Title THE GURKHAS.
Publisher W.W. Norton, New York, 1990.
Seller ID 24091
317 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 039330714X B&w photographs, reproductions, map. "The Gurkha regiments in the British Army are, quite simply, the finest infantrymen in the world. Recruited in the kingdom of Nepal since the early ninetee nth century, these short, wiry hillmen have served the kings and queens of Britain with such loyalty, tenacity, and incredible bravery that often the sound of their battle cry 'Ayo Gurkhali!' (roughly translated as 'Here come the Gurkhas!') h a s c a u s ed enemy soldiers to flee. The Gurkhas fought beside the British in the Indian Mutiny, in France and Mesopotamia during World War I, and in every theater during World War II. They have fought as well in countless small wars - 'the sav ag e w ar s of p eace' - including the Northwestern Frontier of India, Malaya, Borneo, and most recently the Falkland Islands. Their courage is legendary. Since 1911, when they first became eligible, thirteen Gurkhas have been awarded the Victori a C ro ss , a n unm atc hed record. This book will tell who the Gurkhas are and where they come from. It will describe their manners, customs, and character, and their history as soldiers, with special attention to their unique skills and remarkab le v alo r." In te rior - c lean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - Very minor rubbing. Near Fine