The Gurkha Diaries of Robert Atkins MC

India and Malaya 1944 - 1958

Robert Atkins MC

When India was granted Independence in 1947, irreconcilable religious differences made Partition inevitable. Robert Atkins' account of the death, destruction, and suffering that he and his soldiers witnessed makes for traumatic yet compelling reading.
Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 mono
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399091459

Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 144
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Overview
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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.

Three years later on his way to fight in the Korean War, he was ordered to join 1st Battalion, 6th Gurkha Rifles engaged in the battle against communist terrorists, known as the Malayan Emergency. Robert saw more than his share of action over next seven years in this eventually successful but bitterly fought campaign. His courage and leadership earned him the Military Cross.

The two diaries are introduced with helpful narratives setting each in their historical context.

Written with admirable modesty, this superb personal account informs and entertains.

About The Author
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Robert Atkins and his twin brother, Geoffrey, were born in 1927 in India where their father was serving with the Punjab Regiment. Both were educated at Rugby School. Commissioned into the 8th Gurkha Rifles in 1944, Robert’s diary records his involvement during Indian Partition. After Independence, he returned to England joining a British regiment. In 1950 he joined the 6th Gurkha Rifles in Malaya and spent the next eight years fighting Communist terrorists, earning the Military Cross. Two years after marrying Anabel in 1956, Robert retired from the Army and they moved back to England, settling in Kent. A successful career in international commercial property followed. Robert finally retired aged 83. Robert and Anabel have two daughters, Celestine and Vicky. A former Army Boxing champion, he has pursued an active lifestyle, with many friends and interests, notably gardening and art.

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