History UsefulNotes / NepaliWithNastyKnives

10th Jun '16 1:41:02 PM Doug86
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The Gurkhas are from Nepal, a country in the [[TheShangriLa Himalayas]] with [[HadToBeSharp one of the toughest climates in the world.]] They are unique in that their chief fame comes from their service as HiredGuns rather than for their own country. They came to English attention in a war between the [[MegaCorp East India Company]] and the King of Nepal. As part of the peace treaty the Company demanded permission to recruit from Nepali for, in a fashion reminiscent of JohnWayne, the Company had liked the Gurkhas so much as [[WorthyOpponent enemies]] that they couldn't wait to have them as allies. The Gurkhas were recruited mostly from the Mager, Gurang, Limbu, and Rai tribes. Other tribes have occasionally joined, especially when manpower is desperately needed like in WorldWarII. Curiously, the Sherpas, which are the most famous tribe in the area, have not been well represented: perhaps it's enough work getting rich [[GloryHound glory hounds]] up Mount Everest. Another interesting curiosity is that only one regiment (9th Gurkha rifles) of Gurkhas is made up of the Kshatriya (warrior) caste. Most are Vaisha's (peasants), though such things were apparently not taken as seriously in the mountains as they have sometimes been in the valley.

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The Gurkhas are from Nepal, a country in the [[TheShangriLa Himalayas]] with [[HadToBeSharp one of the toughest climates in the world.]] They are unique in that their chief fame comes from their service as HiredGuns rather than for their own country. They came to English attention in a war between the [[MegaCorp East India Company]] and the King of Nepal. As part of the peace treaty the Company demanded permission to recruit from Nepali for, in a fashion reminiscent of JohnWayne, the Company had liked the Gurkhas so much as [[WorthyOpponent enemies]] that they couldn't wait to have them as allies. The Gurkhas were recruited mostly from the Mager, Gurang, Limbu, and Rai tribes. Other tribes have occasionally joined, especially when manpower is desperately needed like in WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Curiously, the Sherpas, which are the most famous tribe in the area, have not been well represented: perhaps it's enough work getting rich [[GloryHound glory hounds]] up Mount Everest. Another interesting curiosity is that only one regiment (9th Gurkha rifles) of Gurkhas is made up of the Kshatriya (warrior) caste. Most are Vaisha's (peasants), though such things were apparently not taken as seriously in the mountains as they have sometimes been in the valley.



** The tale is told of a Gurkha sentry posted along the Suez Canal during WorldWarOne and told to let no one pass. When a British battleship came chugging up the canal, the sentry followed his orders to the letter; he aimed his rifle at the officer on the bridge and ordered him to halt the ship. Yes, that's right, a [[{{Badass}} Gurkha sentry]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped a battleship with a bolt-action rifle.]]

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** The tale is told of a Gurkha sentry posted along the Suez Canal during WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and told to let no one pass. When a British battleship came chugging up the canal, the sentry followed his orders to the letter; he aimed his rifle at the officer on the bridge and ordered him to halt the ship. Yes, that's right, a [[{{Badass}} Gurkha sentry]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped a battleship with a bolt-action rifle.]]



* OneManArmy: In WorldWarII the Gurkha soldier, Lachhiman Gurung, ranked up a bodycount of 31 Japanese soldiers in one battle, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts. In the Afghanistan war against the Taliban, another Gurkha soldier single-handedly killed 30 Taliban warriors. The British command's commented the latter instance that "anyone who think they can take down one Gurkha with only 30 men are foolish."

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* OneManArmy: In WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Gurkha soldier, Lachhiman Gurung, ranked up a bodycount of 31 Japanese soldiers in one battle, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his efforts. In the Afghanistan war against the Taliban, another Gurkha soldier single-handedly killed 30 Taliban warriors. The British command's commented the latter instance that "anyone who think they can take down one Gurkha with only 30 men are foolish."
27th Apr '16 4:01:43 AM alchixinren
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* UndyingLoyalty: Gurkhas are ''unshakably'' loyal to the United Kingdom, despite the British Empire's less than stellar reputation among its former colonies.
31st Dec '15 10:40:40 PM bombadil211
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Subverted notably. Gurkha non-coms are tough but not tyrannical and prefer to act as [[AFatherToHisMen a big-brother to their men]].

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* DrillSergeantNasty: Subverted notably. Officers who've commanded Gurkha units universally say that recruits have to be extremely tough and disciplined to simply be selected for basic training and, as a result, don't need to be yelled at. If anything, yelling in anger at a Gurkha is regarded as counterproductive. As a result, Gurkha non-coms are tough but not tyrannical and prefer to act as [[AFatherToHisMen a big-brother to their men]].
19th Dec '15 12:20:36 PM MarkLungo
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* IndiansWithIglas
** KiplingsFinest

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* IndiansWithIglas
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* NightmareFuel: A tactic of the Gurkhas during WorldWarII was to sneak into German encampments, kill all the men in their sleep except for one, and then leave him alive to tell his superiors about it (one writer credited that to the Goums, a similar group in French service. Another account holds that the Maoris, in New Zealand service, did something similar.).

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* NightmareFuel: A tactic of the Gurkhas during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was to sneak into German encampments, kill all the men in their sleep except for one, and then leave him alive to tell his superiors about it (one writer credited that to the Goums, a similar group in French service. Another account holds that the Maoris, in New Zealand UsefulNotes/NewZealand service, did something similar.).



* WorkingForABodyUpgrade: One of the incentives for Gurkhas to join the British army is the vaccinations against lethal diseases we in the West take for granted; smallpox, mumps, measles, diphteria, tetanus, polio, etc. Most grow several inches in height during the early phases of training because of the improved nutrition provided by the British.

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* WorkingForABodyUpgrade: One of the incentives for Gurkhas to join the British army is the vaccinations against lethal diseases we in the West take for granted; smallpox, mumps, measles, diphteria, tetanus, polio, etc. Most grow several inches in height during the early phases of training because of the improved nutrition provided by the British.British.
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1st Nov '15 6:57:12 PM nombretomado
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After independence the Gurkha regiments were [[DontSplitUsUp divided]] between the British and the new Indian army (really the army of TheRaj changing employers), by election of the soldiers as agreed in the treaty. Some continued in British service and others served the Indian government. They proved valuable in the little wars of [[VestigialEmpire colonial devolution]] and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, as well as the wars on the Indian border with Pakistan and China. They continue to serve to the present day. Following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008, however, Nepalese government announced that continued service of Nepalese citizens in other countries' military will be curtailed in the future, putting in doubt the prospects for continued existence of British and, to a lesser extent, Indian Gurkha troops (some Indian Gurkha troops are recruited from India's own Nepalese minority).

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After independence the Gurkha regiments were [[DontSplitUsUp divided]] between the British and the new Indian army (really the army of TheRaj UsefulNotes/TheRaj changing employers), by election of the soldiers as agreed in the treaty. Some continued in British service and others served the Indian government. They proved valuable in the little wars of [[VestigialEmpire colonial devolution]] and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, as well as the wars on the Indian border with Pakistan and China. They continue to serve to the present day. Following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008, however, Nepalese government announced that continued service of Nepalese citizens in other countries' military will be curtailed in the future, putting in doubt the prospects for continued existence of British and, to a lesser extent, Indian Gurkha troops (some Indian Gurkha troops are recruited from India's own Nepalese minority).



* TheRaj
14th Jul '15 11:04:00 PM bombadil211
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* WorkingForABodyUpgrade: One of the incentives for Gurkhas to join the British army is the vaccinations against lethal diseases we in the West take for granted; smallpox, mumps, measles, diphteria, tetanus, polio, etc.

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* WorkingForABodyUpgrade: One of the incentives for Gurkhas to join the British army is the vaccinations against lethal diseases we in the West take for granted; smallpox, mumps, measles, diphteria, tetanus, polio, etc. Most grow several inches in height during the early phases of training because of the improved nutrition provided by the British.
19th Apr '15 10:56:29 PM nombretomado
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After independence the Gurkha regiments were [[DontSplitUsUp divided]] between the British and the new Indian army (really the army of TheRaj changing employers), by election of the soldiers as agreed in the treaty. Some continued in British service and others served the Indian government. They proved valuable in the little wars of [[VestigialEmpire colonial devolution]] and the ColdWar, as well as the wars on the Indian border with Pakistan and China. They continue to serve to the present day. Following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008, however, Nepalese government announced that continued service of Nepalese citizens in other countries' military will be curtailed in the future, putting in doubt the prospects for continued existence of British and, to a lesser extent, Indian Gurkha troops (some Indian Gurkha troops are recruited from India's own Nepalese minority).

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After independence the Gurkha regiments were [[DontSplitUsUp divided]] between the British and the new Indian army (really the army of TheRaj changing employers), by election of the soldiers as agreed in the treaty. Some continued in British service and others served the Indian government. They proved valuable in the little wars of [[VestigialEmpire colonial devolution]] and the ColdWar, UsefulNotes/ColdWar, as well as the wars on the Indian border with Pakistan and China. They continue to serve to the present day. Following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008, however, Nepalese government announced that continued service of Nepalese citizens in other countries' military will be curtailed in the future, putting in doubt the prospects for continued existence of British and, to a lesser extent, Indian Gurkha troops (some Indian Gurkha troops are recruited from India's own Nepalese minority).
17th Dec '14 8:16:21 PM MitchellTF
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** Link to the former guy: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/gurung.html
17th Dec '14 8:08:44 PM MitchellTF
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** [[http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110602/wl_uk_afp/britainmilitaryafghanistannepalaward With good reason]].

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** [[http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110602/wl_uk_afp/britainmilitaryafghanistannepalaward [[http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/533-159.aspx#startofcomments With good reason]].
24th Sep '14 11:03:12 AM REV6Pilot
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Gurkhas are famous for their friendliness.
** Those who had the honour to serve with them can vouch for that.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Gurkhas are famous for their friendliness.
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friendliness. Those who had the honour to serve with them can vouch for that.



* BritsWithBattleships

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* BritsWithBattleshipsBritsWithBattleships: By proxy.
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