Not for Indian Army Anymore?
World War 2 Also known as the second Persian Gulf War, the Iraq war — saw the regular deployment of the British Gurkha regiment in the front line. The Gurkha heritage has seen extensive operational experience which gave them added advantages in dealing with insurgent on the streets of Baghdad and other major cities.
In fact the very legend that comes along with the name of Gurkhas was enough to give an enormous boost to the already deployed teams. It also helped that the Gurkhas are built to adapt to the toughest of terrains in no time, making it easier for them to get in the thick of the action without any delay.
A series of bad decisions and economic strategies had left the Malaysians fuming and desperate because of low income and increased taxes. Coincidentally, the British already had an entire brigade of Gurkha stationed in Malaya at that time.
So they were immediately deployed to curb the emergency situation caused by MNLA insurgents. During the emergency, the Gurkhas were actively involved in jungle warfare against the troops of the Malaysian Liberation Army who were already well used in the local forests.
Since then, they have proved to be immensely skillful in thwarting off repeated attacks from Taliban insurgents. Given the cultural similarity between the Afghans and the Gurkhas who hail from Nepal, it has been far easier for them to establish a connection with the locals.
But it needs no reminding that Helmand is one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan, rife with insurgent activities. Right before Gurkha involvement, 11 British soldiers had died while attempting to secure a corridor from the Taliban. But soon, the Gurkhas showed why they are the best at what they do when at least 30 Taliban militants tried to storm into a Gurkha outpost on the edge of Helmand.
On that cold September night ofActing Sergeant Dip Prasad Pun defeated all attempts from Taliban and held his position for about a quarter of an hour amid all the nerve wrecking action.
Britain wasted no time and immediately moved two Gurkha Rifle companies that were on standby in Singapore in the conflicted areas.
Once the Gurkha troops landed late in the evening on the same day, they instantly commenced their advances into the Brunei Town present day capital of Brunei, now known as Bandar Seri Begawan. The Gurkhas carried out a series of tactical offenses which saw the rapid withdrawal of the enemy and incurred only six casualties.
Though they faced a fierce resistance as they moved towards Serai, the Gurkhas along with additional reinforcements were able to completely quell the uprising within 9 days of its initiation.
Kosovo Insurgency The Kosovo Insurgency started in when the conflict between Serbians and Albanians based in Kosovo took a more violent turn. So, when the international society decided to intervene, Britain decided to send their front line warriors hailing from Nepal to spearhead the international alliance in Kosovo.
In fact, the rebel fighters were so intimidated by the well planned attack from the Gurkhas that they surrendered without any resistance. War on Terrorism Given their skills and efficiency in successfully completing missions in the roughest terrain and environment, the Gurkha troops have been actively involved in the war against terrorism.
They have been operating in some of the most dangerous terrorist outskirts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since their first deployment in these volatile regions, they have stood through a number of fierce battles, guarded their stations, and secured their missions with a notably high success rate.
In fact, on more than a couple of occasions, the Gurkhas have made it to the headlines for their extraordinary heroes in battles against the insurgents.
Sergeant Dip Prasad Pun, who emptied his entire ammunition stack while holding up an entire group of Taliban insurgents. Another Gurkha made a headline when he had to behead a dead Taliban leader to give proof to his controllers of his death amid heavy fire from the enemy.
Then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was quick to deploy the task force to reclaim the islands.
A part of this task force consisted of a Gurkha regiment — an involvement that was reportedly cheered by other troops while they were going on board. The Argentinean troops were able to put up a fierce fight against the British in the day long conflict. But, the Gurkhas barely had to fire a single round because the legend that surrounds them outdid their battle skills by a mile.The Anglo-Nepalese War (–16), also known as the Gurkha War, was fought between the Kingdom of Gorkha (present-day Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal) and the East India Company as a result of border disputes and ambitious expansionism of both the belligerent parties.
After the British were defeated in battle by the Gurkhas in , the first chance came in during the first Sino-Nepalese War of The Nepalese initially invaded Tibet, but when the Chinese Emperor’s army arrived at Betrawati River near Nuwakot, Nepal Durbar sought help from the British and the first treaty of was signed.
During World War I and World War II the number of Nepalese military volunteers increased to more than , and additional units were formed.
In the Gurkha Brigade was disbanded and since then various Gurkha units have served with the British army, the Indian army, the Nepal army, and the United Nations peacekeeping forces. A group of men from the 4th Section that faced the Nepalese regiments in Tumbledown. Forty troops faced more than Nepalese, Welsh and Scotts attacking their position.
The second combined attack of Nepalese, Welsh and Scotts was right before dawn. His forty men unit put up an incredible resistance but had to surrender after depleting ammo.
During the First World War (–18), more than 90, Gurkhas served in the Indian Army, suffering approximately 20, casualties, and receiving almost 2, gallantry awards. Gurkhas fought on the Western Front, Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia and on the North West Frontier.
During the entire duration of the second Great War, over 23, Gurkhas lost their lives or went missing in action. More than 2, Gurkhas were also awarded for their ultimate bravery on the battlefield.