23 Jul 10 Amazing Facts About the Gorkha Regiment that completes 200 years
They are on of the fiercest forces know to mankind and even there enemies tremble when they attack. The Gorkhas were integrated with the Indian Forces on April 24, 1815. Over time they have served in all theatres of war and won many military decorations.
Here are some facts about one of the most revered regiment of the Indian Army.
The britishers were so impressed with the fighting skills and valour of Gorkha soldiers in the First Anglo- Nepal war that they quickly integrated them in the British Indian Army. (Treaty Of Sagauli)
2. They weren’t raised as the Gorkha Regiment however, Instead it was called the Nasiri Regiment. The regiment was later renamed as the 1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles.
3. The war cry of the Gorkha Regiments is ‘Jai Maha Kali, Ayo Gorkhali’ which basically means all hail to the Goddess Kali, The Gorkhas Are Here.
4. The Gorkha units are some of the most decorated in the Indian Army. They have played an important role in all the wars and have won Battle Honours in Uri sector in 1947-48, Ladakh in 1962, Jammu and Kashmir in 1965 and 1971. They have also been part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka.The Gorkha Regiments have been awarded 3 Param Vir Chakras the highest number, shared by the Grenadiers, 33 Maha Vir Chakras, and 84 Vir Chakras during operations
5. Officers in the Gorkha Regiments of the Indian Army have to learn the Gorkhali language to be able to interact with their men in their native tongue.
6. The Regimental Insignia of all the Gorkha Rifles Regiments consists of a pair of crossed khurkis with the numeral of the regiment in-between, above or below.
7. Field Marshal Manekshaw, who’s parent unit was 12th Frontier Force Regiment that moved to the Pakistani Army, became a part of the 8 GR. He would later become the Colonel of the regiment of the unit. He once famously said “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gorkha
8. The Gorkha Regiment also has a tradition in which a male buffalo is sacrificed at the time of festival of dusherra. The head of the buffalo has to be severed in one clean sweep by the khukri. It is generally the youngest member of the unit who gets to do the honours.
9. The current Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh Suhag is also from the Gorkha Rifles. He was commissioned in 4/5 GR in 1974. And according to the 5 GR tradition, he wears his head gear with the strap below the lower lip. Other GR units wear the chin strap below the jaw.
10. Gorkhas are the ethnic Nepali citizens or the Nepali citizens of India.
Currently there are 39 battalions of Gorkhas, serving in 7 regiments, out of which 6 were transferred from the British Indian Army while one was formed after independence.
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