Book Review: Gurkha Odyssey


16 January 2020
A book by Peter Duffell

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Given that the largest ever contingent of Gurkhas took part in a passing out parade at Catterick Garrison last November (all 399 from the 399 who arrived nine months earlier), this is a timely look at Gurkha history by Lieutenant General Sir Peter Hill, who has fought, served and lived with them. It traces their history from the Northwest Frontier of India, through two World Wars, down to the Falklands in the South Atlantic and back to Europe for the Balkans conflict and then on to the Middle East. Despite a self-indulgent start, it develops into a well-written history of these fierce troops.

• Pen and Sword
• ISBN 978-15267-3057-2
• 294 pages • Hardback • £25

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Reviewed in The Armourer February 2020 issue

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