Gurkha : Better to Die than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas
by Colour Sergeant Kailash Limbu
✅ Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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“I was completely overwhelmed by Kailash’s book and read it with a heartbeat and dry mouth.I felt as if I was beside him, heard the shells and bullets, enjoying the jokes and listening in the scary dead of the night.The skill with which he included his childhood and his formation is immense, always discovered with ease in the narrative: he made it feel as if I was watching, was IN A Movie with him.It brought me the closest I have ever been to thinking not only of the universal soldier, but of a boy hill in Nepal and a very impressive Gurkhas.I ran through it and I couldn’t put it down: it reads like a thriller.If you want to know all about the Gurkhas, read this book, and be prepared for an exciting and dangerous journey’ Joanna LumleyIn summer 2006, Couleur-Sargeant Kailash Limbu of the peloton, was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the city of Now Zad in Helmand province.He was told to prepare for forty-eight hours of operation.In the end, he and his men had been in siege for 31 days – one of the longest such sieges in the entire Afghan campaign.Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of these thirty-one days – in which they killed nearly a hundred Taliban fighters and interspersed with the story of his own life as a Himalayan inhabitant.He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn’t see a car until he was 15.Kailash descriptions of the Gurkhas of training and rituals, including how to use the murderous Kukri knife – are open eyes and fascinating Kailash descriptions of the Gurkhas of training and rituals, including how to use the murderous Kukri knife – are open eyes and fascinatingThey combine with the history of his time in Helmand Province to create a unique account of a man’s life as a Gurkhas.
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