Originally Posted by Nemowork
Nepal is a poor country, if your a bright, go getting young man with any pride and ambition theres not many outlets. On the other hand the British and Indian armies offer high pay, medical support and a lifelong pension. It encourages people to join whose equivalent in western countries would be entrepreneurs, businessmen and sports stars ie the best of the best and it helps that all that high altitude mountain climbing and rural living makes them as tough as nails.
Indeed so. The recruits were/are apparently eager to join, and infact sometimes there was too many recruits. It certainly led to a better financial life.
They have repaid that consistently with their complete loyalty and blood amongst numerous battlefileds aroun the globe. The relationship, as you know, building from the war between the two, whereby they gained respect for each others martial abiities.
I can't think of a Ghurka story like that, Lachiman Gurung VC is fairly impressive |
But the sword story sounds more like George Cairns VC of the Chindits
Both of those are pinched from their Wiki pages.
Fascinating stuff. Thanks for that. Thats one of the confusing things, because alot of them come from a few clans, sometimes their names sound similar. At least to me anyway, lol!
The story about the Gurkha and Japanese officer was actually quoted anecdotally in a book I have on the Gurkhas. Ill try and dig it out tonight at home, and quote the full passage