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Titans of Nepal,
This review is from: The Gurkhas: The Inside Story of the World's Most Feared Soldiers (Paperback)I served with the Ghurkhas many years ago and have very fond memories of these ferocious warriors of Nepal. Their bravery is as legendary as their loyalty to the British Army and their regimental histories are crammed with acts of incredible bravery and sacrifice. Their reputation as tough fighting men is not in doubt and the mere threat of their kukri knives put the fear of god into the Argentines before and during the Falklands war.
John Parker's book captures all of these facts and more. He traces the footsteps of the Ghurkhas in Nepal and in doing so garlands the book with a decent account of Nepalese history. More than anything he portrays the competition that exists amongst the hill men of Nepal to join the British army, covers the training they receive and goes on to recount their acts of bravery in some of the most fearsome battles and encounters ever witnessed.
I read this book having just come back from Nepal and at a time when the British people are holding their breath in regard to the future of the Ghurkhas as they might be disbanded amidst proposed defence cuts. God forbid that their service is discontinued. As a school headmaster in a school in Kathmandu recently told me "The friendship between our two countries goes back two hundred years and we are proud to fight for your army because we fight alongside friends."
Friends to Britain they are. John Parker's book highlights with style and historical lore the unique relationship that exists between our two countries. A relationship that produces fearless and loyal soldiers who are prepared to lay down their lives on our behalf.
A well written book that is slightly embellished at times but it is still a very enjoyable and easy read.