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May 21, 2020

Gurkha Soldiers and the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864-65

Similar to Nepal in many respects, the state of Bhutan was the site of a brief but intense war which involved several Gurkha units in 1864 […]
May 13, 2020

6th and 7th Gurkha Rifles – The Beginnings

At its largest extent in the early 1920’s the Gurkha contingent in the British Indian Army stood at 11 regiments, alongside numerous military police battalions in […]
May 13, 2020

Gurkhas and the Empire Gallantry Medal and George Cross

Gurkhas and the Empire Gallantry Medal and George Cross – Naik Nandlal Thapa and Lance Naik Chitrabahadur Gurung. Over the course of its history 26 Victoria […]
May 6, 2020

The 43rd Gurkha Lorried Brigade and the Capture of Padua, April-May 1945

Having been formed in 1943 and fought continuously in the vanguard of the Allied Italian advance since the breaking of the Gothic Line in late 1944, […]
May 6, 2020

Gurkha VCs of the Second World War Italy Campaign

Rifleman Sherbahadur Thapa V.C. Born in Ghalechap in the Tanhu District of Nepal in 1921, Sherbahadur Thapa enlisted with 9th Gurkha Rifles in November 1942 and […]
April 30, 2020

The Arakan Campaign, Burma – 1942–43

8th Gurkhas and XV Corps in the Arakan, 1943-1945.  For much of 1943-1945 units of the 8th Gurkhas saw action in the Arakan region of southern Burma. […]
April 29, 2020

Airborne Gurkhas and Operation Dracula – May 1st 1945

Towards the end of November 1942 3/7th Gurkha Rifles was identified for reforming as a Parachute Battalion. By June 1943, 373 men together with 27 Gurkha […]
April 21, 2020

Gurkhas in the North African and Italian Campaigns

Gurkhas fought in North Africa and Italy continuously between Mid-1941 and the end of the war in 1945, as part of the British Indian Army, and […]
March 4, 2020

Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung and Tamandu Day

Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung was born in September 1921 in Phalpu in the Gorkha District of Nepal and joined with the 3rd Battalion of the 2nd King […]
March 3, 2020

THE TREATY OF SEGAULI – A TREATY OF “PERPETUAL PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP”

After Nepal was unified into a modern state in the 1760’s and 70’s by the King of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan Shah, many of the country’s politicians […]
February 20, 2020

The First Gurkha Victoria Cross – Rifleman Kulbir Thapa, 3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles, 25th/26th September 1915

Prior to the First World War the deployment of Indian Army troops far from India had usually been mooted. Gurkha soldiers had previously served outside of […]
February 20, 2020

Indefatigable through the Western Front – 1/9GR and Mehar Singh Khatri

With the outbreak of the First World War in Europe British Army rapidly found itself in need of immediate reinforcement. Units of the Indian Army were […]
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