Prince Charles once said, “In the world, there is only one secure place; that’s when you are between Gurkhas.”
These soldiers from Nepal are known as fearless and elite warriors. The British even concluded the Treaty of Sugauli with a clause allowing them to recruit Gurkhas for their own army when the Anglo-Nepalese War ended in 1816. Since that time, Gurkhas have proven their unmatched combat skills everywhere the armies of Great Britain have fought. In September 2010, a member of the Royal Gurkha Rifles added to their legend in one of the most epic battles of close combat in history.
It Runs In the Blood
Originally from Bima in western Nepal, Dipprasad Pun came from a long line of Gurkha warriors. Both his father and grandfather served in the Gurkha Rifles. His grandfather was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the Burma theater fighting the Japanese during World War II(The Japanese were petrified of Gurkhas)
The Night of September 2010
Corporal(Acting Sargeant) Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles was a sentry in a small two-story, one-room outpost in Helmand Province. He heard some weird noise, so he went to check, thinking it might be a donkey or a cow. Instead, he found two men crouched at the front gate while trying to lay an improvised explosive device. The next thing he knew, he was being showered with AK-47 bullets and RPGs from three directions. Pun returned fire in all directions dropping target after target, Gurkha-Mode on, when a huge Taliban fighter rushed at his position Pun yanked his machine gun off its tripod and hosed him down. He had two more attackers rush at him, out of ammo for the machine gun, he set off his Claymore mine to blast them to paradise too.