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Tango0101 Jun 2017 11:57 a.m. PST

"The British love affair with the Gurkhas began during the early nineteenth century clash of the expanding English East India Company and Nepalese hillmen. The remarkable fighting abilities of the Nepalese contrasted against the most incredible British ineptitude. But on both sides, the war was harder fought than either the Afghan War or even the struggle with the Sikhs. And on both sides, the most colourful characters were involved – such as the drinker, dicer, duellist Rollo Gillespie or the legendary Gurkha hero Bhakti Thapa.In the end, the British wrested key hill tracts from the Gurkhas. As Sir David Ochterlony – perhaps the only figure who saved the British reputation – was poised to attack Kathmandu, the Gurkhas prudently made peace which maintained their kingdom as an independent state.John Pemble's account is a comprehensive history of the conflict, detailing the origins of the war, the consequences of strategic errors, and the enduring impact of the final victory. Even before the campaign had finished, the nucleus of the Gurkha Bridgade had joined the East India Company's Forces.This is a thrilling telling of a little-known war. John Pemble has fully authenticated his work from original sources and on-the-spot research, all presented in a lively, engaging style"
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Anyone have read this book?
If the answer is yes, comments please?

Thanks in advance for your guidance.


Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

Malheureusement non………but it is indeed on my list

Zoltar Inactive Member01 Jun 2017 2:23 p.m. PST

I have read it and recommend it.

On the surface it is a great narrative. It discusses the campaigns in great detail.

Of special interest as a wargamer are the notes. They are a treasure trove of details about the units, etc. involved. It reminds me of "With Eagles to Glory" in that regard.

Chokidar Inactive Member02 Jun 2017 3:32 a.m. PST

Does anyone know of a source on the struggles between the Kingdom of Gorkha and the Qing dynasty Chinese of Quian Liang in the 1750's and thereabouts?
Thanks in advance

Tango0102 Jun 2017 11:03 a.m. PST

Thanks my friend!.

I go for it!.


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