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jinxx71 #1 Posted Feb 04 2012 - 03:04

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All comments welcome.

You can read the article here.

Winston_Churchill #2 Posted Feb 04 2012 - 23:24

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Really nice article, nice to see the lesser known Ghurkas get a good article, men who fought and still fight more bravely than many other men.

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ghurkas are also great cigars

RetepTrun #4 Posted Feb 04 2012 - 23:37

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Interesting article.  I think maybe gurkha is spelled wrong though.

I came across this bbc article.  A gurka fought off 15 taliban and is awarded a medal.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12854492

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During my days as an officer in the Canadian Forces, I got to work with a Gurkha Regiment (correct spelling by the way) on an exchange exercise. They are awesome soldiers and I definitely want them on my side in a fight.

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Ghurkas rule -- and by the way they are still scaring hell out of the enemy in Afghanistan.  I recently read a story of one Ghurka returning from combat who stopped a train robbery.  It was a gang of at least a dozen, using only his Khukri he killed some and drove off the rest, most while wounded himself.  I have a Khukri just because of the things I've read about those guys.  :Smile_honoring:

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View PostRetepTrun, on Feb 04 2012 - 23:37, said:

Interesting article.  I think maybe gurkha is spelled wrong though.

I came across this bbc article.  A gurka fought off 15 taliban and is awarded a medal.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12854492

The spelling is  "Gurkha" which is how it is pronounced. And their Melee weapon is spelled and pronounced "Khukuri" which is actually a "traditional household kitchen knife" at Nepal. My dad uses it to chop meat (even with the femur bone).
It is nice to have a news feed dedicated to the Gurkha and inform people about them.  :Smile_honoring:

PS: This is coming from a Nepalese who has descended from the family linage of Gurkha (From my father up to great-grand-dad, but may be even more because i cant recall since i never met them). I don't intend to mooch off on their credit but makes me feel proud but i probably wont continue the military heritage. I also do have to say, my great-grand-dad was a tough old nail  :Smile-izmena:   with a lost eye and bullet wound to the arm (but may be more since i didnt see them) and survived for a long age considering life expectancy for a Nepalese was around 60 and i have some childhood memories with him.

EDIT: He received those wounds during retreat when the Japanese came with tanks and his troops were only issued with rifles  :D:D  

:D:D:D:D

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Any Ghurka tankers?

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View PostSmedlee, on Feb 05 2012 - 00:49, said:

Any Ghurka tankers?

Now that is scary.

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View PostSmedlee, on Feb 05 2012 - 00:49, said:

Any Ghurka tankers?

Very unlikely as Gurkhas would be busy with feeding his family during his duty and after retirement. But their offsprings residing in UK might do.

strYker555 #11 Posted Feb 05 2012 - 01:28

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Gurkhas are amongst the most toughest fearless soldiers you can find. Yet they are always happy and smiling, they laugh at death with derision. Just recently a Gurkha soldier hacked the head off a dead Taliban commander in the heat of battle after his superiors wanted proof that they killed the guy, well they got their proof alright lol.

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View PostRetepTrun, on Feb 04 2012 - 23:37, said:

Interesting article.  I think maybe gurkha is spelled wrong though.

I came across this bbc article.  A gurka fought off 15 taliban and is awarded a medal.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12854492

No, Gurkha is spelled correctly in the article.

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View PostPikerock, on Feb 05 2012 - 00:37, said:

Ghurkas rule -- and by the way they are still scaring hell out of the enemy in Afghanistan.  I recently read a story of one Ghurka returning from combat who stopped a train robbery.  It was a gang of at least a dozen, using only his Khukri he killed some and drove off the rest, most while wounded himself.  I have a Khukri just because of the things I've read about those guys.  :Smile_honoring:

According to Gurkha tradition, you must draw blood every time you unsheathe the Khukri. :Smile_honoring: Let us hope that they are not our enemies in the future. :Smile-hiding:

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View PostRamjali123, on Feb 05 2012 - 00:40, said:

The spelling is  "Gurkha" which is how it is pronounced. And their Melee weapon is spelled and pronounced "Khukuri" which is actually a "traditional household kitchen knife" at Nepal. My dad uses it to chop meat (even with the femur bone).
It is nice to have a news feed dedicated to the Gurkha and inform people about them.  :Smile_honoring:

PS: This is coming from a Nepalese who has descended from the family linage of Gurkha (From my father up to great-grand-dad, but may be even more because i cant recall since i never met them). I don't intend to mooch off on their credit but makes me feel proud but i probably wont continue the military heritage. I also do have to say, my great-grand-dad was a tough old nail  :Smile-izmena:   with a lost eye and bullet wound to the arm (but may be more since i didnt see them) and survived for a long age considering life expectancy for a Nepalese was around 60 and i have some childhood memories with him.

EDIT: He received those wounds during retreat when the Japanese came with tanks and his troops were only issued with rifles  :D:D  

:D:D:D:D

Well, I am glad that the Brits recruited the Gurkhas and that they are still on our side.  :unsure::Smile_harp::Smile_great::Smile-hiding::Smile_honoring:

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View PostStrilight, on Feb 05 2012 - 01:13, said:

Now that is scary.


Let us pray that that day never comes. And how did you get that subscript that is below the comment?

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And in return for their bravery and sacrifice the British Army would, prior to 1997 pay them only 1/3 of the pension paid to a British soldier. For King and country..but on the cheap eh wot.

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Gurkhas are also forming a large part of INDIAN Infantry, thier are many ethnic Gurkhas probably more than Nepal who have been living for centuries in India.

Zepheris #18 Posted Feb 05 2012 - 04:30

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gurkha in indian army is the largest one iirc, of all the gurkha forces in active military duty.. right now.

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View PostNicksRevenge, on Feb 05 2012 - 01:56, said:

Let us pray that that day never comes. And how did you get that subscript that is below the comment?

...My signature?

Zulnex #20 Posted Feb 05 2012 - 05:08

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Very nice article. Thank you for sharing. :Smile_honoring: