'As I reflect upon the Regiment's first quarter century, it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly just how much has been achieved. This is why this book is invaluable - carefully researched, and with hundreds of fascinating images, it will perhaps help the reader to understand my deep personal pride in being Colonel-in-Chief.' His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
Due late 2019
Out on 1 October 2019
Due late 2019
The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on 1 July 1994 when the existing Gurkha regiments amalgamated to form a single Gurkha regiment of three battalions. Although the RGR has only existed for 25 years, it carries the traditions and history of its antecedent Gurkha regiments and has already established itself as a formidable fighting force in its own right. This book celebrates this new Gurkha regiment's first quarter century of life by providing a visual history of its many achievements over the last 25 years. With a Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, it includes more than 500 photographs of Gurkhas that have not been published before and it should therefore be of real interest to anyone who wants to know more about this elite fighting force. It also includes lots of new quotes about Gurkhas which you might find of interest!
Lucy Masters, a feisty academic, is in Nepal to climb in the Himalayas. An assassin stalks a man whose company has developed a revolutionary new social media application. Harry Parker, a veteran Gurkha officer, is in Kathmandu on leave. One of the City of London's most successful hedge fund managers is about to make his biggest ever fortune. Though they don't know it, the lives of these very different people will come together in a most unexpected way. Add in a beautiful emerging artist, a sociopath ex-special forces 'fixer' and two highly capable Gurkhas and the stage is set for an adventure that will grip you from the first page, whether or not you have an interest in Gurkhas!
'Craig Lawrence, a modern Major General, draws on his army career and bursts onto the literary scene with a novel that begins with skulduggery in the city and ends in the snows of Devon...I really enjoyed it and it's a great choice to hunker down with as the nights draw in. Inspired by Lee Child, Craig turns out a fast-paced adventure (with Gurkha guest appearances) that has appeal for many ages and covers a range of relationships.' Devon Life, December 2015
During my research for the books shown above, I occasionally come across quotes about Gurkhas which I think are worth capturing. I continue to add to the list on this page but I hope it provides a useful starting point for anyone wanting some pithy quotes about Britain's Gurkhas. For quotes about strategy and strategic leadership, see the 'Strategy' page. For those interested in finding out more about Gurkhas generally, the 'About Gurkhas' page - see the tabs above - provides an updated summary of their 200+ years of service to the British Crown.
Quotes About Gurkhas:
"Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you."
Professor Sir Ralph Turner MC, ex-3rd Gurkha Rifles
"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Indian Chief of Army Staff (8 June 1969 - 15 January 1973)
"The nastiest part about parachuting is landing, and in this, with his compact light body and strong hill legs, he has a distinct advantage over most other races. For this reason I would say that, along with the Jap who is similarly built, he is probably the best natural parachutist in the world."
Lieutenant Colonel F J Loftus-Tottenham, 'Walkabouts and Laughabouts in the Raj' (Undated)
"I have never seen more steadiness or bravery exhibited in my life. Run they would not and of death they seemed to have no fear, though their comrades were falling thick around them, for we were so near that every shot told."
Ensign John Shipp describing the Battle of Makwanpur, February 1816
"I must pause in this narrative especially to notice the determined hardihood and bravery with which our two Battalions of Ghoorkhas, The Sirmoor and Nusseeree, met the Sikhs, wherever they were opposed to them. Soldiers of small stature but indomitable spirit they vied in ardent courage with The Grenadiers of our own nation, and, armed with the short weapons of their mountains, were a terror to the Sikhs throughout this great combat."
General Sir Hugh Gough, dispatch after the Battle of Sobraon, 1846
"The Gurkhas were merry little chaps and the only native troops with whom British soldiers were friendly enough for joking and playing tricks."
Frank Richards, 'Old-Soldier Saheb' (1936)
"The Gurkha is a soldier of high battle-skill, a world-famed fighting man and respected in every country where men fought alongside us in the last war."
Lieutenant General Sir Francis Tuker, 'While Memory Serves' (1950)
"The Gurkha keeps faith not only with his fellow men but with great spiritual concepts, and above all, with himself."
John Masters, 'Bugles and a Tiger' (1956)
"To serve with a Gurkha soldier under the British Crown was, and is, a rare privilege which nobody who has shared it can ever forget."
Colonel B R Mullalay, 'Bugle and Kukri' (1957)
"The Almighty created in the Gurkhas an ideal infantryman, indeed an ideal Rifleman, brave, tough, patient, adaptable, skilled in field-craft, intensely proud of his military record and unswerving loyalty."
Field Marshal Viscount Slim, 'Unofficial History' (1959)
"It was easy to command such people. It was a privilege to be allowed to do so."
Patrick Davis, 'A Child at Arms' (1970)
"Hearing a British Gurkha officer discuss his profession was something like hearing a priest discuss his vocation."
Byron Farwell, 'The Gurkhas' (1984)
Gurkhas: 1914 - 1918