Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Honored Allies Wednesday: Sher Bahadur Thapa (India)

"On 18/19 September 1944 at San Marino, Italy, when a company of the 9th Gurkha Rifles encountered bitter opposition from a German prepared position, Rifleman Sher Bahadur Thapa and his section commander, who was afterwards badly wounded, charged and silenced an enemy machine-gun.  The rifleman then went on alone to the exposed part of a ridge where, ignoring a hail of bullets, he silenced more machine-guns, covered a withdrawal and rescued two wounded men before he was killed." 

From Rifleman Thapa's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on December 26, 1944.

A true skillful ally,
Brian & Mel

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