Farwell, Byron.


Rep., 1984. 317 pp., photo & other ills., + map. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. The Gurkha regiments of the British Army are considered to be some of the toughest infantrymen in the world. They fought alongside the British during the Indian Mutiny, in France, Gallipoli, Suez and Mesopotamia during the First World War, and on every front in the Second World War from Singapore to Italy and North Africa. They have also fought in countless smaller wars – ‘the savage wars of peace’ – on the North-West Frontier of India, in Malaya, Borneo and the Falklands. Farwell traces the history of the Gurkhas from the formation of the first battalion in 1816 to the present day. As well as their wartime exploits, vividly portrayed, he also describes the characteristics, customs and festivals of the Gurkhas, their family life and traditions, their recruitment and training and their peacetime role in Britain and abroad.

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