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Bugles and a Tiger: A Personal Adventure Hardcover – 1956

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  • Hardcover: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; FIRST EDITION edition (1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670194506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670194506
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dee Dee on 11 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Where has this beautiful book been hiding? If you were also ignorant of its existence I urge not to rely on anyone else to give you a copy, as I did. A fabulous account of a young mans evolution as a Gurkha officer on the Indian Frontier in the 1930's, it is rich in atmosphere and anectdote. Consistently funny, and sometimes brutal, it is the perfect holiday read. Surely this is on the reading list at Sandhurst?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2004
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Even if you have only the most passing interest in history this is one of those rare books that you should not leave un-read.
Masters recounts, in beautiful style, his passage through the RMC Sandhurst and on to becoming a subaltern in 2/4 Ghurkha Rifles on India's Northwest frontier. But this is no ordinary story about a toff fagging and hurrahing his way through life, rather it is an evocative self-study set against the backdrop of interwar Britain and India.
In his descriptions of India it becomes clear how in love Masters was with the country and the people and especially with his beloved Ghurkhas. Though this is not to suggest he expresses or represents some outdated colonial view, his love of the Ghurkhas was reciprocal and if it may at times seem paternalistic, it is in that he demonstrates the very essence of a good young officer, genuine care and very deep respect for his men.
This book is also alive with individual cameos of the Ghurkha officers and men with whom Masters served and allows the reader rare insight in to the life of an Indian Army regiment before the second world war. This book is also richly veined with humour and you are likely to find yourself frequently laughing out loud at exploits such as 'mess mountaineering'.
This book should be obligatory reading at Sandhurst as it is full of lessons for would-be officers, but is also obligatory reading for anyone with an interest in history, military or otherwise, travel or biography.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Long on 10 Sept. 2007
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Is the story of one man grappling to come to terms with command, and not a normal command but the command of a Company of Gurkhas [namely A Company of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Prince of Wales Own Gurkha Rifles].

In 1933 John Masters moves from Wellington to Sandhurst and then after training to India and a brief stay of further education with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, and then on to the 2/4 PWOGR, here he takes command of a Rifle Company as it maintains order on the edge of the Empire. Imperial Policing at its zenith, this is a remarkable insight to the North West Frontier of the time [although not much seems to have changed] and the clashes with the Pathans tribesmen. Masters learns his trade under the watchful eye of his Commanding Officer, and on the brink of the Second World War, he is the Adjutant of the Battalion ready to see further action in an all too different clash of arms.

An excellent recollection, lovingly written of the old Indian Army, by someone who learnt his trade on one of the remotest outpost of Empire. Recommended to anyone who has an interest in Military History or is about to take up unit command themselves.

G LONG
2007
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Long on 10 Sept. 2007
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Is the story of one man grappling to come to terms with command, and not a normal command but the command of a Company of Gurkhas [namely A Company of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Prince of Wales Own Gurkha Rifles].

In 1933 John Masters moves from Wellington to Sandhurst and then after training to India and a brief stay of further education with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, and then on to the 2/4 PWOGR, here he takes command of a Rifle Company as it maintains order on the edge of the Empire. Imperial Policing at its zenith, this is a remarkable insight to the North West Frontier of the time [although not much seems to have changed] and the clashes with the Pathans tribesmen. Masters learns his trade under the watchful eye of his Commanding Officer, and on the brink of the Second World War, he is the Adjutant of the Battalion ready to see further action in an all too different clash of arms.

An excellent recollection, lovingly written of the old Indian Army, by someone who learnt his trade on one of the remotest outpost of Empire. Recommended to anyone who has an interest in Military History or is about to take up unit command themselves.

G LONG
2007
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. T. Gilder on 4 Oct. 2005
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I first read this on recommendation, while serving with the British Army in Malaya in the mid sixties. It was a good read then for a twenty year old, but re-reading it some forty years later was a wonderful surprise. What an eye opener it would be for young officers now to see how officers had to live for their foreseeable lives (and enjoyed it!), and although there is undoubtedly a job to be done in the modern army in some extremely tough places, there is no doubt that this era was tough and ugly. But in the company of those wonderful Gurkhas, some some fun could be had too. As a fellow rifleman of a sister regiment it was a joy to re-read, but anyone with an interest in military history, or simply wanting to read a true story of someone telling their story of a fascinating life could do no better than to read this. I look forward to reading the next part of this fascinating autobiography; The Road Past Mandalay.
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