Gurkha 200 Years..Looking Back

Such is the reputation of Gurkhas—the fearless, fierce soldiers from Nepal—that even the gritty Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, one of India’s greatest military commander, was an avowed admirer: “If a soldier says he is not afraid of death, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha.”

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Public Duties at Buckingham Palace December 1987 - Lt (QGO) Amarbahadur Gurung with his Brigade of Guards counterpart

Public Duties at Buckingham Palace December 1987 - Lt (QGO) Amarbahadur Gurung with his Brigade of Guards counterpart

HRH The Prince of Wales's visit to Brunei in February 1984

HRH The Prince of Wales's visit to Brunei in February 1984

Captain E. Gopsill of the 7th Gurkha Rifles gives final instructions to the platoon leaders before taking them into the jungle near Kuala Lumpur for insurgents sweep on July 10, 1948.(AP Photo)

Captain E. Gopsill of the 7th Gurkha Rifles gives final instructions to the platoon leaders before taking them into the jungle near Kuala Lumpur for insurgents sweep on July 10, 1948.(AP Photo)

Gurkhas take to jungle warfare in Malaya on Dec. 17, 1941 and show extraordinary skill in concealment and surprise attack.(AP Photo)

Gurkhas take to jungle warfare in Malaya on Dec. 17, 1941 and show extraordinary skill in concealment and surprise attack.(AP Photo)

Gurkhas take to jungle warfare in Malaya on Dec. 17, 1941 and show extraordinary skill in concealment and surprise attack.(AP Photo)

Gurkhas take to jungle warfare in Malaya on Dec. 17, 1941 and show extraordinary skill in concealment and surprise attack.(AP Photo)

British soldiers from Royal Gurkha Regiment return to their base from a routine exercise near Brazzaville airport on May 9, 1997.(Reuters)

British soldiers from Royal Gurkha Regiment return to their base from a routine exercise near Brazzaville airport on May 9, 1997.(Reuters)

A Gurkha from the 1st battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, part of five air-bourne brigades in the area, sharpens his <em>khukri</em> in June 1999.(Reuters)

A Gurkha from the 1st battalion, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, part of five air-bourne brigades in the area, sharpens his <em>khukri</em> in June 1999.(Reuters)

A member of the 67 Gurkha Independent Field Squadron puts the finishing touches to the uniform of a fellow squadron member prior to the unit’s disbandment parade in Hong Kong on Sep. 6, 1996.(Reuters)

A member of the 67 Gurkha Independent Field Squadron puts the finishing touches to the uniform of a fellow squadron member prior to the unit’s disbandment parade in Hong Kong on Sep. 6, 1996.(Reuters)

Last recruit Gurkha soldiers surrounding Prince Charles take off their hats during a gathering at Hong Kong’s Sek Kong airforce base on November 8, 1994, as part of the last passing-out parade in the British colony.(Reuters)

Last recruit Gurkha soldiers surrounding Prince Charles take off their hats during a gathering at Hong Kong’s Sek Kong airforce base on November 8, 1994, as part of the last passing-out parade in the British colony.(Reuters)

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