Gurkha : Better to Die Than Live a Coward: My Life in the Gurkhas Paperback
In the summer of 2006, Colour-Sargeant Kailash Limbu's platoon was sent to relieve and occupy a police compound in the town of Now Zad in Helmand.
He was told to prepare for a forty-eight hour operation.
In the end, he and his men were under siege for thirty-one days - one of the longest such sieges in the whole of the Afghan campaign.
Kailash Limbu recalls the terrifying and exciting details of those thirty-one days - in which they killed an estimated one hundred Taliban fighters - and intersperses them with the story of his own life as a villager from the Himalayas.
He grew up in a place without roads or electricity and didn't see a car until he was fifteen.
Kailash's descriptions of Gurkha training and rituals - including how to use the lethal Kukri knife - are eye-opening and fascinating.
They combine with the story of his time in Helmand to create a unique account of one man's life as a Gurkha.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, 8pp photos
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 05/05/2016
- Category: Autobiography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780349140100