A Paperback edition by J. P. Cross in English (Nov 2, 2017)
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Skinny Chinese taxi-girls dance with off-duty British military personnel at the Yam Yam nightclub to the strains of 'Rose, Rose, I love you' and 'Terang Bulan'. Attractively... Read more
Skinny Chinese taxi-girls dance with off-duty British military personnel at the Yam Yam nightclub to the strains of 'Rose, Rose, I love you' and 'Terang Bulan'. Attractively dressed in their long, tight-fitting, slit-si
It is 1950s and the Malayan Emergency and the British battle with Communist terrorists hiding deep in the jungle. When a British Gurkha captain deserts to the guerrillas, a fellow British Gurkha officer is despatched with five Gurkhas to hunt him down and the chase through pathless jungle becomes a race against time and a contest of deadly jungle warfare skills.
Gurkhas have served with the British for almost 200 years, first with the army of the East India Company, then with the Indian Army of the Raj, and then in 1947 becoming an integral part of the British Army.
-- The first time the Gurkha voice has been heard at length
-- Vivid, first-person descriptions spanning over fifty years of warfare
-- Historical overview of Gurkha campaigns from 1939-1998
This collection of eyewitness material offers an unprecedented contribution to the history of the Gurkhas, a famed but elusive brigade whose story has always been told by "outsiders." These first-person narratives center on the fifty-year period from the outbreak of World War II, including the campaigns against Communists in Malaya and Hong Kong, the Falklands War, and recent confrontation in East Timor.
The editors -- who traveled 5,000 miles to rescue material from surviving soldiers -- provide an introduction to Gurkha culture, historical overviews of each military campaign, and record some of the peculiarities of their encounters with these most resilient of soldiers.
After years of jungle service, Jason Rance, a maverick British major of Gurkhas has one final chance of qualifying for promotion to lieutenant colonel. During a covert operation on the Thai?Malayan border, Rance meets a Chinese schoolboy friend from jungle-operation days and together they must pit Malaya's orang asli, or indigenous people, against Chin Peng and the Malayan Communists, now hiding in south Thailand, trying to rescue two stranded wartime Gurkhas as they do.
The jungle can be seen as the environment closest to mankind's primaeval origins and the setting in which he, or most of his kind, is least at home. Conflicts in jungle regions pose unique problems and demand special soldiering skills. Cross uses his unrivalled breadth of knowledge to impart a very personal account of armed conflict in the jungle.
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