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The Ferocious Fighter Who Fought Off The Taliban With His Kukri

He was shot, stunned by a grenade, and ambushed by two Taliban attackers.Despite all this L/Cpl Tuljung Gurung, armed then with nothing but...

He was shot, stunned by a grenade, and ambushed by two Taliban attackers.

Despite all this L/Cpl Tuljung Gurung, armed then with nothing but his Kukri in the close confines of his guard towersuccessfully fought off two Taliban insurgents almost twice his size.

"When I saw them I thought, I don’t want to die, I want to live. If I am alive I can save my colleagues. I have to do something. So, like a madman, I did everything."

Nearing the end of his duty at four in the morning, L/Cpl Tuljung was ambushed by two Taliban insurgents.

In spite of overwhelming odds against him, L/Cpl Tuljung Gurung overcame his attackers, preventing them from accessing the patrol base and leaving them limping off with grievous wounds sustained courtesy of his kukri.

 

Patrol Base Sparta 

The citation said that Lance Corporal Gurung’s actions showed the highest levels of gallantry and courage.
 
His speed of reaction and utter disregard for his own safety lead him to be awarded the military cross in 2013.
 
The Gurkhas have served with distinction to the Crown for 200 years now, for all the need to know about the Gurkhas, click here.
 
Photos: Corporal Si Longworth - Crown copyright
 
With thanks to Gavin Edgerley-Harris and The Gurkha Museum