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The Gurkhas: 200 Years of Service


18 juin 2015 by NATO

 

For 200 years, the Gurkhas have served with the British Army. Their numbers currently stand at around three and a half thousand.

While the UK has recently hosted ceremonies to mark the anniversary, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles have been in Latvia taking part in Exercise Saber Strike, which involves 6000 military personnel from 13 nations.

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28 mai 2015 by Forces TV

 

Probably the best known, and to their adversaries the most feared, body of fighting men in the British Army, Gurkhas were first recruited to serve the British Crown 200 years ago in 1815 and for all those years their signature weapon has remained the Kukri.

In that time, these young men, from the Nepalese hills, have fought in all the major wars where the British Army has been deployed. Winning an extraordinary number of medals for bravery, the Regiment has also won an extraordinary romantic place in the hearts of British people.

This book, written by Major General J C Lawrence CBE, with a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales and an introduction by Joanna Lumley OBE, is the complete visual history of Britain s Gurkhas and the mystique that surrounds them.

 

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