Bugles and a Tiger: My Life in the Gurkhas

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Cassell, Jan 1, 2002 - India - 318 pages
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The first of John Master's evocative memoirs about life in the Gurkhas in India on the cusp of WWII

John Masters was a soldier before he became a bestselling novelist. He went to Sandhurst in 1933 at the age of eighteen and was commissioned into the 4th Gurkha Rifles in time to take part in some of the last campaigns on the turbulent north-west frontier of India.

John Masters joined a Gurhka regiment on receiving his commission, and his depiction of garrison life and campaigning on the North-West Frontier has never been surpassed. BUGLES AND A TIGER is a matchless evocation of the British Army in India on the eve of the Second World War. Still very much the army depicted by Kipling, it stands on the threshold of a war that will transform the world. This book is the first of three volumes of autobiography that touched a chord in the post-war world.

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Review: Bugles and a Tiger: My Life in the Gurkhas (Masters Autobiography Trilogy #1)

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Fantastic story of a piece of history slipping ever more into the past. This is In the tradition of Heroditus, with Masters writing so we can remember what things were like at a specific time and ... Read full review

Review: Bugles and a Tiger: My Life in the Gurkhas (Masters Autobiography Trilogy #1)

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A previous reviewer warned that if a potential reader was looking for an account of what war was like with the predecessors of today's Taliban, they would be somewhat disappointed. Indeed, John Master ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

John Masters was commissioned into the Gurkha Rifles on the eve of the Second World War and rose to command one of the Chindit columns fighting behind the lines against the Japanese in Burma. He left the Army after the war to pursue a very profitable career as a novelist.

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