The Gurkhas

200 Years of Service to the Crown

Major General J. C. Lawrence CBE

The Gurkhas

Major General J. C. Lawrence CBE

Distributed for Uniform Press

With a Foreword by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, and an Introduction by Joanna Lumley
300 pages | 120 color plates, 100 halftones | 9 x 11 | © 2015
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9781910500026 Published August 2015 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw, former Chief of Staff of the Indian Army once said, “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.” There is no body of fighters more well known—or more feared—in the British Army than the Brigade of Gurkhas. Formed in June 1815, these fierce soldiers are still world-renowned for their courage, finesse, and their signature weapon, the Khukuri. In their two-hundred year history, they have won major victories, countless medals for bravery, and the hearts of the British people.
 
This book, written by Major General J C Lawrence CBE, with a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, is the complete visual history of the regiment, its brave soldiers, and the romanticism imbued by tales told over centuries. With over two hundred magnificent photos, The Gurkhas will delight historians and military enthusiasts alike.
Contents
Foreword: HRH The Prince of Wales KG KT GBG OM
Introduction: Joanna Lumley OBE
Author’s Preface
 
Chapter 1: The British Empire Meets the Gurkhas (1814-1816)
Chapter 2: the Gurkhas Prove their Worth (Time and Again) (1817-1858)
Chapter 3: Fighting on the British Empire’s Frontiers (1859-1913)
Chapter 4: The First World War (1914-1918)
Chapter 5: No Respite: The Inter-War years (1919-1937)
Chapter 6: The Second World War (1938-1945)
Chapter 7: The Post-War years and Malalya (1946-1960)
Chapter 8: The Late Twentieth Century (1961-2005)
Chapter 9: Contemporary Wars: Afghanistan (2001-2015)
 
Special Interest Sections
The Gurkha Kukri
Hill Racing in the Brigade of Gurkhas
Bagpipes and Tartan in the Brigade of Gurkhas
Recruiting in the Brigade of Gurkhas
Bands Within the Brigade of Gurkhas
Gurkha Paratroopers
The Victoria Crosses of the Brigade of Gurkhas
 
Appendix 1: Battle Honours of the Brigade of Gurkhas
Appendix 2: The Current Brigade of Gurkhas
Appendix 3: The Gurkha Welfare Trust
Appendix 4: The Gurkha Museum
 
Notes
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index
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