This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross

Mandalay Company, Gurkha Rifles

Ayo Gorkhali!”

(“The Gurkhas Are Coming” - Traditional Gurkha Battle Cry)

Before the Twilight War two Independent Gurkha Companies were based in the UK – Sittang Company at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and Mandalay Company at the Infantry Battle School at Brecon in Wales. Drawn from all units of the Brigade of Gurkhas, both Companies served in an Opposing Force (OPFOR) role, providing realistic opposition for officer cadets and enlisted recruits during their basic training.

Much to their chagrin, both Companies remained in the UK during the opening phases of the War in Europe, however as NATO advanced across Poland and casualties increased during the spring and early summer of 1997 Mandalay Company was released from its training role and transferred to Poland, where it was attached to the 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards, who formed part of the 4th Armoured Division. They joined the Division just in time to take part in the assault on Warsaw, serving with distinction as the 4th Division attempted to secure the Citys westersuburbs, before retreating in good order with the rest of the Division. During the retreat Rifleman Kulbir Limbu was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in destroying two Soviet tanks.

The next several years were relatively quiet as the 4th Division was mainly held in reserve in Northern Germany, although the Gurkhas did take place in a number of anti marauder operations during this period (upon hearing that the Gurkhas were in the area more than one marauder group fled rather than face the hillmen from Nepal in battle). In the spring of 2000, they were finally detached from the Grenadiers and placed under the direct command of HQ, BAOR, where they formed a special operations force. The Company has undertaken a number of long range recon patrols and intelligence gathering operations since then, so can be found far from the main British cantonments, generally using Land Rover WMIKs, modified Land Rovers that have been stripped down, fitted with a strengthened chassis, roll cages, and weapons mounts (one pintle mount operated by the front passenger equivalent to a NATO medium tripod and one rear ring mount equivalent to a NATO heavy tripod). Mandalay Company also occasionally provides escorts for Kings Messengers.

The Gurkhas wear standard British Army uniform, including a rifle green beret, and carry standard British equipment. Most are armed with the L85A2 assault rifle (although a few men have “acquired” non British weapons, or, in some cases SLRs), supplemented by small numbers of L86A1 and FN Minimi Squad Automatic Weapons and a few GPMG’s and 51mm mortars. Every man also carries a kukri, the distinctive curved Nepalese knife. Traditionally Gurkha units in the British Army have always had British officers, and Mandalay Company is under the command of thirty year old Major Nick Bartlett, who

joined the Brigade of Gurkhas from Sandhurst in 1991. Bartlett’s seconin commanis forty four year old Captain Rambahadur Gurung, MC, who joined the Brigade as a rifleman aged seventeen and was commissioned as a King’s Gurkha Officer (KGO) in 1997. Captain Gurung won the Military Cross during the siege of Warsaw. Besides Bartlett, a small number of British soldiers serve with the Company, mostly in support roles, although a handful of Grenadier Guardsmen found themselves attached to the Company whilst it was part of their Battalion and have remained with it. One member of the Company, Rifleman Lachiman Lai, formerly served with the Brigade of Gurkhas Pipe Band, and carries his bagpipes with him whilst on patrol.

Mandalay Independent Company, Royal Gurkha Rifles

Subordination: HQ, BAOR

Strength: 60 men (usually dispersed into smaller sub groups of five eight men)