As the use of paratroops was increasing during the Malaya confrontation in the 1950’s, a British colonel asked the leader of a platoon of Gurkha if they would be prepared to jump from a C130.
Somewhat to the colonel’s surprise, the Gurkha sergeant requested a day to talk it over with his men.
The next day, the Gurkha duly reported that they would do it, but only over marshy ground with the aicraft flying at no more than 100ft.
'But at a hundred feet the parachutes wouldn't work,' the colonel explained.
The Gurkha replied, ‘Parachutes? No-one mentioned parachutes!’
"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."