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Old February 4th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #1

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Gurkhas in WW2


I was just reading something about Gurkhas sneaking into a German barracks and killing most of the soldiers while they slept i was wondering how just how true is this story?
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Old February 4th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #2

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Could be true, who knows with those little fellas.

Read one where the Gurkha platoon senior NCO goes missing as they move up to the line in Burma-- very easy to get lost in the jungle in Burma, well that what the Brit officers assume.

A couple of days later he reappears and is in a very emotional and even terrified state, why?

He is worried that they British officers thought he had deserted or run,he explains that he did become detached and lost (easily done) but being a good soldier knew how to reach the position. However in doing so he came across a Japanese patrol behind British lines.

He starks and kills them all over the next couple of days mainly with his kukri,

but he has a problem how to prove he has not deserted? (the British officers knew such a fine soldier would never do any such thing)

With a big smile the Gurkha presents the British officers with a sack with 17 'football' like objects,and the sack is dripping!

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Old February 4th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #3

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An old Aussie soldier told me the Gurkhas sometimes entered the Australians tents at night and felt around the soldiers jackets. When this happened the Aussies were warned not to react, the Gurkhas once satisfied in finding friendly insignia withdrew silently to move on to other camps.

Interesting side note if you like contempoary Gerkha stories, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, albeit a little less honorable. In my travels through China, I found that the Triad families based in Hong Kong no longer use Chinese muscle to enforce their empire. That position is now run by the Hong Kong based former Gerkhas, stationed there by the British prior to 1997. An oldtimer told me that organized crime in Hong Kong "...is completely run by Nepalese".
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Old February 4th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #4
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Gurkhas have a reputation for being some of the best infantrymen ever to walk the earth. There are lots of stories about them, and probably a lot of them are exaggerations or stories, but these come based in fact.

It really is hard to tell because Gurkha soldiers continue to pull off ridiculous acts to this day. See Dipprasad Pun fighting off somewhere between a dozen and thirty Taliban fighters, including bludgeoning one with a tripod when he ran out of ammo.

Gurkha soldiers very well could have done this. They had contact with German soldiers in North Africa and later Italy.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 05:43 AM   #5

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Talked to a soldier whom served with an ex-Ghurka, he said it wasn't uncommon to wake up with a red line drawn across your throat in felt pen.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 06:26 AM   #6
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There is a famous story about the Gurkhas in N.Africa in WW2. Their officer could not quite believe the stories of how many Germans they had killed in their patrols at night.
The next night, another patrol went out, and returned with a bag of ears, to prove how many they had got!
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Old February 5th, 2012, 06:41 AM   #7

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Old February 5th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #8
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During 1971 India - Pakistan war, Indian army was trying to take a post 'Hathi Matha' at 14000ft above sea level, the post is separated by a river half frozen flowing through its foot. To take the post, Indian soldiers have to swim across the river with full battle pack and then climb that height under heavy enemy fire. Then came the famous Gurkha regiment of Indian Army, they crossed the river at 2 A.M, temperature -14 degree celcius. Under heavy shelling and enemy machine gun fire just 200 yards above them, they climbed the height and what happened next was same during 2nd world war. The Kukhris flashed and heads rolled. At 6 A.M the Indian flag was raised on 'Hathi Matha'. No other military unit in the entire world can do such a daring operation. Like Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw once said, " If someone do not fear death, then he is telling lie or he is a Gurkha".
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Old November 10th, 2012, 05:17 PM   #9

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My great grandfather used to serve with the Gordon Highlanders during WWII, and just before he passed away (god rest his soul), me and my Uncle used to meet up for lunch with him every weekend and he used to tell us stories of his experiences with the Gurkhas.

One such story was that at night, he and the rest of his unit were ordered to stay still at night, if any Gurkhas were to pass through their lines. If there was any movements, there was a chance of death.

Another story I heard, and which he would confirm for me, was that one of the tactics of the Gurkhas was to sneak into the German camps. One German officer supposedly woke up to to see that the men on either side of him were dead, and he would find out his own she laces were cut on his boots, indicating they could have killed him if they wanted (this tale now seems to have been included on wikipedia).
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #10

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My father served in the Burma campaign in WW II. He never talked much about the war but he did relate one fact. His unit was told never move around at night without wearing your helmet. Some of the men were unhappy with this as the helmet could be hot and uncomfortable. My father found the reason on the second night and was quick to tell his mates. On patrol he paused for a moment under a tree. A quiet voice above him spoke telling him "pass" "scaring the s..t of of him" as he put it. The Gurkha had gently felt the brim of the helmet,.
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