February 22, 2006


Gorkha Rifles earmarks for United Nations Mission in Sudan (New Kerala, 2/21/06)

1/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force), an elite infantry battalion of the Indian Army, earmarked for the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) on Tuesday.

India is contributing two Infantry Battalions to this mission in addition to certain support elements. The Force Commander in the Mission is also an Indian General, Lieutenant General J.S. Lidder.

It is for the first time in any UN Mission that an entire battalion has been earmarked as the Force Reserve Air Mobile Battalion.

Incidentally, this is the third foray of the battalion info the African continent, the first two having been during World War I and World War II. This highly decorated battalion has been awarded 23 Battle Honours and four Victoria Crosses in the pre- dependence period and the Battle Honours of Zojila, Kargil and Sehjra and Theatre Honours of Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab in the post independence period amongst many other awards and decorations.

Welcome to the Axis of Good.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2006 7:22 AM

Gurkhas? Now you're talking fighting soldiers. The Janjaweed militia better not tangle with these guys.

Posted by: Mikey at February 22, 2006 8:22 AM


There are two comments links on your posts.

Just fyi. Did you change something?

Posted by: Bruno at February 22, 2006 8:56 AM

Gurkhas are simply not to be messed with, and their reputation preceeds them. They carry modern rifles and al, but their preferred weapon is the kukri short sword, which they do know how to use effectively.

The tale is told that in the Falklands War, an Argentine position was being hit in a pincer movement; Gurkhas from one direction, Scots Guards from the other. The Scots Guards moved out, and almost immediately encountered a frantic bunch of Argentines begging to surrender so they wouldn't have to face the Gurkhas--who, they were convinced, were going to carve them into sushi.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 22, 2006 10:04 AM

Mike: I believe their war cry is "Here come the Gurkhas!" It's often enough to get the enemy to flee in abject terror.

Posted by: b at February 22, 2006 11:55 AM

Gurkhas sleep with nightlights on - not because they're afraid of the dark, but because the dark is afraid of them.

Posted by: Noam Chomsky at February 24, 2006 2:21 AM