October 5, 2006

WHO BETTER TO GET YOU OUT OF A PICKLE?:

Gurkha spirit triumphs in siege of Nawzad (Tom Coghlan, 05/10/2006, Daily Telegraph)

As night fell they heard the sounds of holes being chipped through the walls of the buildings close to their fortified ''platoon house", the town's police station. Then the sound of civilian electricity generators in the town abruptly ceased, so that in the silence approaching British helicopters could be heard sooner.

"We knew it was the calm before the storm. We sensed what was coming," said Major Dan Rex, 35, the Gurkhas' tall, softly spoken commander.

During the next 10 days, the 40 Gurkhas sent to Nawzad to hold the police station fought tenaciously to defend themselves as they were subjected to 28 attacks lasting one to six hours each, including five full scale efforts by hundreds of Taliban fighters to over-run their compound.

Senior British officers say it was one of a series of gruelling attritional sieges that have characterised the bloody first six months of the British deployment to Helmand.

They paid tribute to the courage displayed by the 110- man mixed force from the 1st and 2nd Gurkha Rifles, particularly those who fought so valiantly to defend the Nawzad police station.


James Clavell's later books are pretty sorry, but Whirlwind did give you an appreciation of the greatness of the Ghurka.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 5, 2006 1:35 PM
Comments

The last sentence is the important one:

"By the time the attacks began to peter out the British estimated that they had killed 100 Taliban fighters. Three British soldiers were injured"

I know the ghurka's are fun to read about, and I know the journalist has to build some suspense, but sheesh.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at October 5, 2006 4:07 PM

100 enemy K.I.A. + 3 friendly W.I.A. = Omdurman.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 6, 2006 1:56 AM
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