It's sad that Gurkhas are so hardcore that I'm not shocked when they do anything awesome...


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Shadrayl of the Mountain wrote:
Kruelaid wrote:
Usually I have my enemies in my hand when I eat them, although sometimes I do like to crouch over their lifeless bodies and grope myself while feeding...
literaly- ROTFLMAO

Damn I forgot to do my Hannibal Lector tongue thing.


Mikaze wrote:
Kruelaid wrote:
Usually I have my enemies in my hand when I eat them, although sometimes I do like to crouch over their lifeless bodies and grope myself while feeding...
Better yourself than your enemies. That's all I'm sayin'.

Wow, you're sick in a very non-linear way. Nice one.


Mikaze wrote:
Taliban fighters were terrified of the Gurkha due to them being built up as a sort of bogeyman on the battlefield, as in tales of them eating their enemies. The Gurkha allegedly said nothing to refute these claims.

probably best not to tell the Taliban that most of the Gurkha's are vegetarians?

Silver Crusade

Loztastic wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Taliban fighters were terrified of the Gurkha due to them being built up as a sort of bogeyman on the battlefield, as in tales of them eating their enemies. The Gurkha allegedly said nothing to refute these claims.
probably best not to tell the Taliban that most of the Gurkha's are vegetarians?

See, that's the best part!

Kruelaid wrote:
Wow, you're sick in a very non-linear way. Nice one.

It's my gift, it's my curse.


Loztastic wrote:
The sad part is, of course, that it took Joanna Lumley paying for a massive campaign, including court action, for the government to accept that giving the Gurkha's british citizenship after their period of duty, was a good idea

Sad. From what I've heard France treated it's Algerian soldiers even worse. Wasn't there a movie some years back (nominated for an Oscar) about how France exploited Algerian troops and then giving them no credit what so ever?

Anyone remember the name of that movie?


Most Gurkhas are vegetarians? So are Shaolin monks... Maybe vegetarianism really is good for you. First time I seriously consider becoming a vegetarian...

Sovereign Court

Zark wrote:
Loztastic wrote:
The sad part is, of course, that it took Joanna Lumley paying for a massive campaign, including court action, for the government to accept that giving the Gurkha's british citizenship after their period of duty, was a good idea

Sad. From what I've heard France treated it's Algerian soldiers even worse. Wasn't there a movie some years back (nominated for an Oscar) about how France exploited Algerian troops and then giving them no credit what so ever?

Anyone remember the name of that movie?

Days of Glory (or Indigènes). It is a very good film. I highly recommend it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444182/


This story like gave me faith in my fellow man.


Robert Hawkshaw wrote:
Zark wrote:
Loztastic wrote:
The sad part is, of course, that it took Joanna Lumley paying for a massive campaign, including court action, for the government to accept that giving the Gurkha's british citizenship after their period of duty, was a good idea

Sad. From what I've heard France treated it's Algerian soldiers even worse. Wasn't there a movie some years back (nominated for an Oscar) about how France exploited Algerian troops and then giving them no credit what so ever?

Anyone remember the name of that movie?

Days of Glory (or Indigènes). It is a very good film. I highly recommend it.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0444182/

Thanks. I've been trying to get this film, but it's hard when you don't have the name. ;-)

I'll order it this weekend. Thanks again. Great of you to answer.
/Kind Regards Zark.
Svensk spoiler:

Tack igen. Den finns på dickshop för 99 kr. Helt lysande.
Trist att det är så hopplöst att hitta saker men anknytning till Nordafrika. Det gick en helt lysande dokumentär på SVT om Umm Kulthum och en annan känd Egyptisk sångerska för några år sedan. Jag hittade namnet på den, men gav upp. Den fanns inte att köpa (inte med svensk text i alla fall). Även franska filmer som "Det ligger en vit man i din säng mamma" är hopplösa att få tag på med svensk text.
Men nu har jag i alla fall denna film att njuta av :-)
Ha det gott, merci Zark.


Dies Irae wrote:

One Gurkha, 40 Bandits. No Contest

Talk about taking a knife to a gunfight...

(Retired) Gurkha charges into a mob of 40 armed bandits with a Kukri to rescue a rape victim...

Kinda leaves you speechless doesn't it?

I am not surprised by this. I read a book on the Gurkha a while back.

I can't believe the Brittish was at the time of the book being read getting rid of their Gurkha mercs regiments. I don't what happened with that.

But yeah...even Chuck Norris fear the Gurkhas.

Liberty's Edge

Bruno Kristensen wrote:
Black Dow wrote:

Amazing story of bravery and pretty inspirational.

Gurkha's deserve to be a Fighter Archtype methinks!

Level 20 ability: Change your name to Bruce Lee.

FIFY.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2013 Top 16

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Story about Gurkha paratroopers. HARDCORE


*shakes fist at Charlie Bell*

Curse you, Charlie Bell!

Not only was that Gurkha story awesome, that guy Steve Roesler looks interesting, too! (Not sure about his "too-much caffeine, bug-eyed smiley picture!," but his website looks cool).

*shakes fist at Charlie Bell!*

Curse you!

-- Andy


A another interesting story about the Gurkha was when the British actualy fist met them. It was actualy in battle against them somewhere in India. The British was seiging a town or city defended by the Gurkha. One of them was injured or sick ans came over to the British lines to get treatment...and was surprised that the British did not let him go back.

That really impressed the British.


I just linked this post to a question about kukri and re-read many of the stories. Damnation! Just lots of feel good stories.

Greg


A large number of Gurkhas were based in my home town for a considerable amount of time. They were unfailingly polite and respectful. I've seen them walk out of bars in the face of extreme provocation from drunken yobs despite being able to have dealt with the situation themselves because they didn't want to cause a scene or property damage. The one time I saw any of them get violent was when a couple of other off-duty soldiers started on a pair of them in a bar and started pushing them around and making jokes about their size. Despite being half their size, the Gurkhas disabled them extremely rapidly, apologised to the barman and explained they only responded like that because they knew the other people involved had military training, and thus it would be a fair confrontation. They appeared genuinely upset that they had been forced to use their military training on other British army personnel in a public place.

Considering the near panic-mongering paranoia in some quarters in Britain about immigrants, I think it's rather telling that there was a huge outcry from right across the political spectrum when the government tried to prevent Gurkha families from settling over here.


I'm late to the party, but give that man some more medals.

Shifty wrote:

And yet in Pathfinder the Kukri is a toy weapon.

Toy weapon? It's the only viable weapon when you want to go two-weapon fighting as a serious warrior, because of its critical threat range.

Kruelaid wrote:
I eat my enemies, too.

Yeah, but your enemies are sandwiches. Those guys fight something that can move.

Charlie Bell wrote:
Story about Gurkha paratroopers. HARDCORE

No words. Just no words. Damn. That's when you realise that those guys are not to be trifled with.

Silver Crusade

Werthead wrote:
Considering the near panic-mongering paranoia in some quarters in Britain about immigrants, I think it's rather telling that there was a huge outcry from right across the political spectrum when the government tried to prevent Gurkha families from settling over here.

Man. I'm having a hard time imaging anything that would make me feel safer than having Gurkha neighbors.


Mikaze wrote:
Werthead wrote:
Considering the near panic-mongering paranoia in some quarters in Britain about immigrants, I think it's rather telling that there was a huge outcry from right across the political spectrum when the government tried to prevent Gurkha families from settling over here.
Man. I'm having a hard time imaging anything that would make me feel safer than having Gurkha neighbors.

Gurkha in-laws?

Greg

The Exchange

Greg Wasson wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Werthead wrote:
Considering the near panic-mongering paranoia in some quarters in Britain about immigrants, I think it's rather telling that there was a huge outcry from right across the political spectrum when the government tried to prevent Gurkha families from settling over here.
Man. I'm having a hard time imaging anything that would make me feel safer than having Gurkha neighbors.

Gurkha in-laws?

Greg

Depends. Would you want to annoy your Gurkha father-in-law?


My Granddad told me a story that in WWII a British officer was trying to get some Gurkas to volunteer for a suicide mission. The officer said they would fly in and jump from a plane and blow up a bridge. Of the 30 Gurkas only half vounteered but when the officer told them they would have parachutes to make the jump the rest joined.


Me like in Bali when she sing that song. She purty.


Aubrey the Malformed wrote:
Greg Wasson wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
Werthead wrote:
Considering the near panic-mongering paranoia in some quarters in Britain about immigrants, I think it's rather telling that there was a huge outcry from right across the political spectrum when the government tried to prevent Gurkha families from settling over here.
Man. I'm having a hard time imaging anything that would make me feel safer than having Gurkha neighbors.

Gurkha in-laws?

Greg

Depends. Would you want to annoy your Gurkha father-in-law?

You'll only annoy him once. If you survive, you will have definitely learned your lesson.

Then again, the Gurkha seem to have near-legendary patience for the foolish and the stupid. Right up until the fool crosses that certain line ...


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Queen decorates Nepali for Afghanistan heroics


The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross has the best name of any medal ever.


As far as Erik's skepticism goes, I can understand why. 30 to 1 odds isn't at all good, or easy. If this happened in an open area, the man would probably be dead.

However, they were on a train. Which means he was likely taking on the bandits one at a time in the train aisle. Combine the confined fighting space, a trained military man with superior hand-to-hand skill, and what sounds like a deservedly fierce reputation, with a band of opportunists not used to people fighting back like that, and I can see it happening.


Shadowborn wrote:

As far as Erik's skepticism goes, I can understand why. 30 to 1 odds isn't at all good, or easy. If this happened in an open area, the man would probably be dead.

However, they were on a train. Which means he was likely taking on the bandits one at a time in the train aisle. Combine the confined fighting space, a trained military man with superior hand-to-hand skill, and what sounds like a deservedly fierce reputation, with a band of opportunists not used to people fighting back like that, and I can see it happening.

Except... that last post by bitter thorn was... in an open... area...

...:
...


Evil Lincoln wrote:
Shadowborn wrote:

As far as Erik's skepticism goes, I can understand why. 30 to 1 odds isn't at all good, or easy. If this happened in an open area, the man would probably be dead.

However, they were on a train. Which means he was likely taking on the bandits one at a time in the train aisle. Combine the confined fighting space, a trained military man with superior hand-to-hand skill, and what sounds like a deservedly fierce reputation, with a band of opportunists not used to people fighting back like that, and I can see it happening.

Except... that last post by bitter thorn was... in an open... area...

** spoiler omitted **

Which is a completely different article from the OP's link, the one that Erik was commenting on, as was I.

As for that article, they make reference to one of the attackers climbing the walls of a compound and the soldier knocking him down with the machinegun tripod. That implies that he was not out in the open, but defending a fortified position.

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Gurkas Gurkas he is our man, if he can't kick ass the Marines can!

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