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Who are The Gurkhas? 10 Quick Facts

1. The Gurkhas are military soldiers from Nepal who are recruited into the British Army and have served the British crown for over 200 years

2. They are fearless in combat but will never leave one behind. They are well known for their loyalty and bravery.

3. The name “Gurkhas” came from a Nepalese hill town called Gorkhas.

4. Gurkha men still carries their national weapon during battle – the Kukuri, an 18-inch-long curved weapon. The legend states that whenever a Gurkha draws his kukri in anger, he must also draw blood…

5. To be selected as a Gurkha the recruitment process is known to be one of the most fierce and toughest competition. They must run uphill for 40 minutes carrying a wicker basket on their back filled with rocks weighing 70lbs.

6."If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or a Gurkha" quoted by Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

7. 13 Victoria Crosses (Britain’s highest military honour) have been bestowed upon native Gurkhas.

8. During World War 2 over 110,000 men served in 40 Gurkha battalions.

9. HRH Prince Harry once said during his tour in Afghanistan “When you know you’re with the Gurkhas, I think there’s no safer place to be.”

10. Kowloon Park in Hong Kong was the Gurkha’s main military camp for the brigade from Nepal.

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