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Meet the Soldier Who Held Off 30 Taliban Attackers Alone [Gurkha]
The Atlantic Wire ^ | June 2, 2011 | Adam Martin

Posted on 06/03/2011 2:59:01 PM PDT by James C. Bennett

The story of Dipprasad Pun, a Nepali soldier fighting in Afghanistan with the British Royal Gurkha Rifles, didn't get a lot of press in the United States because, well, he's a Nepali British soldier. But it's amazing. Last September, Pun fought off thirty Taliban attackers by himself, firing 400 rounds of machine gun ammunition, detonating 17 grenades, a landmine, and finally beating the last attackers back with the tripod of his gun. Naturally, he received a high honor yesterday: Britain's Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

A report from March in the British Forces News explains that Pun was on sentry duty alone at a checkpoint near a remote village when the attack happened. His platoon left him and three other soldiers to man the post while they went on patrol to secure the area for the next day's parliamentary elections.

Pun was on duty when he heard a clinking noise to the south of the checkpoint and had the presence of mind to gather up two radios, which would enable him to both speak to his Commander and to call in artillery support, his personal weapon, and a General Purpose Machine Gun. Realising that he was about to be attacked, he quickly informed his Commander on one of the radios, and fired a weapon launched grenade at the enemy.

Pun single-handedly fought off an enemy attack onto his lightly manned position. In the dark he took the enemy head on as he moved around his position to fend off the attack from three sides, killing three assailants and causing the others to flee. In doing so he saved the lives of his three comrades and prevented the position from being overrun.

According to CNN, he said in a later interview, "I thought they are definitely going to kill me. ... I thought before they kill me I have to kill some of them." It seems to have worked.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; gurkha; islam; nepal; taliban; wot

1 posted on 06/03/2011 2:59:06 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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2 posted on 06/03/2011 3:01:39 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett
Who knew one bad Pun could hold off 30 Talibunnies?

Sorry

3 posted on 06/03/2011 3:05:10 PM PDT by magslinger (What Would Stephen Decatur Do?)
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To: James C. Bennett

Great job, but where were his 3 buddies at?


4 posted on 06/03/2011 3:06:24 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: James C. Bennett

Only 30 Taliban vs. one Gurkha?

Poor Taliban. Were there any survivors?


5 posted on 06/03/2011 3:07:47 PM PDT by Little Ray (Best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: magslinger

LOL!


6 posted on 06/03/2011 3:08:00 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: James C. Bennett
The badge of the Gurkha Regiment showing their fearsome Khukuri knives. Their reputation as warriors was such that legend has it Argentine soldiers fled their positions just at the mention Gurkhas were advancing on them.


7 posted on 06/03/2011 3:11:06 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: James C. Bennett

That is one intended Pun.


8 posted on 06/03/2011 3:15:55 PM PDT by clbiel (Hey Islam! Satan's on the line says he's not giving back your religion without a fight.)
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To: colorado tanker
One time in North Africa the Ghurkas were whuppin' up on the krauts and a certain kraut with a rifle and bayonet charged a Gurkha armed with a kukhri (sp? knife.

The Gurkha took a step to the side and swiped at the kraut with his kukhri knife.

The kraut said "Aha, you missed!"

The Gurkha said "Shake your head nazi!".

You can fill in the rest.

9 posted on 06/03/2011 3:17:54 PM PDT by OKSooner (Obama confessed "his muslim faith" on the George Stephanopolous show on September 7th, 2008.)
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To: OKSooner

Masters in the art of Combat


10 posted on 06/03/2011 3:24:36 PM PDT by Broker (Mabuhay!)
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To: James C. Bennett
When Cpl. Dipprasad Pun's rifle jammed, he grabbed a .50 cal machine gun tripod and used it to club to death a Taliban terrorist trying to climb up to Pun's rooftop position

I don't know about you, but for me, using a tripod as a warhammer is a crazy bad-ass move.

11 posted on 06/03/2011 3:28:23 PM PDT by PanzerKardinal (Some things are so idiotic only an intellectual would believe it.)
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To: OKSooner
The Gurkhas are tough sons of guns, for sure.

They go through quite a selection process just to join the outfit. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, so not only is it considered a high honor to be allowed to join, it sets the soldier and his family for life, financially.

They have to be from particular ethnic groups living in the west central part of the country, including the city of Gorkha, and pass a series of rigorous physical tests and interviews. It's very competitive and relatively few are selected from those who volunteer.

12 posted on 06/03/2011 3:28:27 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: James C. Bennett

What a stud!


13 posted on 06/03/2011 3:30:27 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: rawhide

He didn’t need his 3 buddies to get the job done.


14 posted on 06/03/2011 3:46:30 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: James C. Bennett

A more salty version of the event: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/pun.html


15 posted on 06/03/2011 3:50:15 PM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: James C. Bennett
I thought before they kill me I have to kill some of them

What a man.

16 posted on 06/03/2011 3:55:41 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: James C. Bennett

“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha”


17 posted on 06/03/2011 3:58:05 PM PDT by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: James C. Bennett

My Father server with the Ghurkas in Aden. He said the biggest problem with them on the assault was keeping up with them closely enough to make sure there some prisoners left to question.

He had a boxing match with one two, apparently he had the Ghurka worried at one point. He thought he’d killed my poor old Dad.


18 posted on 06/03/2011 4:13:56 PM PDT by Stolly
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To: James C. Bennett

My Father server with the Ghurkas in Aden. He said the biggest problem with them on the assault was keeping up with them closely enough to make sure there some prisoners left to question.

He had a boxing match with one too, apparently he had the Ghurka worried at one point. He thought he’d killed my poor old Dad.


19 posted on 06/03/2011 4:14:20 PM PDT by Stolly
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To: Alice in Wonderland

These Americans are something to believe in also.

http://www.badassoftheweek.com/gordonandshughart.html


20 posted on 06/03/2011 4:18:31 PM PDT by packrat35 (America is rapidly becoming a police state that East Germany could be proud of!)
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To: colorado tanker

“With ten divisions of such men our troubles here would quickly be over” Colonel Kurtz, Apocalypse Now


21 posted on 06/03/2011 4:26:09 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
The Gurkhas fought in the Malaya Emergency, successfully suppressing that communist insurgency.
22 posted on 06/03/2011 4:45:29 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: James C. Bennett

A platoon of black men were manning a position during the Korean War when the Chinese attempted to overrun them with a human wave. They fought like madmen and repelled the Chinese. The next day when green reinforcements arrived to see them collecting what seemed to be hundreds of bodies when the lieutenant said, “See? That is what happens when you don’t panic.”


23 posted on 06/03/2011 4:49:45 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks James C. Bennett.
Last September, Pun fought off thirty Taliban attackers by himself, firing 400 rounds of machine gun ammunition, detonating 17 grenades, a landmine, and finally beating the last attackers back with the tripod of his gun...
What? That's all?
Realising that he was about to be attacked, he quickly informed his Commander on one of the radios, and fired a weapon launched grenade at the enemy... In the dark he took the enemy head on as he moved around his position to fend off the attack from three sides, killing three assailants and causing the others to flee. In doing so he saved the lives of his three comrades and prevented the position from being overrun... "I thought they are definitely going to kill me. ... I thought before they kill me I have to kill some of them."
I like this kid.

Imagine being the other three guys though -- "Oh, we saw the whole thing." :')


24 posted on 06/03/2011 4:50:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: colorado tanker

While I take nothing away from them in terms of fighting prowess, I don’t think their numbers are very high - they really are an elite. It’s odd how they’ve served with the British for so long, yet have an independent state (some kind of “friendship agreement”). I guess it is like the Swiss Guard; I don’t know about today, but they were an all-Swiss unit, serving in another country.


25 posted on 06/03/2011 4:50:52 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
From Wikipedia:

Swiss Guards is the name given to the Swiss soldiers who have served as bodyguards, ceremonial guards, and palace guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century. They have had a high reputation for discipline, and loyalty to their employers. Apart from household and guard units, regular Swiss mercenary regiments have served as line troops in various armies; notably those of France, Spain and Naples up to the 19th century. In contemporary usage, the name Swiss Guards generally refers to the Pontifical Swiss Guard of Vatican City.

I remember seeing them at the Vatican. Only time I've ever seen an actual guard with a halberd.

26 posted on 06/03/2011 4:54:34 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Thanks for the info; are they still exclusively Swiss?


27 posted on 06/03/2011 5:03:06 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: colorado tanker
They have to be from particular ethnic groups living in the west central part of the country, including the city of Gorkha, and pass a series of rigorous physical tests and interviews. It's very competitive and relatively few are selected from those who volunteer.

Nepal Seals, and no less heroic.....

28 posted on 06/03/2011 5:12:20 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: kearnyirish2

Recruits to the guards must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training with the Swiss military and can obtain certificates of good conduct.


29 posted on 06/03/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan
Recruits to the guards must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training with the Swiss military and can obtain certificates of good conduct.

Far out! WGAF? Are the Swiss guards to the pope currently engaged in anything more than standing around and scratching nut?.....The thread is about a hero....not the pope.

30 posted on 06/03/2011 5:59:03 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: James C. Bennett

Great picture.


31 posted on 06/03/2011 7:07:34 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: archy

Looks like one of the men has been fighting and causing trouble again.


32 posted on 06/03/2011 8:49:24 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: packrat35

>>In true badass fashion, when the battle was over, reinforcements had arrived, and the smoke had finally cleared, Sergeant Pun’s company commander quietly walked up to him, slowly looked the blood-lusted Sergeant over, patted him once on the back, and simply asked, “You OK?” Pun nodded, dazed, but unhurt. The company commander nodded once and walked away without a word. All in a day’s work for the Royal Gurkha Rifles.<<


33 posted on 06/03/2011 9:08:34 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Allowing Islam into America is akin to injecting yourself with AIDS to prove how tolerant you are...)
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To: James C. Bennett

Only 30 Taliban? He definitely had them outnumbered.


34 posted on 06/03/2011 11:27:57 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,..")
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To: ScreamingFist; Pan_Yan; kearnyirish2

kearnyirish2 made a tangential reference about the Swiss Guard in relation to the Gurkhas.

Pan_Yan provided background information.

kearnyirish2 wanted further elaboration.

Pan_Yan did so.

So ScreamingFist (who apparently doesn’t give a f@$%); was your comment really necessary?


35 posted on 06/04/2011 3:42:05 AM PDT by Ultra Sonic 007 (To view the FR@Alabama ping list, click on my profile!)
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To: James C. Bennett

The Gurkha Rifles are a legendary regiment, and this man’s bravery will only enhance their reputation.

An amazing story.


36 posted on 06/04/2011 10:00:54 AM PDT by mojito
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To: B4Ranch
Looks like one of the men has been fighting and causing trouble again.

He will be counseled, then decorated and promoted.

37 posted on 06/04/2011 11:53:37 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: magslinger

He was in a bit of a pickle.


38 posted on 06/04/2011 6:08:14 PM PDT by AndrewB (FUBO)
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To: James C. Bennett
Pun fought off thirty Taliban attackers by himself

30:1? He clearly had the Taliban outnumbered.

39 posted on 06/05/2011 5:10:53 AM PDT by Gamecock (It's not eat drink and be merry because tommow we die, but rather because yesterday we were dead.)
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To: PanzerKardinal
I don't know about you, but for me, using a tripod as a warhammer is a crazy bad-ass move.

I don't think even Chuck Norris could do that.

40 posted on 06/05/2011 5:23:30 AM PDT by Gamecock (It's not eat drink and be merry because tommow we die, but rather because yesterday we were dead.)
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To: kearnyirish2
The British East India Company (in the days before direct royal rule of India) invaded Nepal in the Gurkha War, but were defeated. They were so impressed by the fighting abilities of the Gurkha soldiers that they eventually got permission to recruit them into the British Indian Army. At the time of independence, Britain and India split up the Gurkha units. It is a lucky (and very, very good) few who make it into the British Army.

In a sense, it's too bad the Nepalis won. They were never incorporated into British India, which meant they were not included in the rail net, education system or government and court system. Nepal today is considerably poorer than India.

41 posted on 06/06/2011 9:30:57 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

I didn’t know Nepalis were related to India by language/culture; then again, India itself has so many different populations they are probably related to all of the various groups on their borders.


42 posted on 06/06/2011 8:11:37 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Ultra Sonic 007
So ScreamingFist (who apparently doesn’t give a f@$%); was your comment really necessary?

Was yours? What are you...Keeper of the Gate?

43 posted on 06/07/2011 5:11:38 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: colorado tanker
It was no rumour, the Gurkhas had been chomping at the bit to get stuck in, especially as the Scots Guards had already been in action (ref. Mt Tumbledown). The Argentinian conscripts had been fed horror stories about the Gurkhas by their own officers to ensure they didn't surrender, which promptly back fired when they observed the Gurkhas running uphill to get at them, at this juncture the poor conscripts decided discretion was the better part of valour and legged it back to Port Stanley.
44 posted on 06/08/2011 3:07:06 AM PDT by bodrules (Down with this sort of thing - maybe)
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To: kearnyirish2
Nepali and Hindi are related, although distinct languages. Most Nepalis are ethnically related to the majority ethnic group in North India.

That said, many Nepalis are ethnically Tibeto-Burmese and are often referred to in English as "hill tribes" such as Gurungs or Sherpas. Historically large numbers of Gurkhas were recruited from these groups, such as Gurungs and Magars.

45 posted on 06/10/2011 10:27:37 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Interesting; thanks for the info. I see Nepal in the news a lot because of a communist problem there, but don’t know much more about them.


46 posted on 06/10/2011 5:02:53 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2
Nepal was never part of India and did not inherit the traditions of British parliamentary democracy.

Nepal was a monarchy until unrest forced the King to cede a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary government in 1990. But they don't really know how to do it and corruption is endemic.

A Maoist insurgency began in the 1990's that resulted in widespread fighting in the 2000's. Then a peace deal was brokered where the Maoists ended their insurgency in return for amnesty and becoming a political party. A new constitution is to be written.

In the midst of all that a bizarre turn of events ended the monarchy. The crown prince, son of the popular monarch, was allegedly angry over his parents interference in his love live and marriage prospects. He entered a room during cocktail hour and wiped out most of the royal family, including himself. The King's brother, who was out of town, took the throne. He was not well liked and his son was intensely disliked. Eventually he was run off and Nepal is now a democracy. You can hear all manner of conspiracy theories about what "really" happened.

They have been trying for years to write the new constitution and have been bouncing along through a series of provisional governments the Maoists have been in an out of. At least they aren't shooting at each other - for now.

It's a damn shame. It's a beautiful country with wonderful, friendly people. They desperately need stability to try to grow their economy.

47 posted on 06/13/2011 11:31:56 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Little Ray

Only 30 Taliban vs. one Gurkha?

Not a fair fight. :)


48 posted on 06/13/2011 11:40:05 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE ("It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once" - David Hume)
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To: colorado tanker

Thanks for the info; I remember the man killing much of the royal family.


49 posted on 06/14/2011 5:18:40 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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