The U.S. military has its rivalries, but more often than not, those go away once an operation starts. The rivalries in the armed forces of the UK may not transition so smoothly. Royal military police are investigating a recent training exercise that "descended into chaos" where paratroopers and Gurkhas started ripping into each other with "poles, bats, and heavy machine-gun barrels."
An Incident Long Time Coming
The incident stems from a rivalry that started two years ago. That's when the very same group started the same exact fight! Talk about history repeating itself. The paratroopers and Gurkhas went after each other with fire in their hearts and no fear to be found. Exercise Askari Storm features the paras from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment assaulting a fortified position held by the Royal Gurkha Rifles, who are playing the opposing forces.
The exercise Askari Storm takes place in Kenya annually. (Photo by Forces News)
Apparently, the paratroopers had been harassing the Gurkhas for the duration of the eight-week exercise. So when it came for the final showdown, the fighting became more than a training exercise for the men. The paratroopers and Gurkhas let everything loose.
Obviously, this was a bad idea. After all, the unit's motto is "Better to die than be a coward."
The Hollywood-style royal rumble featured more than 100 men. Making things even crazier there were also an unknown number of melee weapons involved in the incident. According to The Sun, the winner of the brawl was unclear.
"I'm not sure who you'd declare the winners, the Gurkhas used surprise well so they may have clinched it," they quoted one witness as saying.
Related: Check out this video of this Gurkhas who reportedly took out A LOT of Taliban - all by himself.