Gifted to the Museum by 7th Gurkha Rifles Regimental Association
Ganju Lama first joined the 1st Battalion of the 7th Gurkha riles in 1943 near the town of Imphal in Burma and served with distinction, being awarded the Military Medal for actions in May 1944. By June of that year the Japanese 14th Army, whose assault against Imphal and Kohima had been blunted by the stubborn defence of the British and Allied defenders, were being forced back away from the area. In an attempt to reverse this trend, a major Japanese attack was launched on the 12th of June, supported by tanks, against 2nd/5th Royal Gurkha Rifles (stationed in the same areas as 1st/7thGR). 1/7GR immediately launched a counterattack which drove back the Japanese forces. Ganju Lama single-handedly used a PIAT (Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank) launcher to destroy two Japanese tanks and their crews, despite being seriously injured himself. The Painting depicts this action, with Ganju Lama using grenades against the crews of the Japanese tanks.
Following the latest Government guidance regarding COVID-19 and careful consideration of the current situation, The Gurkha Museum has decided to close its doors to the public in the interest of visitor and staff safety, effective immediately.
The Museum will remain closed until further notice but will continue to operate behind the scenes with reduced staff on call to answer queries during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue updates through our website and social media channels as soon as we become aware of further changes to our operations.
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