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Bugles and a Tiger: My Life in the Gurkhas (Cassell Military Paperbacks) Paperback – January 1, 2002


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John Masters was commissioned into the Gurkha Rifles on the eve of the Second World War and rose to command one of the Chindit columns fighting behind the lines against the Japanese in Burma. He left the Army after the war to pursue a very profitable career as a novelist.
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  • Series: Cassell Military Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell military (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304361569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304361564
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This plus a favourite fiction author guaranteed my enjoyment.
Cathy
Masters' next book, "Road Past Mandalay" about his experiences fighting in Burma, follows naturally and seamlessly.
Richard Aubrey
All in all I rate this book a classic and a must for any student of military history.
Deepak Navnith

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard Aubrey on May 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
John Masters writes of his early life and the beginning of his career in the Indian Army, particularly a Gurkha regiment.

In this fast-moving book, he manages to explain the viewpoint of the families whose lives for generations were involved in service in India (by extension in less well-known outposts of empire, as well), explain the British regimental system, the institution of Sandhurst, a good view of pre-war India, a fabulously affectionate description of the Gurkha soldiers, and fighting on the Northwest Frontier. Those familiar with Kipling, or current events, will recognize some of the locations.

None of this strikes the reader as a lecture. If nothing else, this book will inform the reader about several subjects which will make understanding certain aspects of history and military affairs much easier.

Masters was clearly an interesting young man; observant and energetic, self-aware, and clearly competent.

The story ends with a large manuver involving several other units. After a night march over nearly impossible terrain, the battalion is in place, supple, tuned, ready. The year is 1939.

Masters' next book, "Road Past Mandalay" about his experiences fighting in Burma, follows naturally and seamlessly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. White on April 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Author John Masters turned to fiction after a successful career in the British Empire's old Indian Army. Bugles and a Tiger recounts Master's army years up until World War 2, from military academy days at Sandhurst through service with the famed Gurkhas. The responsibilities of company command mature Masters, until he becomes ready for the greater responsibility thrust upon him in World War 2 . (See The Road Past Mandalay for that story).
Bugles and a Tiger is a warm, thought-provoking, and entertaining look back at a time and place that seem exotic by today's standards. Highly recommended for all, especially those who have an interest in history, India, or a good old-fashioned "ripping yarn".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Deepak Navnith on February 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the story of a young officer coming into age in the dying days of the British Raj. John Masters writes with a wit and detachment that endears him to all those interested in "raj" era books. More attractive is his detailed account of life in a Gurkha regiment with a full account of the customs of the Gurkhas, their strengths(considerable as they were) and their weaknesses.
The spit and polish of the old British Indian army are brought out in full measure and so are the martial attributes of the Afghans against whom his regiment was deployed. He is full of praise for their tactical ingenuity and their harsh lifestyle against whom he was pitted so many times.
All in all I rate this book a classic and a must for any student of military history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RJ on May 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is my favorite military memoir ever. John Masters served as a young Gurkha officer in the twilight of British India shortly before World War 2.
Written in middle age, the memoir tells how Masters grew from cadet to company commander in an Indian Army Gurkha regiment. It's a universal coming of age story enlivened by exotic locales, an attractive protagonist,and and a loving eye for a way of life that was known to be ending while it was being lived.
Masters is a natural storyteller and parts of this book linger in the memory long after it is finished. Master's World War 2 years are also ably described in the sequel, " The Road Past Mandalay". Of the two, I prefer the first: some of Master's WW2 experiences were grim indeed, and the second book is less light-hearted as a consequence.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Kelly on December 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful account of life in a Ghurka regiment, personal and lots of attention to detail, the reader is drawn to the authors authentic and colorful approach. I highly recommend this, i only wish i had known James Masters! after reading this, find a copy of the sequel" The Road Past Mandalay". wondeful stuff, about a little covered theater of WW2. In my youth had an opportunity to train with a Ghurka unit, they are all James Masters said they are and then some!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi on May 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
John Masters was a soldier before he became a best-selling novelist. He went to Sandhurst in 1933 at the age of eighteen and was commissioned into the 4th Gurkha Rifles in time to take part in some of the last campaigns on the turbulent north-west frontier of India.

'Bugles and a Tiger' is a matchless evocation of the British/Indian Army in India on the eve of the Second World War. Still very much the army depicted by Kipling, it stands on the threshold of a war that will transform the world. 'Bugles and a Tiger' became the first of three volumes of autobiography that touched a chord in the post-war world. Many veterans wrote to him, thanking him 'for saying something that had not been said and needed saying, for drawing this picture of a worthwhile service, the old Indian Army'.

Well worth reading, as is the subsequent book, "The Road to Mandalay."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Longstalker on January 9, 2010
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Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This book, an account of a British officer's tour in the late 1930's with an Indian Gurkha unit on the Afgan border (pre-establishment of Pakistan) could be culled from today's headlines. The similarities of actions happening today is striking. Today's military leaders should be required to read this book.
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