Gurkhas by David Bolt
New York: Delacorte Press, 1969. First American edition. Hardcover. 128 pages ; b/w photographs, maps, portraits ; 22 cm. $3.95 dust jacket. No markings to pages. Binding is firm.
WITH 32 PAGES OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Gurkhas is a vivid reconstruction of the dramatic history of the proud, courageous men whose centuries of spectacular military exploits have earned them international renown. Their forefathers are the nomad warrior tribes who settled in Nepal in the third century and whose first defeat thereafter came at the hands of the British in 1816. From that time, the Gurkhas formed the 6Ute corps of the British Indian army, twenty rifle battalions of heavily bearded figures who earned England's highest military honors during two world wars, in India on the Hindustan/Pakistan borders, and in Baluchistan, Malaya, and Korea.
The Book is richly and lavishly illustrated with contemporary engravings, scenes of present-day Nepal, and numerous photographs of the Gurkhas.
DAVID BOLT served in the 10th Gurkhas Rifles regiment of the Indian army, first as Intelligence Officer and then as Company Commander during the partition of India. He speaks fluent Gurkhali and spent long periods as the only British officer with his company of Gurkhas. He has written several novels and short stories, including Of Heaven And Hope, The Man Who Did, and Adam.
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