Gurkhas , myth or reality ?

The first report does raise questions - Unless things have changed, C Coy 2 PARA is not a rifle company. It is Patrols Pl, Sigs Pl etc. Sounds more like they were on the same tour, not part of the Bde (especially given the photo where none has a maroon beret).
I think C (Bruneval) company, which as you say was a a Patrol company was displaced by the Gurkha reinforcement company.

There was a bit in Pegasus a while back about its reformation in 2 Para orbat as C (Bruneval) Company. As I am sure you had beaten into you at Browning barracks, C Company Second Parachute Battalion carried out the Bruneval raid, Operation Biting in February 1942. The Parachute Regiments first battle honour.
 
It works because Nepal is a poverty stricken country where joining the British army not only pays you mega bucks (to them) it also comes with healthcare and education for your family plus the option of a British Passport in the future.
The MOD could go to any shitty country, offer the same and be flooded with recruits.
Thats the reason why most commonwealth soldiers are black from poor countries and not white from Australia/Canada/New Zealand.
It was ever thus with the British Army and worked pretty well for the best part of two centuries.

They recruit young black men from dirt poor countries today because there are no more half-starved Irish peasants, lawless Scottish Highlanders or out of work miners from Durham and Lancashire available these days, and it turns out the Sikhs all want to be doctors and businessmen.
 
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Would the average SF soldier stand by and watch a young lad get a severe kicking from 3 drunk adult Gurkhas. Even if they decamped once the fight started, they would still be significant witnesses and their presence would have to be disclosed to the Defence for cross examination.
If you think the number of attackers was three, you haven't been paying attention.

What more than likely is that a bunch of pissed up Gurkhas decided to pick on a group of young Belizean youths with tragic consequences. Perhaps one of them or there comrades had been attacked and robbed on a previous occaison and when pissed after some perceived slight, decided on a bit of pay back.
And you accuse the newspapers of inventing stuff?
 

Cold_Collation

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It was ever thus with the British Army and worked pretty well for the best part of two centuries.

They recruit young black men from dirt poor countries today because there are no more half-starved Irish peasants, lawless Scottish Highlanders or out of work miners from Durham and Lancashire available these days, and it turns out the Sikhs all want to be doctors and businessmen.
They do so because the social security system is seen as a better option than working.

Pretty much everyone I joined up with did so for economic reasons.
 
It was ever thus with the British Army and worked pretty well for the best part of two centuries.

They recruit young black men from dirt poor countries today because there are no more half-starved Irish peasants, lawless Scottish Highlanders or out of work miners from Durham and Lancashire available these days, and it turns out the Sikhs all want to be doctors and businessmen.
Hiring the boggies was never about cost, more the fact it was better to use them as cannon fodder than risk the lives of good English men.
 
What do you think ?
short,
tribal,
dusky looking,
unintelligible language
crap tattoo's
can'd sing,
drink problems,
unintelligible language
prone to violence

hang on that's chreyl tweedy ?
 
could they not do with the gurkhas what they did with the WRAC disband them and amalgamate them in amongst all arms of the army, if they don't like it pay them off,
why should so much money and resources be dedicated to their own special regiment. they wanted to join the British Army so join it and not a tribal version of it, where everyone is tiptoing to your needs and customs,
Not going to happen anytime soon after instituting an RGR SPS.
 
Hiring the boggies was never about cost, more the fact it was better to use them as cannon fodder than risk the lives of good English men.
Not always true. ‘ Going for a soldier’ was not always a good thing, but many did for the gold. Some did it for the same reasons as any English lad, and many died as a consequence. Fighting for the king or queen of the day broke many Irish hearts.
 
It was ever thus with the British Army and worked pretty well for the best part of two centuries.

They recruit young black men from dirt poor countries today because there are no more half-starved Irish peasants, lawless Scottish Highlanders or out of work miners from Durham and Lancashire available these days, and it turns out the Sikhs all want to be doctors and businessmen.
De facto British Foreign Legion, with this rationale why not recruit Poles and Czech/Slovaks they did OK WW2 1 Polish Division and Para Bde in UK, Czech Armd Bde, plus large number of Poles in Italy. Belgian/Lux Bde, Netherlands Bde and Norwegian also. Free French were a bit difficult.
 
Not always true. ‘ Going for a soldier’ was not always a good thing, but many did for the gold. Some did it for the same reasons as any English lad, and many died as a consequence. Fighting for the king or queen of the day broke many Irish hearts.
My point was that a thousand boggies deaths was worth it, if it saved 1 Englishmans life.
 
De facto British Foreign Legion, with this rationale why not recruit Poles and Czech/Slovaks they did OK WW2 1 Polish Division and Para Bde in UK, Czech Armd Bde, plus large number of Poles in Italy. Belgian/Lux Bde, Netherlands Bde and Norwegian also. Free French were a bit difficult.
There is a Pole in 27 regiment, who did 5 years in the UK to get his passport, speaks Russian and Polish, employed as a Stacker.

If the British Army could employ more Eastern Europeans it would because its easier than making the British Army a better place to work.
 

maritime

Clanker
There is a Pole in 27 regiment, who did 5 years in the UK to get his passport, speaks Russian and Polish, employed as a Stacker.

If the British Army could employ more Eastern Europeans it would because its easier than making the British Army a better place to work.
Ex 156 RLC, by chance?
 
My point was that a thousand boggies deaths was worth it, if it saved 1 Englishmans life.
Yes I got your point. And the provocation. Your post was pointless, the follow up even more so, with added insult.
Don‘t reply. I am not interested in your thoughts or opinions on this, or any other, subject. It’s a big, wide world and we can all diverge onto our own trains of thought.
 
De facto British Foreign Legion, with this rationale why not recruit Poles and Czech/Slovaks they did OK WW2 1 Polish Division and Para Bde in UK, Czech Armd Bde, plus large number of Poles in Italy. Belgian/Lux Bde, Netherlands Bde and Norwegian also. Free French were a bit difficult.
These were all still part of their own armed forces with national rank systems under their national governments in exile. They were equiped and trained in British methods and under British command. For example Polish Air Force personnel wore RAF uniforms with Polish ranks with RAF ID cards/ID discs.

Their aircraft had RAF roundels with the Polish flag on the nose. All this was to comply with the Geneva and Hague conventions and to ensure that any personnel captured were treated as POWs in accordance with the convention.The Germans generally respected the conventions with such personnel captured. This included Jewish members captured, although German jews were given false identity's for obvious reasons.
 

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