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bugles and a tiger,
This review is from: Bugles and a Tiger (Hardcover)
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.