2015 is the Bicentenary of the Brigade of Gurkhas relationship with the British Army

The website dedicated to this event is http://www.gurkha200.co.uk ***In progress***

My purpose in this page is to bring a focus on how the British Brigade of Gurkhas is such an asset in this technological age BECAUSE of their history. We are in danger of losing them! The Ghurka Regiments have already been decimated by UK Government defence cuts and are threatened with more. There is no more effective infantry fighting force than the Ghurkas proven by their history and their unassailable record of Victoria Crosses and other bravery commendations.
Most modern forces in modern times, including the US Navy SEALS, Royal Marines and other elite groups spend little time training in face-to-face Close Quarter Combat (CQC). The application of technology, weapon systems and body armour puts the focus onto firearms. Most are not trained any more on the Bayonet, so long the last resort of soldiers out of ammunition. As a US Army Officer said to me this year, the Bayonet is no longer issued. It is interesting that much body arm

or is protection against bullets and shrapnel, but not always against a blade! Plus a good blade operator will know where the weakness in armor are.

Should we ignore bladed weapons such as the Bayonet?IMG_0117

2012 "Corporal Sean Jones, 25, of 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, "reversed a potentially dire situation" when his patrol came under attack in a carefully planned ambush in October last year." He called "Fix Bayonets" and led a charge across 80yds of ground under fire- Telegraph Report Awarded the Military Cross.

The current British Army Khukuri I had shipped from Nepal is pictured here.
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The Gurkha's Khukuri is his "primary" weapon!
As soon as the fighting becomes personal the Gurkha has frequently been known to draw his Khukuri and drop his rifle. The sight of 12" flashing steel is even more terrifying to modern adversaries than it will have been 200 years ago! Instilling fear in your enemy is key to winning the battle. William Fairbairn, when asked why the FS Knife was bright steel, said exactly that!

"A 28-year-old Rifleman, ALCpl Gurung was on guard at a patrol base near Lashkar Gah when the Afghan, along with another insurgent, attacked. When the two men were challenged, they opened fire, and ALCpl Gurung was hit by a bullet on his helmet, knocking him to the ground. Still dazed from the blast, he saw a grenade bounce off the ceiling of the guard tower he was in but managed to pick it up and throw it out just before it detonated, knocking him over again. He said: "I realised that if I ran away it would explode. I realised that I needed to do something, so I rolled it away. "I fell down on the floor, there was dust everywhere, it was like a storm." As he climbed to his feet after the explosion, he saw one of the attackers climbing into the tower and drew his kukri - the traditional Nepalese knife used by Gurkhas - to take him on in hand-to-hand combat." Telegraph Report

"A Gurkha solider who beheaded a Taliban gunman and carried his head back to base in a bag has been cleared to resume his duties." Daily Mail Report


Below are a number of resources:
Bicentenary website
http://www.gurkha200.co.uk