History UsefulNotes / NepaliWithNastyKnives

10th Mar '17 3:09:15 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* BashBrothers[=/=]HeterosexualLifePartners: Gurkhas and Scottish Highland regiments have had a traditional friendship. After an earthquake in Nepal, Scots raised the relief money. It's worth noting that the Royal Gurkha Rifles are the only non-Scottish line infantry regiment in the British Army to have regimental pipes and drums. It's also worth noting that both Gurkhas and Scots bear at least some resemblance to archetypal fantasy [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarves]].



* HeterosexualLifePartners: Gurkhas and Scottish Highland regiments have had a traditional friendship. Once when there was an earthquake in Nepal it was the Scots who raised the money for the relief. It's also worth noting that the Royal Gurkha Rifles are the only non-Scottish line infantry regiment in the British Army to have regimental pipes and drums.



* NightmareFuel: A tactic of the Gurkhas during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was to sneak into German encampments, [[SlainInTheirSleep 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 UsefulNotes/NewZealand service, did something similar.).

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



** The Taliban--and Pashtuns in general--absolutely ''hate'' Gurkhas, who did very well out of the Raj while the Pashtuns did not. To this day Gurkas have a very short life expectancy if captured by troops of the Frontier Force, Pakistan's Pashtun regiment. It's not ''entirely'' without precedent among Pashtuns:

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** The Taliban--and Pashtuns in general--absolutely ''hate'' Gurkhas, who did very well out of the Raj while the Pashtuns did not. To this day Gurkas Gurkhas have a very short life expectancy if captured by troops of the Frontier Force, Pakistan's Pashtun regiment. It's not ''entirely'' without precedent among Pashtuns:



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22nd Jan '17 1:56:34 AM bombadil211
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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 Creator/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 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.

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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 Creator/JohnWayne, the Company had liked the Gurkhas so much as [[WorthyOpponent enemies]] that they couldn't wait to have them as allies.allies[[note]]The Gurkhas were so well-regarded as warriors that the British gave them the honor of being addressed as "rifleman" rather than the local rank of "sepoy", indicating that the British considered the Gurkhas peers on the battlefield[[/note]]. 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 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.



Gurkhas until the 2000s have seldom been officers and usually served in units with white officers. This was partly because of prejudice held by the British that Gurkhas were fine soldiers, but too ineducable to make good officers. Another reason was that the original Indian army was at least partly, and often in a very large part, a constabulary to prevent revolt and therefore the upper caste had to pull the strings. Despite that, relations have usually been fairly good between British and Gurkhas, arguably better than the British deserved. Perhaps it's simply that all soldiers live in a caste system while they serve and for the Gurkhas it more or less ended when they went home as far as British were concerned. And maybe British were nicer then their FeudalOverlord back home. Also the quality of leadership may have been better; British officers in Gurkha regiments were specially picked. In any case that has changed of late and there have been a number of Gurkha officers.

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Gurkhas until the 2000s have seldom been officers and usually served in units with white officers. This was partly because of prejudice held by the British that Gurkhas were fine soldiers, but too ineducable to make good officers. Another reason was that the original Indian army was at least partly, and often in a very large part, a constabulary to prevent revolt and therefore the upper caste had to pull the strings. Despite that, relations have usually been fairly good between British and Gurkhas, arguably better than the British deserved. Perhaps it's simply that all soldiers live in a caste system while they serve and for the Gurkhas it more or less ended when they went home as far as British were concerned. And maybe British were nicer then their FeudalOverlord back home. Also the quality of leadership may have been better; British officers in Gurkha regiments were specially picked. In any case that has changed of late and there have been a number of Gurkha officers.
officers, with several rising up through the ranks to command battalions although none have yet achieved regimental command.



* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The British had a nightmare of a time supplying local troops in the Indian sub-continent because Hindus refused to use rounds packed in beef tallow while Muslims refused to use rounds packed in pig lard. The Gurkhas cheerfully used whatever ammunition they were issued to show the British that they were tougher than other troops.

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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The British had a nightmare of a time supplying local troops in the Indian sub-continent because Hindus refused to use rounds packed in beef tallow while Muslims refused to use rounds packed in pig lard. The Gurkhas (traditionally Hindus) cheerfully used whatever ammunition they were issued to show the British that they were tougher than other troops.
21st Jan '17 6:48:09 AM bombadil211
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* {{Determinator}}: History is filled with stories of Gurkhas fighting against overwhelming odds and coming out victorious. The most recent example is Sergeant (then Corporal) Dipprasad Pun, CGC, who, in 2010, was manning a checkpoint by himself when he was attacked by 30 Taliban fighters coming in from three sides. Convinced that he was going to die, he decided to take as many of the enemy with him. He fired 400 rounds from his personal rifle and a machine gun, threw 17 grenades, and set off a claymore mine. When he ran out of conventional weapons, he simply picked up the machine gun's tripod and beat down a charging Taliban fighter. The fight was over by the time reinforcements arrived, Pun being credited with saving an entire outpost by himself.



* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Dipprasad Pun, the Gurkha corporal famed for singlehandedly killing thirty Taliban, actually ''ran out of ammunition'' for his machinegun, but instead of giving up he just started cracking heads with the bipod. Which, when folded. is a ''30lb hunk of metal.''

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* ImprovisedWeaponUser: Corporal Dipprasad Pun, the CGC, is a Gurkha corporal famed for singlehandedly killing thirty Taliban, actually ''ran Taliban. After he ran out of ammunition'' for conventional weapons, he simply picked up his machinegun, but instead of giving up he just started cracking heads with the bipod. Which, when folded. is machine gun's tripod, a ''30lb ''30 lb. hunk of metal.''metal'' and beat the last Taliban fighter to death with it.


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* InTheBlood: Many Gurkha families have sent multiple generations of men to serve the British Crown.
21st Jan '17 6:32:31 AM bombadil211
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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 Creator/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 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.

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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 Creator/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 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) 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.



* NiceHat: Gurkhas traditionally wear the Terai hat, a variant of the Australian-style bush-hat that is made by stuffing one hat inside the other, making it rigid. It is worn sharply tilted.

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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: The British had a nightmare of a time supplying local troops in the Indian sub-continent because Hindus refused to use rounds packed in beef tallow while Muslims refused to use rounds packed in pig lard. The Gurkhas cheerfully used whatever ammunition they were issued to show the British that they were tougher than other troops.
* NiceHat: When wearing fatigues or service dress, Gurkhas traditionally wear the Terai hat, a variant of the Australian-style bush-hat that is made by stuffing one hat inside the other, making it rigid. It is worn ''very'' sharply tilted.
30th Nov '16 2:52:42 PM Theriocephalus
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* ScreamingWarrior: ''Aiyo Gurkali'', or more specifically,''Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gurkhali'', which means "Glory to Great Kali, the Gurkhas are coming!"
** Their enemies tend to respond with--in their respective tongues, and adjusted for culture--"OhCrap!"

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* ScreamingWarrior: ''Aiyo Gurkali'', or more specifically,''Jai specifically, ''Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gurkhali'', which means "Glory to Great Kali, the Gurkhas are coming!"
** Their enemies tend to respond with--in their respective tongues, and adjusted for culture--"OhCrap!"culture--"OhCrap"



* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs : One British officer led the storming of a stronghold held by dacoits (roughly, India's ThievesGuild) and was proud to note that not one woman had been harmed.

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* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs : TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: One British officer led the storming of a stronghold held by dacoits (roughly, India's ThievesGuild) and was proud to note that not one woman had been harmed.
30th Nov '16 2:38:30 PM Theriocephalus
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Gurkhas until the 2000s have seldom been officers and usually served in units with white officers. This was partly because of prejudice held by the British that Gurkhas were fine soldiers, but too ineducable to make good officers. Another reason was that the original Indian army was at least partly and often a very large part, a constabulary to prevent revolt and therefore the upper caste had to pull the strings. Despite that, relations have usually been fairly good between British and Gurkhas, arguably better than the British deserved. Perhaps it's simply that all soldiers live in a caste system while they serve and for the Gurkhas it more or less ended when they went home as far as British were concerned. And maybe British were nicer then their FeudalOverlord back home. Also the quality of leadership may have been better; British officers in Gurkha regiments were specially picked. In any case that has changed of late and there have been a number of Gurkha officers.

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Gurkhas until the 2000s have seldom been officers and usually served in units with white officers. This was partly because of prejudice held by the British that Gurkhas were fine soldiers, but too ineducable to make good officers. Another reason was that the original Indian army was at least partly partly, and often in a very large part, a constabulary to prevent revolt and therefore the upper caste had to pull the strings. Despite that, relations have usually been fairly good between British and Gurkhas, arguably better than the British deserved. Perhaps it's simply that all soldiers live in a caste system while they serve and for the Gurkhas it more or less ended when they went home as far as British were concerned. And maybe British were nicer then their FeudalOverlord back home. Also the quality of leadership may have been better; British officers in Gurkha regiments were specially picked. In any case that has changed of late and there have been a number of Gurkha officers.
12th Nov '16 5:04:59 PM nombretomado
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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 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.

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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, Creator/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 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.
2nd Nov '16 3:21:13 AM Morgenthaler
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** The tale is told of a Gurkha sentry posted along the Suez Canal during 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 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 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 Gurkha sentry [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped a battleship with a bolt-action rifle.]]
2nd Nov '16 3:20:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** The tale is told of a Gurkha sentry posted along the Suez Canal during 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.]]

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** The tale is told of a Gurkha sentry posted along the Suez Canal during 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]] sentry [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stopped a battleship with a bolt-action rifle.]]
11th Oct '16 2:01:33 AM bombadil211
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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.friendliness in social situations and utter ferocity on the battlefield. Those who had the honour to serve with them can vouch for that.



* BullyingADragon: Those who have even a passing knowledge of Gurkhas' reputation as fighting men know to give them a wide berth because the seemingly physically slight soldiers will utterly destroy their opponents if provoked. There's an apocryphal story of a fight breaking out in a pub full of squaddies and the only person left unscathed was the Gurkha calmly sipping his drink at the bar, all parties involved having purposely avoided him during the brawl.



* ShroudedInMyth: The Gurkhas frightened away the Argentines during the Falklands War by sheer reputation. Some in the Taliban believe that they are demons who eat their victims. The Gurkhas do nothing to dispel these myths.

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* ShroudedInMyth: The Gurkhas frightened away the Argentines during the Falklands War by sheer reputation.reputation[[note]]Which upset the Gurkhas because they'd been looking forward to a fight[[/note]]. Some in the Taliban believe that they are demons who eat their victims. The Gurkhas do nothing to dispel these myths.
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