Ghurkas are heathen mercenaries

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LE
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#1
Any Ghurka Offrs, (RGR or Sp Arms,) out there with a few minutes to put someone straight on the 'mercenary' myth ?

Please pm me.
 

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LE
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#3
Shed loads of what ?

Gurkha offrs ?
A few minutes ?
Mercenary myths?
or just someone straight ?

Or answer E, all of the above ?
 
#5
I am not a Commissioned Officer, but have served 6 years alongside Gurkhas, including 3 actually in a Gurkha Signal Squadron.

PM what this is all about and I'll see if I can shed some light on the matter.
 
#6
I am not a Commissioned Officer, but have served 6 years alongside Gurkhas, including 3 actually in a Gurkha Signal Squadron.

PM what this is all about and I'll see if I can shed some light on the matter.
 
#7
I am not a Commissioned Officer, but have served 6 years alongside Gurkhas, including 3 actually in a Gurkha Signal Squadron.

PM what this is all about and I'll see if I can shed some light on the matter.
 
#8
Have done two tours with QG SIGNALS. PM me and I'll try and help.
 
#9
If I remember right there were some (not sure how many) contract security blokes killed in Iraq a few weeks ago.

I think that they might have served in one of the Gurkha Regiments but had completed their time and returned home before going on to Iraq.
 
#10
Ghurkhas are ok. The English are heathens.
 
#11
I have to say that speaking as someone who's been slightly put off the infantry recently, I would give my right arm to join the RGR. My grandfather served with the Gurkhas way back when and heaps praise on them. Unfortunately my ACA is convinced its not a good idea and this seems to have terminated my interest in them.
 
#12
I was in Belize with 6GR in the mid '80s. Top chappies. Gurkhas are not mercenaries. They take the oath and serve as paid, uniformed subjects of the Crown. There are similar parallels with the French LE, but they not hired guns.

As an aside, I remember having a beer or twelve with a couple of the 6GR lads on San Pedro (Santini's Bar I think), when some yank comes the cnut and starts having a pop about 'f***ing chinks'! Imagine his surprise after a brief (one-sided) history lesson from m'self. He bought the beers (and a bottle of rum) for the rest of the night - the lads from 6GR thinking it was hilarious. Aaah... mammaries.

Reminiscing of Peterborough 8O
 
#13
Taken from another forum, but seems authoritative:

According to Article 47 of Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, a mercenary is defined as any person who:

Is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;

Does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities;

Is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party.

Is neither a national of a Party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;

Is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and

Has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.


The penultimate point is the important one. RGR are part of the armed forces of the crown. End of debate - they are not mercenaries.
 

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#14
Jimmys_best_mate, you're correct there's the Argentine lad and a strange septic walt who reckons he knows better than anyone on any subject.

They're both in dire need of some re-education, and just baiting the walt until he foams at the mouth is quick, easy and strangely satisfying. :lol:

WWII in Color [sic] Home page:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/phpBB2/index.php

Gurkha thread:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=127

Argie's profile:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/phpBB2/pr...ile&u=63&sid=2abb2f98c8215ab1a1c78f12b84a063e

Walt's profile:
http://www.ww2incolor.com/phpBB2/profile.php?mode=viewprofile&u=69
 
#15
Thanks for the heads up Cutaway, think I'll wander over there.
 
#16
Quote from the British army/Ghurkas thread.

Yes the Gurkhas are still part of the British army and their knives are called Kukris. They are apparently very good fighters and I believe that at least one has won a V.C.

Only 1 :?:

Quite funny
 
#17
WWII in colour is a bit walty. I'd like to meet the little Argie lad and have a little chat. He is a tit.

A lot of the Scottish regiments have had Ghurkas with them over the past few years. They are good lads despite dubious culinary tastes, Keen as mustard and they take a pride in their abilities in hand to hand fighting. I'm glad they are on our side.
 
#18
Lairdx said:
WWII in colour is a bit walty. I'd like to meet the little Argie lad and have a little chat. He is a tit.

A lot of the Scottish regiments have had Ghurkas with them over the past few years. They are good lads despite dubious culinary tastes, Keen as mustard and they take a pride in their abilities in hand to hand fighting. I'm glad they are on our side.
You cant beat a genuine Ghurka goat curry, especially for breakfast, its probably the only thing that will clear 10 days backed-up compo. :wink:
 
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