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->''"Traditional rappelling requires holding a rope with both hands. Which is inconvenient if you're being shot at. That's why special forces are trained to rappel in unconventional ways."''
-->-- ''Series/BurnNotice'', "Friendly Fire"

So you have TheSquad, commandos from the BadassArmy, or just some EliteMooks. What's a great way to have them join the action in a dramatic or {{badass}} manner? Why, have them rappel down into the scene from above! [[DramaticShattering Shattering windows or skylights]] on the way is optional (though it may seem obligatory) and adds [[RuleOfCool great effect]].

Named after the real military tactic of fast-roping, making this TruthInTelevision. Although, it can be a case of AwesomeButImpractical considering that the fast-roper is exposed to enemy fire the moment he draws attention. Fast-roping is normally used to insert soldiers in places helicopters cannot land, as opposed to [[TooDumbToLive making a grand entrance in front of a machine gun nest]]. Note that there is a difference between fast-roping and rappelling.

A type of DynamicEntry that invokes DeathFromAbove. It's the faster-paced, tactical-level SisterTrope of ItsRainingMen. Related to SuperWindowJump, which does not require a rope and does require a window or skylight.

Tends to be a case of BigDamnHeroes. See also MissionImpossibleCableDrop when it's done in stealth, not action. GrapplingHookPistol is the (literal) inversion of this trope, when you use the rope to go ''up'' rather than down. Compare BuildingSwing.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Balaclavaed soldiers armed with a bottle of HP sauce crash through the window in front of a startled general at his dinner table because "an [[AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload SOS from HQ said that a VIP with an OBE was tucking into a baked potato with no HP!]]" Everything's better with HP.
* In a Coke Zero ad, a guy drinks one after waking up in bed with a woman and her dad at the door and a squad special forces enter the scene this way.
* The now [[MemeticMutation memetic]] Morning Rescue commercial made popular by ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', where some stressed out office workers are "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rescued]]" by a group of guys in orange jumpsuits who rappel into the office [[FridgeLogic down from the ceiling, apparently]] by handing them bottles of the eponymous drink.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The eponymous girls perform a raid on a terrorist mountain hideout like this in the twelfth episode of ''GunslingerGirl''.
* The [[KaijuDefenseForce Self-Defense Force]] breaks into Rin's office this way in episode 4 of ''{{Mnemosyne}}''.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Onizuka and some of his students play paintball, and two of them decide to drop in via the window.
* Gojo Shiouji in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' swings through the window in his first appearance, [[{{Lolicon}} holding a small girl under his arm]].
* All continuities of ''GhostInTheShell'' use this repeatedly, befitting a series with a strong spec-ops theme. In the 1995 film, Major Kusanagi is in fact ''introduced'' in the act of fast-roping to an assassination target's window; several homages to the scene can be spotted in later media.
* Used by Train Heartnet in his first on-panel encounter with Creed in the Manga version of ''Manga/BlackCat''.
* Used by the Amestrian military in episode 49 of ''[[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood]]'' to get the jump on [[spoiler:Roy and his group]].
* Done by Touma and Gaomon in Episode 8 of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' when raiding a suspect's hideout. True to form, they shattered the windows using Gaomon's punch attack.
* The entire plot of the ''LightNovel/ChuunibyouDemoKoiGaShitai'' anime starts with this, with Rikka and Yuuta's MeetCute started by Rikka's trying to leave her apartment this way. Throughout the anime she enters and leaves Yuuta's room this way as well.
* In ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'' Misaki installs a rope from her window, which she uses to drop into Sorata's room quickly.
* This is how [[spoiler: Youhei and the rest of Sakuragi's friends]] get into the Shohoku gym in SlamDunk, since [[spoiler: the door's locked from the inside to hide how Mitsui and his gang are beating up the basketball club members (because if a sports club gets into a fight, they'll be banned from going to the Nationals... [[KickTheDog which is what Mitsui and Co. want to do in the first place]].]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ODST's performed this tactic during the Battle of Cleveland in the comic ''[[Franchise/{{Halo}} Halo: Uprising]]''.
* In the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, ARC Troopers are shown doing this in one panel of the comic depicting the Battle of Kamino.
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[[folder:Film]]
* A [[NewMeat rookie Ranger]] missing the rope (an RPG was fired at his helicopter and it had to dodge it, shaking things up) and falling to the ground was the first incident in the mess that was the Battle of Mogadishu. Said ranger was played by Creator/OrlandoBloom in ''Film/BlackHawkDown''. In the book the film's based on, there's no RPG and no swerve, he just has a hand/eye coordination moment.
* ''Film/{{Predator}}''. Dutch's rescue team is carried into enemy territory by helicopter. At the landing zone they descend to the ground on lines because there isn't enough room in the jungle for the copters to set down.
* ''Film/ImGonnaGitYouSucka''. John Slade rappels down the side of a building from the roof with the intent of throwing a stick of dynamite through a window. Unfortunately, he misjudges the length of the fuse.
* In ''Film/TheRelic'', commandos enter the Museum of Natural History in this way in order to deal with the monster threat. Possibly a subversion, since it doesn't work out so well for the commandos.
* ''Film/ResidentEvil''. The soldiers do this while entering the mansion (smashing through the windows as they do so). It's in the trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiS6gtClrqk here, at about 0:40]]. Why they decided to go up on the roof first [[FridgeLogic is never explained]], but it was clearly RuleOfCool.
* The opening action scene of ''Film/MinorityReport'' shows the pre crime operatives rappelling down through a man's skylight ''after'' John Anderton has already subdued the suspect.
* Near the end of ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', a number of SWAT officers are seen rappelling down the side of a building. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x77ay9la8BM here, starting at 3:55]].
* Used several times in ''Film/JamesBond'' films, sometimes with gadgets and sometimes improvised but nearly always fast roping.
** Tiger Tanaka's ninjas descend into Blofeld's volcano this way in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''. Played with since the ninjas have special roller apparatus on their belts to get down really fast, but given the crossfire by the SPECTRE goons, multiple ninjas are shot up and dead by the time they reach the floor.
** Xenia in ''Film/GoldenEye'' rappels down from an helicopter.
** In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'' he improvises a rope using the blind in a banker's office.
** ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. During the UnwinnableTrainingSimulation at the beginning Bond uses a rope to swing down from the roof of a building and break in through a window.
* ''StarWars Episode III: RevengeOfTheSith''. Clone troopers come down on ziplines, guns blazing.
** Done much more epically in the novelization in which they do this from extreme altitude as the Star Wars version of an airborne assault.
* Lampshaded in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. While stocking up on weapons/gear Connor and Murphy argue:
-->'''Connor''': Do ya know what we need, man? Some rope.
--> '''Murphy''': Absolutely. What are ya, insane?
-->'''Connor''': No I ain't. Charlie Bronson's always got rope.
-->'''Murphy''': What?
-->'''Connor''': Yeah. He's got a lot of rope strapped around him in the movies, and they always end up using it."
** Then later they accidentally become entwined in the rope, fall through a ceiling vent, hang upside down and shoot all the heavily armed gangsters.
** They do it AGAIN, and do it right, in ''Film/TheBoondockSaintsAllSaintsDay'', this time busting through a skyscraper window and blasting off with [[HandCannon Desert Eagles]] [[GunsAkimbo akimbo]]. And they proceed to have another rope argument just before this.
* Shows up in ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' (yes, really) towards the end. Robin Hood uses a long pennant to do this.
* In ''Film/HudsonHawk'', Kit Kat first appears by sliding down a rope in front of Eddie. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eLc5LB1n9k Starting at 2:15]].
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998''. Bailey rappels down from above to fight Mrs. Peel.
* A couple of the SWAT teams do this in the climax of ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' as they storm the Joker's building. As Batman is trying to stop them, he ends up using their still-attached cables to his advantage.
** Would the awesome instance when Batman pulls Lau out of his office building count as a reversal of this trope?
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' The Ministry Of Information troops crash into Mr. Buttle's living room through the windows on ropes, through the door and through a hole sliced through the roof.
* The Reavers do this during their attack on a small town in ''Film/{{Serenity}}''.
* ''Film/{{Water 1985}}''. The mercenaries do this when mining the cliffs, sending the mineral water gushing into the ocean. Serves as a BookEnd to wannabe communist rebel Delgado's less-then-professional ImprovisedZipline at the start of the movie.
* In ''Film/TheNegotiator'', the police attempt to ambush former hostage negotiator Danny Roman with a pair of fast-roping SWAT members entering through the windows. However, being an ex-cop, Roman is prepared for this and the whole operation backfires when Roman manages to add both SWAT cops to his collection of hostages.
* In ''Film/BattleLosAngeles'', fast roping is used by the Marines twice. The first is to get off of an exposed freeway, and the second is when Nantz discovers the location of the alien command center, but his helicopter can't afford to land. There's also a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when after Nantz reaches the ground, more ropes suddenly drop from the sky as his squadmates loyally follow him on what could realistically be considered a suicide mission.
* In ''Film/UniversalSoldier'', the assault on a team of hostage taking terrorists involves several [[SuperSoldier UniSols]] rappelling down a dam facing ''down''. This is ''not'' RuleOfCool, surprisingly: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_rappel It's a real rappelling technique]] invented by the Australian Army in the 1960s.
* ''Film/TheATeam'': The team does this when trying to capture someone involved with the [[MacGuffin plates]]. We get to see it from the outside; the roper doesn't just smash through the window, his teammate blows it out with a {{BFG}} just before he gets there.
* Spoofed in ''Film/{{Machete}}'' when the title character uses a [[BloodyHilarious mooks' intestines]] to rappel out the window and crash through the window below.
* ''Film/ActOfValor'' features FastRoping used several times to transfer [=SEALs=] from helicopter to boat. In the first instance, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen fast rope out of Chinooks into their boats. ''In mid-flight.''
* Umbrella soldiers in the ActionPrologue of ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'' rappel out of Osprey tilt-rotors onto the deck of the Aurora, looking especially cool as they're wearing {{Badass Longcoat}}s and are led by Jill Valentine firing GunsAkimbo machine-pistols. [[FridgeLogic Which means she doesn't have a hand free to control her descent or release her harness...]]
* In ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'', Ethan has to free-climb up the side of the tallest building in the world to get to its well-secured server room. He uses adhesive gloves which stop working, so to get out of the room he improvises a line and does an Australian rappel down the side...[[OhCrap stopping ten metres short of the window he climbed out of.]]
-->'''Brandt:''' [[CaptainObvious The line's not long enough!]]
-->'''Ethan:''' No shit!
* A bunch of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingons]] do this in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness''. [[CurbStompBattle Unfortunately for them]], they're up against a OneManArmy.
* ''Film/{{Yellowbeard}}''. Near the end of the film Yellowbeard, his son Dan and Lord Lambourn swing through the windows on a British frigate to capture the captain and the ship.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''GauntsGhosts'' novel ''The Guns of Tanith'' has the Ghosts taking part in an airborne assault on a mountain city, deploying from their dropships via rope. It's a shame they're all light infantry, not drop troops...
* Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/RainbowSix'' has the anti-terrorist group that's the focus of the novel, made up of members from the various elite forces for NATO, do this from time to time.
* If you're a White Court Vampire in the ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', you don't need a bunch of lines to rappel from a helicopter. Or ''lines'' at all. While wearing heels. From above trees. [[BigEntrance Jim Butcher knows how to write a good entrance.]]
* ''The Specialist'' by Gayle Rivers. The protagonist is teaching this technique to an Iraqi special forces unit in the 1980's. An Iraqi sergeant takes offense as he'd become the unit champion using an older rappelling system, so after the protagonist demonstrates a SuperWindowJump decides to repeat the trick using the old system. He gets his braking technique wrong and plummets all the way to the ground, breaking several bones.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* This happens a few times on ''Series/BurnNotice''. One time, Michael uses a [[EliteMook special forces trained enemy soldier]] as a counterweight.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** Casey's team fast-ropes into the gift room at Devon and Ellie's wedding to stop a Fulcrum team.
** In the next season it happens again but this time it's Chuck's team. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, he wasn't actually saving Sarah from Shaw. At least not yet.]] She appreciated the tank, though.
* Shows up in the opening for ''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'', as well as a few other points in the show.
** Similarly, this is often how the members of ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' get in and out of their spaceship mecha.
* ''{{Scrubs}}''
-->'''J.D.:''' "This is a case for Miss Busybody Smarty-Pants." ''(Carla promptly rappels through the window)''
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode "The Xindi", a MACO squad abseils in a mine to rescue Captain Archer and the away team. The scene was used in the altered opening credit sequence for "In a Mirror, Darkly."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Jonathan rappels down into Sunnydale High from a skylight, followed by Andrew who loses his grip and crashes into the floor.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': This is how the Paternoster Gang arrive in the base underneath Mancini's in "Deep Breath".
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the Cities of Death expansion for ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', one of the stratagems you can use is rappelling lines, which allows troops to disembark from skimmers directly ontop of buildings.
* ''{{GURPS}}: High-Tech'' has rules not just for rappelling but for using the climbing equipment to ''run'' straight down the side of a building.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Chinook transport helicopter from ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerGenerals'' has this as a special ability, known as "Combat Drop", which allows you to commandeer buildings garrisoned by enemy infantry. Alternatively, you can just use it to drop {{ranger}}s onto the battlefield in a badass way, though it's a lot slower than just landing the helicopter and unloading them the regular way, [[AwesomeButImpractical leaving both parties vulnerable to enemy fire]].
** Landing however exposed the Chinook to enemy groundfire for a short time, meaning that, with no AA around, fastroping could be the better choice. With AA around, you probably don't even want to use the Chinook at all, so it has it's uses.
** In ''[[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRenegade Renegade]]'' it seems to be the standard method for disembarking from Chinooks, be it for the enemies or for Havoc himself in the intro cutscene.
* Reversed? Inverted? Certainly played with in the first ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''. Rather than a roping into a scene, it's a roping out of one. Snake rappels down the side of a communication tower to escape a Hind-D attack helicopter.
** Also shows up in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'', when the Navy SEAL team lands on the Big Shell.
* Played more or less straight in the VideoGame/RainbowSix series, most notably in the two ''Vegas'' games. If there is a window below a ledge, chances are you can rappel down and breach it. In fact, the architects were often nice enough to attach inexplicable "rappel-hooks" above such windows. [[AwesomeButImpractical On the other hand, it's pretty much as useless for entering a firefight as it is in RealLife, which makes its use of the trope less straight.]]
* Done by Lacroix SWAT teams in VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines game.
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' and its expansions, enemy soldiers can be seen doing this once in a while.
** Civil Protection officers indulge in this in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', usually just in time to get run over.
*** Overwatch Soldiers can be seen doing this as well.
* Clone soldiers do it in ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]].''
** So does the player character Point Man, along with a [[RedShirt Delta Force squad]], at the very beginning, right before [[FromBadToWorse the shit hits the fan]].
* ''Rescue: The Embassy Mission'' on the [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] had [[MinigameGame four phases]], of which the third was rappelling from the roof into the windows of the embassy.
* Both campaigns in ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' begin with your character doing this, at the beginning of the missions "Crew Expendable" and "Charlie Don't Surf". Enemies also do it from helicopters throughout the game and in ''Modern Warfare 2'' - the two games have an achievement for, respectively, shooting down a helicopter as enemies are roping out of it and killing a certain number of enemies doing so before they can hit the ground.
** There's also same moment as in MGS example above - Lt. Price and Cpt. [=MacMillan=] use fast-roping to evade a helicopter's [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket attack]]. Although technically speaking, they are rappelling, the level of action justifies its being a fast-rope scene.
** ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' has, in addition to Spetsnaz soldiers still roping out of helicopters, one instance where the player and his squadmates attempt to do this, but are sent crashing through a window when their copter is shot down.
* This is one way stormtroopers can enter a stage in ''[[VideoGame/LEGOAdaptationGame LEGO Star Wars]]''.
* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters: Future Perfect'', there are a couple of moments in the "Breaking and Entering" level in which security guards ambush you by swinging in through skyscraper windows.
* In ''VideoGame/EmpireAtWar'', this is how [[WalkingTank AT-AT's]] deploy Stormtroopers. While it is only possible to have two squads of stormtroopers deployed from an AT-AT at any given time, they can deploy an unlimited number of them to replace fallen squads.
* Used in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' at the beginning of the first mission.
* For only a four/five-story descent, ''VideoGame/{{Battlefield 3}}'' manages to be pretty scary with its first-person Australian rappel.
* ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' and the sequel ''Super C'' start with our OneHitWonder roping out of a helicopter. Due to graphical limitations it looks more like he's jumping 30 feet to the ground when [[ThereWasADoor there was a perfectly good rope to shimmy down.]]
* The ACE mod for ''VideoGame/{{ARMA 2}}'' adds realistic fast roping to the game.
* In VideoGame/{{Xenonauts}}, employed in the form of a [[spoiler:personal teleporter of sorts]] for human troops, once [[spoiler:Valkyrie]] goes into action.
* The SWAT units will frequently rappel down from their helicopters in ''VideoGame/{{Payday 2}}''--and are ridiculously easy to dispatch before they even touch the ground, if you have a clear line of sight and enough ammo.
** Cops do this in the ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' games too. And if you're not focused on the ground cops shooting at you ...
* While not an actual game mechanic in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', a cutscene shows your squad rappelling down into the depths of the alien's underground base in a story mission. While the RuleOfCool was most likely involved at some point, it is justified by the fact that their usual means of deployment, the Skyranger dropship, cannot get that close to the base.
** A few abduction missions also feature fast roping, usually when there isn't any space for the Skyranger to land. Except for [[{{Cyborg}} MECs.]] They don't need the rope.
* The Delta Squad in ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando'' rappels down to somewhere at least twice per chapter: once at the start of their deployment and at some point during it.
* On ''NinjaGaiden'''s Skies of Vengeance stage, MSAT soldiers make their entrance onto the zeppelin this way.
* Sporadically, the player's co-pilot in ''VideoGame/DesertStrike'' will use this method in order to perform a certain task on the ground (e.g. entering a building and freeing an important prisoner).
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' had Wooster using this method to enter and exit the Jaegergenerals' conference with Boris, though as the window's open there's no breaking glass. He does get a little mechanical help slowing his descent on the exit, but 1. this is {{Steampunk}}, after all, and 2. this is entering and exiting an ''[[UpToEleven airship.]]'' It's a long, long way down.
** Later, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120521 Wulfenbach troops]] pursuing a runaway airship downed over Mechanicsburg.4 They even use some sort of rappel brakes. Too bad for them, their commander made a common mistake and drops right on a bunch of Jäger generals and Tarvek. Of course, the local air defenses didn't stop this reckless maneuver even more spectacularly long before city walls only because there was an order to not attack Wulfenbach forces... so far.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' , Elan gets a prestige class that excels at this, to the point that he becomes immune to damage from broken glass.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Done at the end of ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'' by the teachers.
* Done by the Monarch's henchmen in the 'best entrance EVER' scene from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
* Done at the end of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "Immune To All But Justice" by the Safety Patrol.
* The CDA is almost contractually obligated to do this (the window-opened-not-broken variant) in WesternAnimation/MonstersInc whenever a 23-19 is reported. One of the HilariousOuttakes features a CDA agent splatting on a window instead of rappelling through it.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when Mr. Slave tries this, only to pass out on impact and collapse on the floor.
-->'''Mr. Garrison''': Well crap, that didn't work.
* Parodied in the teleporter episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', where instead of doing the "rappel through the window" part of this trope, Perry the Platypus taps on Dr. Doof's window with his feet instead... and then rappels his way through Dr. Doof's face when the latter opens the window to check who was knocking.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Various militaries with air assault troops have been using this technique since its debut in UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar. Specific examples of units that use fast-roping include:
** The US Army's 101st Air Assault Division (sometimes referred to by ordinary soldiers as "dope on a rope").
** The [[SemperFi US Marine Corps]]
** The British Army's 16th Air Assault Brigade
** UsefulNotes/CoastGuard [=MSSTs=] and [=TACLETs=] and other such fun acronyms. Usually law enforcement rather than military.
** The US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment.
** Various American special forces units.
** The page image was created based on the events of the 2010 boarding of the Mavi Marmara by Israeli commandos, where they fast-roped into a mob...with predictable results.
* The SAS' attack during the Iranian Embassy Siege of 1980 was not an example of fast-roping, but was important in the development of the technique. One trooper got tangled in his abseil gear on descent and suffered 60% burns when a fire caused by the detonation of a stun grenade reached him. [[{{Determinator}} He continued with the operation anyway.]] It was in part this specific incident that led to the development of fast-roping, where no abseil gear is used and this kind of tangle can't happen.
* A similar and equally spectacular technique was developed by the Gurkha Rifles, the last remnant of the British Indian Army of colonial days, who dispensed with the rope altogether. In a situation where the Gurkhas had to de-bus from a moving softskin lorry ''very, very, quickly'', let us say if the lorry was under fire and it would be dangerous to stop altogether so as to present a sitting target, the Gurkhas trained themselves in bailing out of a moving truck going up to 30mph and hitting the ground running. Observers have incredulously said it looks bloody dangerous and they are frankly surprised the tough little sods get up and dust themselves down as if nothing out of the ordinary has just happened.
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