary battlefields of the Falklands islands and Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, with well over one hundred battle honors to their name and at a cost of 20,000 casualties.

In this talk General Duffell separates fact and myth and recounts something of the history, character and spirit of these loyal and dedicated soldiers seen through the prism of his own service and campaigning as a regular officer in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles, as the Brigade of Gurkhas Major General and as Regimental Colonel of the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526730572
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 12/27/2019
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sir Peter Duffell was commissioned into the 2nd Gurkha Rifles in 1960. As a young company commander he was awarded the Military Cross leading Gurkhas in clandestine operations against Indonesia in the 60’s. Military service took him from Malaya to Whitehall and from subaltern to Lieutenant General with much campaigning in between. General Duffell was Commander British Forces in Hong Kong between 1989 and 1992 before becoming the British Army’s Inspector General. On retirement he subsequently worked commercially for 20 years in London, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Moscow and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Foyle Foundation Trustee and was for several years a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Table of Contents

List of Maps ix

Acknowledgements xi

Chapter 1 An Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Starting out 11

Chapter 3 Nepal - Travels and War 35

Chapter 4 Delhi and a Rite of Passage 61

Chapter 5 The Great Game 89

Chapter 6 Iron Wars 109

Chapter 7 Partition and New Beginnings 139

Chapter 8 Emergency and Rebellion 145

Chapter 9 Confrontation 175

Chapter 10 Brush Strokes of Empire 203

Chapter 11 Higher Command 235

Chapter 12 Into the Future 263

Index 279

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