Operation Khukri was one of the Indian army’s most successful international missions, and this book is a first-hand account by Major (Now Major General) Rajpal Punia, who, after three months of impasse and failed diplomacy, orchestrated the operation, surviving the
ambush of the RUF in prolonged jungle warfare twice, and returning with all 233 soldiers standing tall.
The operation was launched in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). The operation aimed to break the two-month-long siege laid by armed cadres of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) around two companies of 5/8th Gorkha Rifles Infantry Battalion Group of the Indian army at Kailahun by effecting a fighting breakout and redeploying them with the main battalion at Daru.
“The True Story Behind The Indian Army’s Most Successful Mission As Part of The United Nations”
Operation Khukri is a gripping account of one of the finest operations carried out by the Indian Army during an international mission under the UN in Sierra Leone.
"It is a story of 233 Indian Army Officers and men, who were besieged fro over three months without any replenishment or resuppliers, encircled by rebels of the RUF.” The Indian troops required “a daring plan, tenacity, professionalism and sheer cold courage.
Major(Now General) Rajpal Punia and his determined band of officers and men from 14 Mechanised Infantry and a Gorkha Unit(5/8 GR), did precisely that, to create a legacy that will perhaps never be emulated in the foreseeable future.”
“Major Punia exercised astute political-diplomatic skills while keeping as his primary aim the preservation of India’s dignity and the honour of the tricolour.” “The book is the epitome of valour and pride of our soldiers in Olive Green.”
It is a tale of leadership and valour, superbly narrated by Damini Punia.