On Patrol With The Gurkhas In Malaya

Discussion in 'Postwar' started by Charley Fortnum, Sep 29, 2019.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I've read a lot of attempts by writers trying to sum up the typical jungle patrol by distilling the common features of the scores in which they took part. This is one of the best.

    It's written by Major 'Brunny' Short of 1/6th Gurkha Rifles, at one stage 2 i/c of the battalion, and is extracted from The Happy Warriors by Brigadier A. E. C.Bredin D.S.O., M.C. (pp. 203-208).

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  2. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    This is worth the few minutes of your time. Obviously a mock-up for the cameras, but a good look at kit and weaponry. A-Coy 1st Bn, The Worcestershire Regt in 1953: Brens, Stens and No.5s.

     
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  4. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Excellent find CF, thanks very much for posting.

    Owen gun (much better than a sten in the jungle) carried by lead scout, and towards the end at the stream crossing every second man appears to have one (may be down to a bit of fanciful editing!)

    Again, thanks for posting this up.

    Kind regards, always,

    Jim.
     
  5. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Another good article here, from a Brigadier's perspective, which gives a pleasingly rounded picture of the whole operation. The author commanded 63 Gurkha Brigade in Malaya and also penned the excellent Red Shadow over Malaya ( London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1955), as well as other books about his more junior service in the Second World War.

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