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Bugles and a Tiger [Hardcover]

John Masters
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  • Publisher: The Reprint Society (1957)
  • ASIN: B000XDRMEG
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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A fascinating look at the army in India

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Dee Dee
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A truely wonderful book 29 Nov 2004
By A Customer
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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 Though this is not to suggest he expresses or represents some outdated colonial view, his love of the Ghurkhas was reciprocal and if it may at times seem paternalistic, it is in that he demonstrates the very essence of a good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
4.0 out of 5 stars bugles and a tiger 10 Sep 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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4.0 out of 5 stars bugles and a tiger 10 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A revisit after forty years. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
John Masters writing about the life he loved - brilliant.
Published 10 hours ago by C. Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Policing a troubled border
Sub-headed “My life in the Gurkhas”, this memoir won’t appeal to everyone, but my dad was a lifelong soldier and therefore the army is in my genes. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read
Fantastic story about the development of a 19 year old to army officer and a lot of insigh into the lives of the Bravest of the brave!!
Published 8 months ago by Saurabh Adhikari
5.0 out of 5 stars Dherai Ramailo Book
As a Nepalese it was brilliant to read about this amazing part of history that John Masters shares with us..Lovingly written, honest and fun.. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amit Dhoj Khadka
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I've been looking for this book for some time without success. So pleased to have it. I'm giving it to a friend for Christmas
Published 20 months ago by Marjorie Quarton
5.0 out of 5 stars The more things change , the more they stay the same
This is a great bio that tells the story of the British Ghurka soldiers fighting in the North west trible belt of Pakistan in the 1930's . Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2010 by Crazy Canuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance of the Raj
One associates Kipling with the evocation of British India so it is surprising to find the 1930s as the period when that whiff of the Raj is most magically recaptured. Read more
Published on 29 April 2010 by Klaatu
4.0 out of 5 stars BUGLES AND A TIGER
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK AS A GIFT FOR MY HUSBAND AND ALL I CAN SAY THAT FOR A MAN WHO READS FOR INFORMATION RATHER FOR PLEASURE, HE IS ENJOYING THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2010 by Mrs, B. Eaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely topical
This book is also suprisingly (unsurprisingly?) topical. Masters' first taste of real war is the Waziristan Campaign 1936-39. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2010 by Shivari
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