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The Gurkhas (Anglais) Broché – 17 octobre 1990

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"Filled with interesting and often highly entertaining historical anecdotes, and there are some rare photographs and illustrations. . . . Lucid, well written. . . . A very sound contribution to our understanding of British Empire and South Asian history."? Choice This book will tell who the Gurkhas are and where they come from. It will describe their manners, customs, and character, and their history as soldiers, with special attention to their unique skills and remarkable valor. Their story is as colorful and as romantic as that of the French Foreign Legion, and yet it has never been fully or adequately told.

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During the Second World War, Byron Farwell (1921-1999) served as a captain of engineers attached to the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in the British Eighth Army area.

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The history of Nepal until quite recently has been a long, sad tale of brutality, greed, cruelty, betrayal, barbarity, treachery, rebellion and assassination. Lire la première page
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Inspiring and Educational 29 août 1999
Par Sean M. Doyle (CeltDoyle@aol.com) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book was well written and very informative in all areas pertaining to those durable soldiers, the Gurkhas. I couldn't put it down and was so enthralled with it that I had to take off from a day of work to finish it. This book has taught me of a warrior tradition I only knew from conversations. It has inspired me to find out more and more of this story. A must read for any military enthusiast
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
"Ayo Gurkhali!" The Gurkhas are Coming! 28 avril 2004
Par Roger Kennedy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is another splendid book by Farwell. Over the years he has written many books chronicling the life of the British soldier and his many gallent campaigns in the days when the sun never set on the Union Jack. The Gurkhas have established themselves as one of the world's elite fighting forces, and justly so. Farwell does a nice job telling their story from their beginnings in 1815 when the British first encountered these redoubtable hillmen as enemies. Over the decades they steadily gained the trust and respect of all who commanded them in India. Their exploits during the Indian Mutiny of 1857 firmly endeared their trust to the British who were justly weary of the loyalty of any native troops after the attrocities committed by seapoys in that rebellion.
The Gurkhas identified themselves as Rifles, or Light Infantry and assumed many of the traditions of the Rifle Brigade and Royal Green Jackets. This includes the fast 140 pace, the green hued uniforms, the use of bugles and the like. This is also seen in the style of performance in the band of the Brigade of Gurkhas who perform in their own unique style at Tattoos with fast paced marching and music. Past association with Scottish regiments resulted in another carry over tradition, the inclusion of pipes in all regimental music. Again, the Gurkhas have developed their own keen style of piping, including many traditional Napalese tunes as well as Scots pipe music. Too bad Farwell did not touch a little more on these interesting traditions which make the Gurkhas quite unique.
Sadly in todays much reduced British army all of the Gurkha regiments have been reduced to one, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, with a paltry two battalions. Farwell's book is as much social history as well as military anedotes. This is a standard feature of many of his works. Since the book was written back in the 1980s it does not reflect any of the recent conflicts and peace keeping missions which the Gurkhas have been involved with, nor their current force reductions. Still an entertaining and informative book nonetheless.
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Fine account of these brave soldiers. 13 juin 2000
Par Bob Jarvis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
The rousing history of the Ghurkas & their wonderful achievements are meat & drink for an author like Farwell & he certainly doesn't disappoint here. Good mix of general military history together with plenty of first hand, personal accounts of Ghurka bravery & quirkiness. These are a special people & this is a fascinating story of how their 200+ years of loyal service to the British Crown's Armed Forces came about &, sadly, ended on pretty poor terms. Recommended!
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The Better-to-die-than-be-a-coward-men 8 avril 2009
Par Roman Nies - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
How could anyone be interested to write a book about the Nepalese infantry in the service of the British army? That question made me flip through the book in the bookshop. And since I found an interesting answer I bought the book. And I did not repent it. I read it while in company with Nepalese men. Gurkhas are foremost Nepalese men.
As answer to my question I could say I found in the book a description of the army service of these men as well as a description of the character of these men which displayed a collection of good qualities that every man should have.
The picture the author is showing here is correlating with my own experience with the mountain men of Nepal, these cheerful stocky highlanders (by the way this goes for many "highlanders" as if mountains are character polishing!). They are honest, reliable, tough, tenacious, fearless, brave, loyal, friendly, humorous, helpful and they are very strong. Why not conclude and formulate a theory that good men with qualities, make also resilient fighters in the men`s business that is war (whereas there are other good men, who make no good fighters, but the point is: no good men, no good for nothing).
Of course I liked the chapter about Characters and Characteristics. The Gurkha "knows how to be obedient without being servile" - something many mountaineers witnessed as well. They are a model of "acceptance of strange people and extraordinary circumstances" and they have something which the guys of old called moral: "Even the newest Ghurka recruit appeared to accept with equanimity war`s horrors and physical hardships, remaining cheerful, able to emerge from battle - even defeat - with his moral unimpaired."
Superman - a Ghurka? With one mistake at least: "If he has a mistake it is his hasty temper" as a Coronel expressed it. And too superstitious I would add!
Of less interest I found the chapters about the different campaigns the Ghurkas were used - or misused- by the British, a major part of the book. When the going got tough they cried out for the Gurkhas and the Gurkhas - and other British colony nationalities - shed their (less precious??) blood.
When you are interested in British warfare and military history this book is right for you. Otherwise you need to be interested in manliness with the peculiar characteristics of the Ghurkas.
Meanwhile the Gurkhas serve their own nations (the Indians also formed troops of mountain men which they also call Gurkhas), nations that have to fight no war at all in the peaceful Himalaya - luckily. The mountain men serve instead mountain expeditions. There is a certain similarity to military expeditions which should be enough for them to appease their drive for probation. Only a pity that they have to change their pretty Kukri knifes into ice axes.
They still will cling to their motto: Kaphar hunnu bhanda marnu ramrod - It is better to die than be a coward!
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A good book about some stouthearted soldiers 5 mai 2005
Par D. D Lawson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Most Mercenary Troops are not what you would call top drawer people. Most having the most pressing reason not to hang around home. The reason usually involving a Woman or a Noose. Some of these outfits are noted for their draconian discipline like the Foreign Legion or the German Penal battalions of WWII. I would of not wanted to of been an officer or Non Com in those units. The Ghurkhas are another story and its a great story. From their war with "John Company" in 1815 to the present, The Gurkhas have set a very high standard indeed. As an example,It was a sight to see at Buckingham Palace in watching them mount Guard in place of the Guards. I just can't picture the Legion doing the same job in Paris. Of all the Regimental stories I have read so far this is near the top of the list. Mr. Farwell has done his usual good job of telling a good story about Englands Army and her late Empire.
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