Gurkha (from Nepal) troops demonstrated such impressive fighting qualities in the 1814-16 War that despite losing to the British, the British have employed them as members of the British Army ever since.


Mark Cartwright writing in World History Encyclopaedia, makes the following points:
  • The (British) East India Company was effectively the colonial arm of the British government in India.
  • It maintained its private army and hired troops from the regular British army.
  • Expanding northwards, it took on the Gurkhas, losing several battles until finally winning the last battle and the war.
  • Today Gurkhas serve in the Nepalese, BritishIndian, and Malaysian armies.


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