Gurkha history by Craig Lawrence
New strategy book - Getting Strategy Right (Enough) - edited by Craig Lawrence


gurkha books, thrillers and books about strategy & LEADERSHIP

The Legacy by Craig Lawrence

Due late 2019


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​Out on 1 October 2019


The famous Gurkha fighting knife, the kukri or khukuri, has remained virtually unchanged for over two centuries. This short illustrated history looks back over 200 years and explains why it remains as relevant on today as it was more than 200 years ago when it was first used against the British! 

Gurkhas in Afghanistan on Operation HERRICK


The Legacy by Craig Lawrence

And you can find out more about the remarkable work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust at the following link:


Gurkhas were first recruited to serve the Crown in 1815 during the wars between the East India Company and Nepal. This brief illustrated history explains the background and provides an insight into why, 200 years later, these remarkable soldiers continue to serve in today's British Army.

quotes about gurkhas

Gurkhas have served the British Crown for over 200 years. During that time, many people have made statements about them that describe why they are so special. This section contains a selection of the best Gurkha quotes.

Reasonable Doubt by Craig Lawrence

​NEW GURKHA BOOK about the royal gurkha rifles

​Craig Lawrence's new Gurkha history was published in July 2019 to commemorate the 25 years of The Royal Gurkha Rifles. This section describes the book, explains why it was written and includes images of the Regimental Launch on 9 July 2019 with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales (who wrote the book's foreword).

Craig Lawrence, who also writes as Major General (Retired) J C Lawrence CBE, is an author, military historian and lecturer in strategy and strategic leadership. He is currently based in London at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), where he is the Course Director. Founded by Winston Churchill in 1927, the College is the UK's leading provider of postgraduate education in the fields of strategy and strategic leadership. Craig Lawrence writes about Gurkhas (both factual histories and adventure fiction), strategy and leadership. This website provides an introduction to Craig Lawrence's books and articles and provides short illustrated histories of the Gurkhas and their famous kukri (or khukuri) knife! It also includes collections of quotes about Gurkhas and strategy. Use the page tabs above or the links below to get to the page you want, or simply type a keyword into the 'custom search' in the page header:

Prince Charles with Craig Lawrence at the Regimental Launch of the new Gurkha RGR25 book


​You can use the following links to see quotes about Gurkhas and find out what soldiers from The Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently doing:

Amazon best-seller award for Craig Lawrence book 'The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service to the Crown'

quotes about strategy

Some think a strategy is just a high level plan; others believe it differs from a plan because it is designed to deal with uncertainty. This section provides multiple perspectives in the form of strategy quotes. It also describes 'Getting Strategy Right (Enough)' and provides a link to a recent article co-authored by Craig Lawrence that looks at the defining nature of strategy.

New Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR 25) book by Craig Lawrence
Getting Strategy Right (Enough) - edited by Craig Lawrence


​Craig Lawrence's first adventure thriller was published in 2015. With heroes, villains, a bit of romance, Gurkhas and lots of action, it has attracted excellent reviews, some of which are included in this section.

New Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR 25) book by Craig Lawrence
Field Marshal Bill Slim - Gurkha and brilliant strategist!


If you want to find out more about the history of Britain's Gurkhas, the following link will take you to the Gurkha Museum's web page:

Gurkha and his kukri

Left: On Haytor on Dartmoor this week describing the near fatal accident that occurs there in Gurkha action adventure thriller 'The Legacy'. Click the first panel below to find out more or click the image at the top to see the book on Amazon!

Right: On 9 July 2019 at the Regimental Launch of the new Gurkha book with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, who did the foreword to the book. You can find out about the new book by clicking on the image, clicking on the second panel below or using the tabs at the top of this page.

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Craig Lawrence author, military historian and lecturer in strategy