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Better to die than be a coward: The Gurkha Brigade

For over 200 years now, individuals from Nepal have been recruited into the British Army. The Gurkhas have supported operations worldwide with a range of skills ever since.

Here is everything you need to know 👇

The Gurkhas are soldiers from Nepal who have been recruited into the British Army.

A soldier from 2 Royal Gurkha Regiment during Exercise Pacific Kukri in Brunei.

The Gurkhas’ mission

“To serve as an integral part of the British Army whilst retaining its Nepalese identity and culture, and adhering to the terms and conditions of Gurkha service”.

A member of the Royal Gurkha Regiment guarding the Cenotaph during the Armistice Day Event at the Cenotaph.

Modern-day Gurkhas

Today the Brigade of Gurkhas remain an important part of the British Army. Providing well-trained and adaptable units, who are deployable across a range of operations and environments.

For the last 200 years, the Gurkhas have served the British Crown in more than 30 major conflicts. This commitment remains to date.

There are currently Gurkhas deployed worldwide on operations and exercises, from operations in Afghanistan to Short Term Training Teams (STTT) in Kenya.

Pictured are soldiers from 2 Royal Gurkha Regiment leading a STTT (Short Term Training Team) mission at the Kenyan School of Infantry, Isiolo, Kenya.

Doko race

There are many unique aspects of the Gurkhas, but one that stands them apart is the doko race.

The doko race is the final test in the Gurkha selection process, which involves running up a mountain in the Himalayan foothills with 25kg of sand in a basket.

The basket is strapped around the forehead and the potential recruits must run with it for 5km uphill.

History of the Brigade 🇳🇵

The history of the Brigade from its inception during the early wars between the Honourable East India Company and the city-state of Gorkha, through the early Afghan wars, the two World Wars, the almost continuous post-war conflicts to modern-day Afghanistan.

A member of The Royal Gurkha Regiment during a patrol in Afghanistan.

The Gurkhas knife 🗡

The Gurkhas are famed for carrying a kukri knife — the national weapon of Nepal. The kukri is a 18inch curved knife.

Gurkhas during their traditional kukri dance.

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