Don’t mess with a Gurkha!

Kudos to Acting Sgt. Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who yesterday received Britain’s second-highest award for bravery, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

While stationed as a lone sentry at a checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on September 17, Pun fended off an attack by up to 30 Taliban fighters.

“There were many Taliban around me,” Pun said in an interview with British Forces News. “I thought they are definitely going to kill me. … I thought before they kill me I have to kill some of them.”

During the 15-minute battle, Pun fired more than 400 rounds of ammunition, detonated 17 grenades and a mine and even threw his gun tripod at a Taliban fighter climbing toward his position, according to British Forces News.

One Gurkha against 30 Taliban? They were outnumbered from the start.

[Source: CNN online article, retrieved 6/3/11]

(h/t SayUncle)

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