Lone fighter took out 30 Taliban using every weapon within reach

Dec 27 , 2021

Lone fighter took out 30 Taliban using every weapon within reach

To say that Gurkhas are simply soldiers from Nepal would be a massive, massive understatement. If there’s a single reason no one goes to war with Nepal, it is because of the Gurkhas’ reputation. They are elite, fearless warriors who serve in not only the Nepalese Army but also in the British and Indian armies as well, a tradition since the end of the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1816. They are known for their exceptional bravery, ability, and heroism in the face of insurmountable odds. Faithful to their traditions, one Gurkha in Afghanistan, Dipprasad Pun, singlehandedly held his post against more than 30 Taliban fighters.

It was a September evening in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. It was 2010, and Sergeant Dipprasad Pun of the Royal Gurkha Rifles was on duty at a two-story outpost. He heard some noises and found two insurgents attempting to lay an IED in a nearby road. He realized he was surrounded. The night sky filled up with bullets and RPG fire.Taliban fighters sprang into a well-planned assault on Pun’s outpost.


Pun responded by pulling his machine gun off its tripod and handholding it as he returned fire toward the oncoming fighters. He went through every round he had available before tossing 17 grenades at the attackers. When he was out of grenades, he picked up his SA80 service rifle and started using that. He even threw a land mine at the enemy.



That day a lone Gurkha took out 30 Taliban using every weapon within reach

As Pun defended his position, one Taliban fighter climbed the side of the tower adjacent to the guard house, hopped on to the roof and rushed him. Pun turned to take the fighter out, but his weapon misfired. Pun grabbed the tripod of his machine gun and tossed it at the Taliban’s face, which knocked the enemy fighter off of the roof of the building.

Pun continued to fight off the assault until reinforcements arrived. When it was all said and done, 30 Taliban lay dead.

He was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.


That day a lone Gurkha took out 30 Taliban using every weapon within reach
“At that time I wasn’t worried, there wasn’t any choice but to fight. The Taliban were all around the checkpoint, I was alone,” he told the crowd gathered at the ceremony. “I had so many of them around me that I thought I was definitely going to die so I thought I’d kill as many of them as I could before they killed me.”


In all, he fired off 250 machine gun rounds, 180 SA80 rounds, threw six phosphorous grenades and six normal grenades, and one Claymore mine.

Pun comes from a long line of Gurkhas. His father served in the Gurkha Rifles, as did his grandfather, who received the Victoria Cross for an action in the World War II Burma theater.

That day a lone Gurkha took out 30 Taliban using every weapon within reach


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13 Comments

  • 27 Dec 2021 Chick

    There is an abnormal amount of inconsistencies. 12 vs 17 grenades. Number of rounds fired. And, number of KIA. Maybe a better journalist can give us the real story.

  • 27 Dec 2021 Ann or Richard Bottari

    did he dispatch any with his kukri knife.?

  • 27 Dec 2021 Thomas Townsend

    If even half of this story is true, this Man, Warrior is a stone cold badass.
    Only wish we had the Gurkha’s with us in Vietnam.
    What a fine example of “never retreat”!

    Safe travels.

  • 27 Dec 2021 Robert McDonald

    true valor gives no quarter,knows no limits!

  • 27 Dec 2021 DENNIS

    Rsm——- YOU MUST BE FRESH OUT OF COLLEGE OR SAW ONE ONE TIME FROM CALIF, OR COLO, MINN, WISC, OREGON, WASH, AND A FEW OTHERS STATES THAT AREN’T AFRAID OF STATUES AND BURNING DOWN CITIES! BUT :
    THAT MAN HAD RESPECT FOR HIS COUNTRY AND PROVED IT! TOO MANY OF OUR YOUNG MEN ARE CANDY ASSES THAT LET OTHER BRAVE MEN GO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY AND WAIT FOR ANOTHER FREE CHECK FROM BIDEN!



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