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They don’t like it up ‘em. They do not.
Stirling chap, TBH i’d rather have a chap like him in my village rather than the benefit-consuming scutters that I have got.
Absolute total congratulations to Lance Corporal Gurung on being awarded his medal. I had read a bit about this incident on the BBC News internet where it was only briefly discussed. Apparently, there was a George Medal and two C.G.C’s awarded as well as several other M.C’s at the same time as Corporal Gurung’s, but the WO1 RLC who won the G.M. and another soldier who won the second C.G.C. didn’t get any publicity on the corporation’s website, which I thought was a disgrace. Of the 117 people honoured, three come from the TA, one of whom won a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, but once again no mention of the fact that they are reservists.
May I also offer my congratulations to all the other military personnel who were awarded honours on that list, once again proving that we still have the finest within our Armed Services, as well as the most useless public corporation to report about them.
Humbling. Truly, truly humbling.
I’m just glad these guys are on our side!
Makes you wonder if all British troops should be equipped with one. It also proves why they are still equipped with a bayonet.
Does any one know weather the Para’s and the Commandos still get issued with the Fairbairn–Sykes fighting knife?
Of all the sangars in all the world, these two muppets had to choose the one with a Gurkha in it. I mean, after shooting him in the head and then blowing him up, only to find him still standing, you’d think the last thing they’d want to do is get into a knife fight with him. No amount of virgins is worth that much grief.
While I sympathise with Mike R’s frustration, at least the publicity given to cases like this reminds the public of what’s going on over there still. The BBC have less excuse than the other lot – we pay for it remember. A serviceman being killed hardly rates a mention now while “feed the monkey” is headline news.
Now that’s what you call a double hard bastard!
Hats off to LCpl Gurung.
Surely everyone gets a parang/machete of some description?
Along with a Bhaco Laplander type folding saw (thanks RT ) I’d say they’re about the most important survival tools.
Can I recommend a site called Badass of the week- the author seems to get a lot of ‘facts’ wrong (like the name of the Gurkha in this action whom he seemingly refers to under the name of Pun).
However if you like me have a childish sense of humor and enjoy a good comedy rant here is his take on gurkas in general ( I will post a short excerpt here as I can’t post links):…………………………………………
‘I seriously don’t want to turn this website into Gurkha of the Week. I mean, honestly, I really don’t. Sure, I have nothing short of an overwhelmingly unhealthy amount of respect for these Nepalese spike-devouring crotch-wreckers and their uncanny ability to routinely make the world a safer place by inserting their well-sharpened kukri blades into the softest parts of Democracy’s enemies, but for the most part I generally prefer a little bit more variety when I write these stories up every week. In a perfect world, I’d like to jump around between daring tales of awesome high seas piracy one week, insane stories of Viking warriors cleaving faces apart with battle axes another, and wash it all down with some murderous gunslingers Swiss cheesing their foes with .45 caliber ammunition and World War II flying aces sending Me-109s spiraling to the turf in a hail of fire and bullets and dead Nazi pieces. That diversity is the sort of thing that keeps this entire process fresh, because if I wrote about the same stuff every single week most rational people would probably eventually get really fucking sick of hearing about the same thing over and over and over, and they’d start checking other sites and/or sending me bitchy emails about how I’m about as interesting as a judo chop to the throat. What I’m saying here is that the Gurkhas need to stop going out and doing ridiculously badass shit every time I turn around, because that way I’ll have a chance to write about something else on this website. Based on the insane story I’m bringing you this week, however, I’m fairly confident this is something that might never happen. –
See more including his take on the honey badger and Australia!
Simon asked “Surely everyone gets a parang/machete of some description?”
Khukuri has just been reintroduced to the Ghurkas’ close quarters syllabus.
I’ve always had a lot of respect for the Gurkhas – wouldn’t have minded joining them if I’d have thought about it. A cousin did a short service commission in 1/2 GR, absolutely adored it, and they’re yet another Regiment to confound IXION’s thesis of the 703rd Infantry Corps. My cousin is making a mint in Shanghai providing training and security services to both western and Chinese companies while teamed up with several of his old Gurkha soldiers in a cooperative company where all are equal stakeholders. You don’t get much more local than a Taunton boy and a Kathmandu boy becoming first blood brothers and then entrepreneurs. (Sorry, IXION. couldn’t resist).
Re knives, a subject of great fascination to the average combat soldier. What is the best combat knife? Shape, size, heft, balance, steel… It all gets a bit train spottery. But it is a vital tool. Does everything from opening your can of baby’s head to cutting cam to opening up HMtQ’s enemy. I went with a Fallkniven S model. Still got it (would never lose it). Just enough heft to chop off a 2 inch branch, small enough to not be obvious. I carried mine in Gulf One hilt down strapped to my right forearm in a home made sheath of black Harry Nasty taped with some medical sticky gauze over the skin under the sleeve of my combat jacket. Actually didn’t use it in the 98 hours***, but had I have been on foot or captured, I’d have had it available and reasonably incognito…
*** Which just indicates that the hundreds of Deutsch Marks spent on buying and road testing different knives and dozens of hours arguing with others as to the merits of a combat knife were all a bit of a waste of time…. But it was actually a comfort to know it was there, that I had great dextrous capability with it through long usage and handling, and that it was the right knife for me. I think I’ve mentioned it before on TD, but years ago. It’s going with me into my grave, along with a bottle of Grouse, a pack of B&H Gold and my favourite Zippo. Who knows? Might need them in the afterlife.
It is funny to hear talk about knives, i had normally carried one onboard (part of scrounged rigging set) but remember going to Iraq for first time and stopping off in NEX, well everyone else had proper Knives, so 5 minutes later I had a gerber folding combat knife that cost me about $125 but performed its more mundane duties very well.
APATS, you are the Master of Layered Air Defence, as one of the PWO uber-mensch.
I am the master of layered knifes as a recce soldier (which out-rank PWOs ). Even little Gerbers have their place in the scheme of things, but I wouldn’t want to depend on a Gerber unless it was the only thing available, just as you wouldn’t want to depend on one of my ex-merchantman VLS strike concept and dispense with a carrier, unless given no choice.
A combat soldier probably wants a 4 inch hefty blade for general duties, and probably also something with a single folding 2 inch blade, because without being indelicate, you can hide it up your arse if you really need to (historical reference: the Chindits. All had such a knife issued). The grip on the smaller knife is more important than the blade: you want it without bolsters as otherwise it’s going to be uncomfortable if you need the arse option to store it, and if too big you can’t hold it between knuckles in a clenched fist to take out eyes as you punch.
APATS, where you near any Sappers, surprised they didn’t try and flog you one of the multi tools that come free in HESCO containers
TD, you raise a good point. Multitools. Useless piece of over-expensive shit, or useful?
I bought one once, thinking of the utility. Something like 8 blades and a couple of dozen uses. Don’t think I ever used more than 3 functions. Back of the drawer stuff now.
I prefer a single fixed blade in a knife, or for compliance with the law, a single folding blade, but very stout. For further complexity, call an electrician with a proper toolkit.
I remember importing a Leatherman from the States before they were trendy and wearing it with works dress before any bugger else had one, I even got away with it, for a short time anyway
Did you ever have get issued a jack knife, with the spike for horses hooves?
Of course, I am a Gerber man these days, gotta role with the times you know!
oddly, I do have such a knife. Not issued but bought. 3 inch blade one end, spike on the other. The spike is seriously pointy (you don’t want that for a horse, otherwise Dobbin is going to get you upset and kick you into the next county), but very good for undoing knots on cam nets and so on. It’s hung on a hook inside my greenhouse, but I only use the blade for trivial tasks like opening bags of compost. I think the knife has the name “Marlin Spike” engraved on it. The blade is shit.
I must admit I really did not have much a clue what i was really buying but ended up with something that looked remarkably like this.
@TD Already had a multi tool, did not see what was wrong with the blade on it personally. Bloody rifle and Pistol and then a knife? Was looking for a personal CIWS.
The marlin spike, its a knots and lashing thing apparently, although to be honest I never saw it used for anything other than stabbing holes in things
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