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‘Lachhiman Gurung’, The Single-Handed Hero of WW2!

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Heroes are not born, they are made. Hero isn’t about having superpowers or the ability to do something big. Sometimes, heroism comes from the least expected way. Many people become a hero today due to fame, money, and title but some, do it because they really see something else. We have heroes around us almost every day, policemen, firemen, doctors, teachers, navy, army, and even the smallest deeds we do to help people, that is considered heroism.

There are thousands of stories in history and present that show all sorts of heroism, from protecting the country to the community. This story, however, seems to be a little more interesting.

If you must know, Gurkhas’ martial history, training, and dominant warrior spirit mean they’ll do things in a fight that even the most seasoned combat veterans wouldn’t think of. Gurkhas will be outmanned and outgunned in battle. They maintain their positions in the face of overwhelming odds and frequently emerge victoriously.

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One of these tales of Gurkha’s bravery comes from Lachhiman Gurung in Burma, who was caught off guard when Japanese forces opened fire on him and his comrades, hurling grenades into their trench. Two of the grenades were picked up by Gurung and thrown back to the 200 Japanese men waiting in the darkness.

In December 1917, Lachhiman Gurung was born in a tiny hamlet in Nepal. Gurung’s father allegedly sent the young guy out to buy smokes at the village shop one day in 1940, according to legend. The cigarettes were never delivered to him. Gurung ultimately returned five years later, blind in one eye and without his right hand, according to the tale. Gurung allegedly visited a buddy in the area who informed him that he was joining the British army. The British needed to recruit quickly in order to prepare for the impending conflict. Pearl Harbor would be attacked in a year, and the Japanese would make a fast push throughout Asia.

During that time, to join the army, you must be at least five feet tall, and Gurung was just shy of that. He would have been rejected as a candidate under normal circumstances, but surprisingly, with the war in the East looming, the British leadership admitted him into the Gurkha Rifles regiment.

How did he single-handedly fight?

To fight a war is never a playful matter and that too fighting alone. But what was Gurung’s secret?

Gurung and two other guys were assigned to the platoon’s most advanced position on a tiny hill. It was late at night when they were surprised by up to 200 Japanese troops. A grenade was thrown towards Gurung, but he was able to deflect it before it exploded. When another dropped into the ditch, he pushed it back with his foot. Then there was a third. Gurung rushed for it, but the gadget blew up in his face. His comrades suffered serious injuries. Gurung suffered serious injuries in the attack, including bleeding, blindness in one eye, a broken arm, and severed fingers.

Being at this point, many would have given up but not Gurung. With only one good hand, he fired and reloaded the bolt-action rifle. As Gurung screamed, “Come and fight a Gurkha!” wave after wave of Japanese attackers were repulsed. The fight with Gurung lasted another four hours. Gurung’s survival in the midst of the constant battle is unknown. However, his valor in the face of overwhelming odds inspired the remainder of the squad until reinforcements came.

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Gurung not only survived the battle, killed 31 out of 87 Japanese soldiers by himself but in December 1945, Gurung was awarded the Victoria Cross at an Indian ceremony. In the British armed services, it is the highest honor for courage and bravery. Gurung was one of 13 Gurkhas to be honored in this way. Unlike most soldiers who would retire after this great achievement, Gurung , on the other hand, remained in the British army till India overthrew the British yoke in 1947. He joined the Indian Army and served for a brief period before resigning from the service. Then Gurung returned home. He married twice and continued to cultivate his father’s Nepalese property.

So what’s life for Gurung after military service? 

Lachhiman Gurung fought for Gurkha veterans for the remainder of his life. He frequently traveled to the United Kingdom in the support of veteran issues, always proudly displaying his Victoria Cross at public events. Gurung championed the right of Gurkha military veterans and their families to reside in the United Kingdom. Eventually, the effort was successful. Gurung himself relocated to London in 2008, where he remained till his death in 2010 at the age of 93.

A huge story isn’t it. For someone who dedicated his entire life to serving the country. Despite the difficulties he went through, what Gurung portray was courage and loyalty. Take this story today as an inspiration. You don’t have to join the military to become a hero. Even the smallest act you today, can make you a hero!

Sources: All That Is InterestingWe Are The Mighty

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(Video) Meet Frank Fiegel, A True Inspiration For ‘Popeye The Sailorman’

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Frank Fiegel was actually a real-life person from E. C. Segar’s hometown of Chester, Illinois who like J. William Schuchert and also Dora Paskel inspired a Thimble Theatre character. In this case, it’s ‘Popeye The Sailorman’.

Frank Fiegel, nicknamed ‘Rocky’ was a well-known Chester individual. Something of a local legend, he supposedly had an inordinate strength and often participated in fights. Like Popeye, he smoked a pipe and was toothless. He is said to have been kind to children as well. Since the year of 1996, his gravestone bears an engraving of Popeye’s face.

Frank Fiegel was a one-eyed, pipe-smoking brawler who never turned down a fight. Frank Fiegel was more likely to down a few bourbons instead of a can of spinach to get his super fighting prowess, but the rest of his caricature fit the character ‘Popeye The Sailorman’. He had the same jutting chin, built frame, and trademark pipe as his cartoon.

Kids were rather scared of Olive Oyl’s real-world inspiration. Wimpy’s rotund figure was based on Popeye creator E.C. Segar’s old boss at the local theater. When Segar wasn’t lighting lamps, he was sent out to pick up burgers for the owner. Popeye’s real-life inspiration is sometimes attributed to a photo of an old sailor who really does resemble Popeye the Sailor Man, but this is just internet folklore. This is so amazing to know for many people worldwide.

Frank Fiegel was actually a bartender and not any kind of sailor, but he did love the kids around Chester, and they used to love to play pranks on the old barfly. Fiegel would impress them with his feats of strength as well as his telltale corncob pipe, something young Segar would never forget. ‘Popeye’ was an homage to an unforgettable man who lived to know his image was soon in 500 newspapers nationwide, the symbol of sticking up for the little guy.

Sources: YouTube Rare Media, Snopes.

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(Video) See You Space Cowboy, A Stylish Look of ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Netflix’s Teaser

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Netflix is the current go-to platform for a feel-good choice of entertainment. The world’s most popular streaming entertainment service has more than 209 million paid users in more than 190 countries watching TV shows, documentaries, and feature films in a wide range of genres and languages. With that said, a new live-action series is about to jump in soon!

The original “Cowboy Bebop,” which aired from 1998 to 1999 and consisted of 26 episodes, is widely regarded as one of the best anime series of all time and was instrumental in popularizing the genre in the United States. Netflix is hedging its bets that its subscribers will enjoy the streaming service’s new series, despite the fact that live-action adaptations of beloved anime IPs have a shaky track record.

The latest teaser for the show, titled “Cowboy Bebop: The Lost Session,” isn’t actually made up of footage from the show, but it does show off the key trio of Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) in action as they hunt down a bounty, get some noodles and fight through an army of thugs, similar to previous teasers for the show.

It’s a pretty entertaining teaser, shot with energetic, color-coded shifting frames that bounce back and forth between Spike, Jet, and Faye as they fight and brawl. It’s always more difficult to translate anime to live-action, but maybe the actual show will have the same vigor when it premieres on Netflix next month.

Here’s what to anticipate:

1. When Will Netflix’s “Cowboy Bebop” Premiere?

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The premiere date for the live-action “Cowboy Bebop” has been set for November 19. There will be ten episodes in the first season. All episodes of the series will be available at the same time, like with most Netflix releases. The series’ development was first reported in 2017, and Netflix stated in 2018 that it would release the show on its streaming service.

2. Is it a remake of the anime?

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The Netflix program would be an “extension to the canon,” rather than a shot-for-shot recreation of the original series, according to series showrunner André Nemec.

‘Cowboy Bebop’ is an action-packed space Western about three bounty hunters, dubbed ‘cowboys,’ who are all seeking to outrun the past, according to the Netflix synopsis. Spike Spiegel (John Cho), Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), and Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda) create a scrappy, sarcastic team eager to hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals – for the right pay. However, they can only kick and quip their way out of so many scrapes until their pasts catch up with them.”

3. Creator and star of the series 

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André Nemec is the showrunner and executive producer, alongside Midnight Radio’s Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, and Scott Rosenberg; Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; Sunrise Inc.’s Makoto Asanuma, Shin Sasaki, and Masayuki Ozaki; and Tim Coddington, Tetsu Fujimura, Michael Katleman, Matthew Weinberg, and Christopher Yost.

Spike Spiegal will be played by John Cho, Jet Black will be played by Mustafa Shakir, Faye Valentine will be played by Daniella Pineda, Julia will be played by Elena Satine, and Vicious will be played by Alex Hassell.

4. The real star…

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Let me introduce you to Harry. Ein is played by Harry and is a canine. Ein is certainly a wonderful dog, as you can see from this official Netflix press photo. Ein was known as a “data dog” in the original series, which meant that his mind had been altered in a laboratory, granting him heightened intellect, before joining the Bebop crew.

5. Trailer

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Though the official trailer for “Cowboy Bebop” has yet to be released, Netflix did release the series’ opening credits sequence during a recent fan event. The credits incorporate “Tank!,” the series’ classic opening music, and are a throwback to the original anime’s credits. Many of the action scenes in the opening credits of the live-action series are recreations of scenes from the anime.

Sources: Netflix, The Verge, Indie Wire, TV Line

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(Video) Gruesome Incident In Malaysia, The Cold-Blooded ‘Batang Kali Massacre’

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The Batang Kali massacre was actually the killing of 24 unarmed villagers by the cold-blooded British troops of the Scots Guards on the 12th of December 1948 during the Malayan Emergency. The horrendous incident had occurred during counter-insurgency operations against Malay and also Chinese communists in Malaya and the colony of the British Crown. Described ‘Britain’s My Lai’ in Christopher Hale’s Massacre in Malaya that exposed Britain’s My Lai.

Despite several investigations by the British government since the 1950s and a re-examination of the evidence by the Royal Malaysia Police between 1993 and 1997, no charges were brought against any of the alleged perpetrators. The British troops rounded up the civilians at Sungai Rimoh near Batang Kali. The men were separated from the women and children for interrogation. A total of 24 unarmed men from the village were killed by automatic weapons fire.

After World War II, the British returned to Malaya to recover control from Japanese military forces. During the war, the British government had supported the guerrillas who continued to fight against the Japanese forces. However, in August 1945, many resistance units did not completely disband. The groups instead became the foundation for the independence movement against British rule in Malaya. Some guerrillas turned from agitation to communism and began targeting British commercial interests in the colony by attacking rubber plantations and tin mines.

Escalating violence and the assassinations of several prominent British landowners led colonial authorities in Malaya to declare an “Emergency”. That gave the Royal Malaysia Police and government greater powers and flexibility in combating the insurgents. Although the British had extensive experience in jungle warfare, most recently in the Burma Campaign during World War II, military leaders had not formalized their experience into a specific jungle warfare curriculum.

Michael Gilbert, a member of the Suffolk Regiment, said that his training “Was teaching you how to march, how to handle a rifle, and how to behave in a soldierly manner”. Raymond Burdett, another member of the Suffolk Regiment, reflected on his experience and said that the trainers sought “to get us to follow instructions, not to question commands”. Basic training for the troops focused on infantry skills, not their ability to judge the appropriateness of orders in the context of international law.

Sources: YouTube YXC Productions, The Guardian.

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