"Go into battle expecting to die and surely you will live." - Ancient Samurai saying
It was a calm night in September in Afghanistan for Nepalese soldier Corporal Dipprasad Pun; that is, until 30 Taliban fighters attacked his checkpoint. All alone, Pun was faced with the seemingly impossible task of trying to defend his checkpoint. Mentally accepting the fact that he was going to die, Pun's final objective in life was to take as many of the Taliban with him as he could.
Under attack from every direction and taking constant fire from AK-47s and RPGs for 15 minutes, Pun still found the time to unload over 400 rounds of ammunition, 17 grenades and a mine into the attackers. He beat a Taliban climbing the checkpoint wall with his weapon's tripod when he ran out of bullets. Two soldiers were still firing at him towards the end of the engagement until he used a Claymore mine to "encourage" them to finally withdraw. 1 lone Nepalese Gurkha had single-handedly defeating an attacking force of over 30 Taliban.And even more impressively, he lived!
For this extraordinary act of bravery and skill he has just been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) by Queen Elizabeth II. The CGC is second only to the Victoria Cross, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the UK and other commonwealth nations. Gurkha fighters are internationally hailed for their skill, heroism, and bravery and this is but one example of why.
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These weapons were acquired directly from the Nepalese government and many have seen combat.