The Gurkhas

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - History - 317 pages
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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 remarkable valor. Their story is as colorful and as romantic as that of the French Foreign Legion, and yet it has never been fully or adequately told.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
9
FOREWORD
11
INTRODUCTION
21
War and Peace in Nepal
27
Dacoits and Small Wars
35
Gurkhas at Delhi
40
Character and Characteristics
48
On Indias NorthWest Frontier
56
SouthEast Asia
190
Italy 797
197
Retreat from Burma
205
Chindits
216
Back to Burma
222
Military Occupations
235
Independence and Partition
243
Transition
255

The NorthEast Frontier
63
Recruiting
72
France
86
Gallipoli
96
Suez and Mesopotamia 705
105
Officers
115
Relationships
125
Festivals 736
136
Home and Family
144
Catastrophes 752
152
Preparing for Battle 776
176
North Africa
184
The Savage Wars of Peace
264
Borneo
271
Reduction in Force and Retirement
276
Today and Tomorrow
284
APPENDIX A Ranks in Gurkha Regiments
293
APPENDIX B Hindu Religious and Social Divisions
295
Progressive Title Changes in Gurkha Infantry While in British Service
296
The Gurkha Tribes
300
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
304
INDEX
309
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About the author (1990)

Byron Farwell's (1921-1999) other books, also published by Norton, include "Eminent Victorian Soldiers," "Armies of the Raj," & "Stonewall: A Biography of General Thomas J. Jackson.

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