Gurkhas are famed for carrying a kukri – the national weapon of Nepal also used as a work tool. The legend goes that whenever a Gurkha draws his kukri in anger he must also draw blood… 5. The Gurkha selection process has been described as one of the toughest in the world.
What is special about Gurkhas?
Since then, the Gurkhas have loyally fought for the British all over the world, receiving 13 Victoria Crosses between them. More than 200,000 fought in the two world wars, and in the past 50 years they have served in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Borneo, Cyprus, the Falklands, Kosovo and now in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Why do Gurkhas fight for England?
The British army began to recruit Gurkha soldiers because they wanted them to fight on their side. Since that day, the Ghurkas have fought alongside British troops in every battle across the world. Nepal became a strong ally of Britain. The were used by the British to put down revolts in India.