Sgt. Pun is only
a third-generation Gurkha. His ancestors in the service have been inspiring fear in the Afghans for much longer than that. Usually then, as now, with the aid of the khookree.
A TYPE OF THE MOST DETERMINED FIGHTERS ON THE INDIAN FRONTIER: A GURKHA SHARPENING HIS KHOOKREE.
The most dogged fighters of the Indian Army are the little Gurkhas, the Fifth Regiment of which corps is with General Willcocks in the expedition against the Zakka Khels. In addition to the usual arms the Gurkhas carry a peculiar broad-bladed dirk, called the khookree, of which they make terrible use at close quarters. Not only in appearance but in their determined methods of warfare, the Gurkhas are not unlike the Japanese. Kipling has immortalized "Johnny Gurkha."
- The Illustrated London News
, Saturday, February 22, 1908.