Who are Gurkhas?
Before the creation of Nepal state, The Kingdom of Gorkha had a powerful military called Gorkhali.
British were so impressed by Gorkha’s in the Anglo-Nepal war of 1814-1816, they integrated them in the British Indian army.
Alongside British Army, they fought wars all over the world.
More than 200,000 Gurkhas fought in World War I and II.
43,000 of them lost their lives in the wars.
Following India’s independence, 6 out of 10 Gurkha regiments joined the Indian Army, and the rest joined the British Army.
At present, there are about 30,000 Gurkhas in 7 Gurkha regiments of the Indian Army.
70% of them are from Nepal.
The Gurkhas legendary weapon is the mighty 18 inches Kukri.
Gurkha regiment has won 26 Victoria Cross so far, UK’s highest military award.
While serving in the Afghan war, the Nepalese men made Prince Harry an honorary Gurkha.
Gurkhas played a significant role in all the wars India has fought.
Gurkha regiments in India received 3 Param Vir Chakras, India’s highest military award, 33 Mahavir Chakras and 84 Vir Chakras.
Bishnu Shrestha, an ex-Gurkha soldier, took on 40 thugs and saved a girl from being gang raped.
The ex-chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag is from the Gurkha rifles.
If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha.
S. H. F.J Manekshaw,
India’s first field marshal.

Who are Gurkhas?

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