You can’t kill a Gurkha. You can only make him mad, which is a bad idea.

Posted by: Phineas on October 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"Made for hunting Taliban"

“Made for hunting Taliban”

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You’d think the Taliban would have learned from their last encounter with Her Majesty’s Nepalese soldiers, but, no, there’s always someone who thinks “this time, it will be different.”

And that, my friends, is the definition of madness:

Acting L/Cpl [Tuljung] Gurung, who serves with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, was on duty at Patrol Base Sparta, in Nahr-e Seraj, at 4am on March 22 when he spotted two Afghans running towards his sangar, or watchtower.

When he challenged them to stop, the insurgents opened fire with an AK47 assault rifle.

One of the rounds struck him on the helmet, knocking him to the ground. Groggily getting to his feet, he saw a grenade bounce into the tower.

Fearing it would explode, the married Gurkha picked it up and hurled it away a split-second before it detonated, the force of the blast throwing him to the floor.

But as the dust and debris settled, Acting L/Cpl Gurung came face-to-face with one of the Taliban who was climbing into the 3 metre high sangar.

Lacking room to aim his rifle, the soldier drew his 18inch kukri and tenaciously took on the insurgent in hand-to-hand combat.

During the fight, the pair plunged to the ground outside the base. In a life-or-death struggle, Acting L/Cpl Gurung continued to lash out with the blade.

He said: ‘He was quite a bit bigger than me. I just hit him in the hand, body, I just started to hit him.

‘I just thought, “I don’t want to die. If I am alive I can save my colleagues”.

‘I thought, “Before he does something I have to do something”. I was like a madman.’

Faced with his ferocity, the Taliban turned and fled. Acting L/Cpl Gurung’s citation said he had displayed the ‘highest levels of gallantry and courage’.

When you look in the dictionary under “badass,” you’ll find a picture of a Gurkha.

For his courage and loyalty, Lance Corporal Gurung was awarded the Military Cross, Britain’s third-highest medal. I’d say his comrades owe him a round or two in the pub, too.

RELATED: The Gurkha who took on 40 train robbers, armed only with his kukri knife.

via Craigé

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “You can’t kill a Gurkha. You can only make him mad, which is a bad idea.”


  1. The curvature of the blade on a Gurkha knife is designed to accommodate a throat, human or otherwise. One of their favorite psychological ploys has been to slip into an enemy encampment, during the dead of night, and only slit one person’s throat thereby scaring the crap out of the rest of the platoon upon awakening.

    For a good read on the history of their gallant contributions to the Allied efforts in WWII, read “Gurkhas at War” by Cross and Gurung.

  2. Tex says:

    My dad talked about the Gurkhas in the British units and their legendary bravery and ferocity against the Japanese after his time fighting in the Pacific during WWII. And they continue the tradition still today in the British military.

    Gurkhas 1; Taliban 0. All Gurkhas, and especially L/Cpl Gurung, rock!!!!

  3. The traditions,culture and ethos of the Gurkha Warrior goes back for centuries long before the atrocity known as political correctness and the buffoonery of the can’t we all get along mentality.

    The Gurkhas know that there are just plain bad and evil people in the world and that must be “sorted out and tended to.”

    They don’t bother asking their enemy “are you comfortable? are your basic needs beig met?”

    The legend of the Gurkha Warrior is such that when their kukri is drawn from its sheath, it can only be returned to its sheath when the blade has been bloodied.

    For a British Army Infantry Officer to be assigned to a Gurkha Regiment is hughly desireable and is getting one’s ticket punched big time.

    Plus they have a helluva Pipes and Drums Regimental Bagpipe Band.

  4. Carlos says:

    Too bad we don’t have a leader, ANY leader either party, that feels the same way about his country and the Constitution as this guy did about protecting his fellow soldiers…

  5. Affenhauer says:

    I have a couple khukuris — an Angkhola for general utility and a military issue for, uh, home defense. Unbelievably awesome blades, but there *is* a learning curve (I have the scars to attest to it — all SI). Would NOT want to cross someone that’s actually been trained in their use… ;-)