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Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas By Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu

Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas
by Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu

In Gurkha we hear, for the first time in two hundred years of service to the British crown, the authentic voice of a Gurkha soldier. Never before has a serving Gurkha written an account of his own life.
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Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas Summary


In the summer of 2006, Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand. He was told to prepare for a forty-eight hour operation. In the end, he and his men were under siege for thirty-one days - one of the longest such sieges in the whole of the Afghan campaign. Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of those thirty-one days - in which they killed an estimated one hundred Taliban fighters - and intersperses them with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas. He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn't see a car until he was fifteen. Kailash's descriptions of Gurkha training and rituals - including how to use the lethal Kukri knife - are eye-opening and fascinating. They combine with the story of his time in Helmand to create a unique account of one man's life as a Gurkha.

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GOR006681312
Title
Gurkha: Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Little, Brown Book Group
Year published
Number of pages
352
ISBN 10
1408705354
ISBN 13
9781408705353
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