Superman? British soldier single-handedly defeats 30 Taliban

by editor on June 3, 2011

Let this be a warning. If you value your life, do not piss off a Gurkha soldier. Corporal Dipprasad Pun single-handedly opened a can of whoop ass on 30 Taliban soldiers and has been awarded Britain’s second highest honor, the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, for his heroics.

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The Taliban's biggest mistake was not bringing along some Kryptonite

The Daily Mail UK tells the remarkable story:

… The soldier fired more than 400 rounds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to thwart the Taliban assault on his checkpoint near Babaji in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, last September.

… Defending the base from the roof, the Gurkha remained under continuous attack from rocket-propelled grenades and AK47s for more than a quarter of an hour.

Most of the militants were about 50ft away from him, but at one point he turned around to see a ‘huge’ Taliban fighter looming over him.

The soldier picked up his machine gun and fired a long burst at the man until he fell off the roof.

When another insurgent tried to climb up to his position, the Gurkha attempted to shoot him with his SA80 rifle. But it did not work, either because it had jammed or because the magazine was empty.

He first grabbed a sandbag but it had not been tied up and the contents fell to the floor.

Then he seized the metal tripod of his machine gun and threw it at the approaching Taliban militant, shouting in Nepali ‘Marchu talai’ (‘I will kill you’) and knocking him down.

Two insurgents were still attacking by the time the heroic Gurkha had used up all his ammunition, but he set off a Claymore mine to repel them.

Remarkable. And we love the name of the award. The Conspicuous Gallentry Cross. Sounds so very, very British, doesn’t it?

“Pip, pip, cheerio. I’ve just killed 30 of those pesky Taliban chaps. Care for a spot of tea?”

Source: Daily Mail UK

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Fake Name
June 3, 2011 11:53 am

Tea? I don’t think so. Tea doesn’t turn into hard liquor, which is what he pisses out.

Someone get a wheel barrel for this man’s sac.

It’s said that he was raised by wolves until the age of 12, at which time he was put up for adoption and taken by Chuck Norris.

There are just to many ways to go with this. Point is, good job, glad he got them, and glad he’s alright.

June 3, 2011 10:07 pm

Had to give a thumbs up on this, to offset the one thumbs down. Whoever that is XD. Probably a brother of one of the taliban that was killed…

June 3, 2011 11:59 am

these guys are trained to kill. I am so happy he got to do his duty. I hope there are a million more guys just like him ready to f#ck the terrorists over any way they can. Oh, and by the way, make sure all your sharp edges and bullets have some pig blood -gun oil on them to keep those loser away from allah and their 72 virgin boys.
Only fitting since they prey mostly on the innocent.

June 3, 2011 12:00 pm

His first words upon the arrival of reinforcements:


June 3, 2011 12:26 pm

He certainly deserves it more than any award John Kerry received.

June 3, 2011 10:08 pm

Heck he deserves the Nobel Peace prize of helping keep our world peaceful. Much more than Obama that is for sure.

June 4, 2011 7:32 am

Warren, any soldier that even cooked a meal for a soldier that killed even one Taliban has done more for world peace than Obama. This gentleman? I don’t think they have the proper award for his level of bravery. If he were an American soldier, I’m sure that Obama would be taking all the credit for his deeds.

June 4, 2011 2:33 pm

He’d probably say he ordered the man to kill the 30 men. I can hear it now –

“Even though there was opposition to the decisions I made, I thought long and hard about how I could order this. I realize that it is all be come of *me me me me me me me me*”

That is what I hear in every Obama speech any more. I swear I don’t think even Clinton was as vain and self serving as Obama and he screwed interns.

June 5, 2011 5:13 am

Barry thinks “longer and harder” than a certain Elmer Fudd Impersonator in a roomful of dick.

June 27, 2011 5:55 pm

No… he’d say he was the one who saw them coming and gave the soldier the ideas of how to take them out… 😀

Isn’t that pretty much what he did with Osama??? Bush and 3 or 4 other presidents hunted him down. Obama just gave the orders to take him out… good ole Obama…. 😛

June 28, 2011 1:06 pm

Let’s all keep in mind that Osama was offered up to Bill Clinton, preshackled and already wearing stripes. Clinton turned down the offer.

June 28, 2011 1:53 pm

To think… if Clinton has a conscience, I wonder if he realizes that he could have pretty much saved thousands of people’s lives by just bucking up and doing the right thing.

August 9, 2011 5:35 am

Clinton, conscience. In the same sentence, Kimmy?

August 9, 2011 7:20 am

I know, it is hard to imagine that he would have one…

June 3, 2011 11:33 pm

Multiple thumbs up for you sir.

June 3, 2011 12:26 pm

The story of the Gurkha is worth learning.
Amazing fighters, it’s a tradition.

Joe Redfield
June 3, 2011 12:32 pm

A few months back there was a story out of India, in which an off-duty Gurkha was on a train which was attacked by bandits(Muslims, if I recall) who attempted to rape a girl sitting near him. He pulled out his kukri(SP?), the ceremonial knife Gurkhas carry, and promptly dispatched 8 of the malefactors. The British authorities should consider importing a few Gurkhas for domestic policiing.

June 3, 2011 1:12 pm

WTF does one have to do to get the HIGHEST award in the British army?

June 3, 2011 1:36 pm

Finally, somebody asked the question. That was what I was wondering. And yes, the Gurkhas have a long and proud tradition as fierce warriors. If a Gurkha pulls out his kukri, it’s all over. Kiss your ass goodbye. Like the Nepali version of a Navy Seal.

June 3, 2011 1:39 pm

Ya know, that was my first thought too.

p.s. Does that man eat lead and piss bullets!

June 3, 2011 1:59 pm

“WTF does one have to do to get the HIGHEST award in the British army?”


So that pretty much makes it impossible for a Gurkha to receive it.

June 3, 2011 2:14 pm

Perhaps be of English descent AND do all that he did? Yes it is really strange.

June 3, 2011 4:45 pm

I could see the highest award going to the officer who sent this guy, probably.

June 4, 2011 3:47 am

That would be the Victorian Cross. In general, you’d have to die in some awesome way, taking a large amount of the bad guys with you to receive one. This Gurkha is just a wuss. Not only did he only kill 30 opponents in less than 20 minutes, he also lived to tell the story. Hence the NEXT highest award.
“Here’s a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, lad. Put some effort into it next time, and you might get an appreciative nod from Her Majesty!”
It’s all very British.

Owen Morgan
June 6, 2011 4:02 pm

“WTF does one have to do to get the HIGHEST award in the British army?”

Exactly what I thought when I first heard about this soldier’s heroism. Strangely, I suspect he missed out on a Victoria Cross owing to the fact he was all by himself (no witnesses, you see, apart from dead taliban ones, who don’t count).

This ( is one who did get a VC, for comparison.

June 27, 2011 5:58 pm

soooo… if he’d DIED doing this he would’ve gotten the highest award??? Isn’t living and winning cooler than dying and taking a bunch of people out? Seems backwards to me….

June 28, 2011 10:33 am

They have a backward stance on heroism.

June 3, 2011 1:53 pm

I got hunski that his wallet is the one that says “Bad Muthafucka.”

Well played sir!

June 3, 2011 2:11 pm

Daaaaannnnngggg! What’s his number? I needs to know! I bet his married. They are always married.

June 27, 2011 5:59 pm

i really wanted to thumbs down that just because i bet your right :(

June 28, 2011 10:34 am

They are never single and waiting for me… noooo they are always married to someone else. I get the fools while some girl out there get the heroes…. Something is wrong with this picture.


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June 3, 2011 4:21 pm

His actions, while under enemy fire and in the defense of his post, are the seeds of legend! I think the reason he isn’t receiving the greater award is due less to the fact that he’s Nepalese, but rather due to the fact that there were no (present or surviving) witnesses to his heroism.

June 3, 2011 4:47 pm

Okay I laughed but now I don’t know if you meant that as a joke or not :-\
I mean that seems like a plausible explanation (?)

June 4, 2011 8:28 am

No KQ, no joke really. For our big awards there are usually two or more witnesses to the event in question. I mean, someone has to live to tell your story! It usually starts out with something like: “Do you know what that f***ing crazy bastard did?”

June 4, 2011 2:29 pm

It is too bad that there weren’t some drones or something taping it. It would have been awesome video.

June 4, 2011 2:38 pm

Well, we could ask the Talib,…………oh, right. No survivors.

June 4, 2011 2:43 pm

Which in the end is the best part about this story. I am thinking he probably doesn’t give a true crap about the award. The award I am sure is knowing he sent them packing to Allah sooner rather than later.

June 5, 2011 10:00 am

All in a day’s work. He also killed them all in an effort to survive himself. If he had left one of the murdering bastards alive, then he himself would be dead, and he certainly doesn’t want that. I’m just glad he came out of it in good condition, and has been recognized for his bravery.

June 7, 2011 4:38 pm

Me too.

August 9, 2011 3:50 am

Re: Victoria Cross award.
Your’e correct. To win this prestigious award, the act must be witnessed by the enemy. This Gurkha wiped out all witnesses, NOTHING to do with rank, class or being Nepalese ( the Gurkhas have won many VC’s )
Example to our American friends:
The first man to win TWO Victoria Crosses was a Captain Noel Chevasse of the Liverpool Scottish regiment in WW1
He was a doctor/ medical officer who saved lives – not took them.
Bravery isn’t all about taking out enemy, he died from his wounds and was awarded his second VC because his men AND the enemy witnessed his extraordinary acts of courage.

June 3, 2011 5:14 pm

I want some of that good stuff that Reid and Rangle are smoking! That’s got to be better stuff then Snoop grows.

June 3, 2011 11:35 pm

This is definitely my kind of guy. Right along with the Soldier that chased down a bank robber after first securing his children behind furniture in the bank lobby. Y’all go now.

June 4, 2011 6:40 am

I served with Ghurkas in Bosnia. They are extremely professional, tough little war fighters. It doesn’t surprise me in the least he was able to kick butt!

June 4, 2011 7:58 am

Call of Duty: Ghurkha Warfare (Chuck Norris Edition)

June 4, 2011 2:29 pm

I would totally play that.

June 4, 2011 8:51 am

Amazing, even for a Gurkha, and they are just professionally amazing! Friend of mine was Royal Army and worked with them– one day he asked for volunteers for paratroop training, explained how it involved jumping out of airplanes behind enemy lines, etc. He was a little puzzled that only about half raised their hands -hesitantly- to volunteer. Seems he didn’t explain it clearly enough — they didn’t understand they would be wearing parachutes! Everyone was on board after that!

BTW, that kukri is FAR from ceremonial! It is sharp and heavy and with one good swing it will takes heads off.

June 4, 2011 9:18 pm

…and it never comes out without drawing blood.

June 4, 2011 3:22 pm


June 4, 2011 10:53 pm

I don’t know how to do the link thing, I ain’t no ‘puter geek. You can find the story on, channel 7 from Albuquerque. One of our own, a New Mexico soldier, will recieve the Congressional Medal of Honor in July. Only two men living have recieved our countrys highest honor during the fights in Afganistan and Iraq, all the other brave men died doing their duty.

There is no way I can say how proud all New Mexicans are of Sgt. Petry, I don’t have the words to do so.

June 4, 2011 11:28 pm

I heard about him on CNN.. he fought nearly to his death, defending wounded buddies… lost a hand tossing out a well cooked grenade. Brutal and brave as hell

June 4, 2011 11:37 pm

He lost most of his arm too, the medics had to do what they had to do to keep him alive. The planning is in the works and the celebration for this man will be huge when he gets back from D.C.

June 5, 2011 7:17 pm

Remember guys, no matter how good a job you do, no matter how cool you think you are:

theres always some asian guy one upping you.

June 6, 2011 10:36 am

Sorry, haven’t seen many Asian heavy equipment operators.

June 6, 2011 3:14 pm

they are too busy building out the infrastructure for Offshore Inc.

June 7, 2011 4:38 pm

Unnecessary dude… truly unnecessary…

June 27, 2011 6:18 pm

it’s ok i got third down, his/her extremely unecessary and rude comment should now be hidden. That felt almost as good as downing Olivia.

As to you ‘MyNewName’ I really don’t care if you think that asians are always one-upping us, this man risked his life. There is no need to down his bravery. The honor of hiding your insanely jerkish, for lack of better words, comment gave me a feeling of satisfaction.

June 28, 2011 10:36 am

*high five*

June 7, 2011 10:59 am

Obama would have him tried for war crimes.