Название: The Gurkha Diaries of Robert Atkins MC: India and Malaya 1944 - 1958
Автор: Robert Atkins
Издательство: Pen and Sword Military
Размер: 10.0 MB
How fortunate it is that Robert Atkins wrote up his experiences as a young Gurkha officer in India and later Malaya as, seventy years on, they form an important contemporaneous record of two historically significant periods. When India was granted Independence in 1947, irreconcilable religious differences made Partition inevitable. His account of the death, destruction and suffering that he and his soldiers witnessed makes for traumatic yet compelling reading. In the aftermath of Independence the Gurkha Regiments were split between the Indian and British Armies and Robert returned to England and British service. These diaries tell of a young Army officer’s journey of singular travel and excitement. As the Second World War drew to a close, Robert had set out for India, where his father and grandfather had served before him, armed with a commission in the Indian Army. At the modest age of eighteen he was to join the elite 8th Gurkha Rifles. Then, following Partition and the Independence of India in 1947, he transferred to the British Army along with four of the ten Gurkha Regiments of the Indian Army. Three years later, Robert returned to the East and his former soldiers, and for seven years he was to serve with the First Battalion of the 6th Gurkha Rifles in Malaya.