The Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) was formed on 1 July 1994 when the existing Gurkha regiments amalgamated to form a single regiment of three battalions. Although the RGR has only existed for 25 years, it carries the traditions and history of its antecedent regiments and has already established itself as a formidable fighting force in its own right. This book celebrates the new Regiment's first quarter century of life by providing a visual history of its many achievements over the last 25 years. With a Foreword by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, it includes more than 500 photographs of Gurkhas that have not been published before and it should therefore be of real interest to anyone who wants to know more about this elite fighting force. Half of the author's royalties from the sale of this book go to The Royal Gurkha Rifles Trust, the Regiment's charity, which helps improve conditions for serving and retired members of the Regiment and their families. Released to the Regiment on 9 July 2019 at the celebrations held to mark the 25th Anniversary of the RGR, the book went on general release in October 2019, becoming an Amazon best-seller in the 'Nepal' category on both the 16 October and 29 December 2019.
You can use the following links to see quotes about Gurkhas and find out what soldiers from The Royal Gurkha Rifles are currently doing:
AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF BRITAIN'S GURKHA SOLDIERS
All about strategy
This section describes Gurkha operational deployments from the end of WW2 up until today and includes their campaigns in Malaya, Brunei, Borneo, the Falklands, the Balkans and Afghanistan.
Gurkha adventure thriller
This section gives an overview of the current Brigade of Gurkhas, including recruiting and the role of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. It concludes with a brief look at the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of The Royal Gurkha Rifles which took place this year (2019).
Gurkha adventure thriller
The Gurkhas march down the Mall during the celebrations to mark 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown in 2015
Craig Lawrence talking about the Gurkhas' 200 years of service to the Crown on Forces TV in 2015
Lucy Masters, a feisty academic, is in Nepal to climb in the Himalayas. An assassin stalks a man whose company has developed a revolutionary new social media application. Harry Parker, a veteran Gurkha officer, is in Kathmandu on leave. One of the City of London's most successful hedge fund managers is about to make his biggest ever fortune. Though they don't know it, the lives of these very different people will come together in a most unexpected way. Add in a beautiful emerging artist, a sociopath ex-special forces 'fixer' and two highly capable Gurkhas and the stage is set for an adventure that will grip you from the first page, whether or not you have an interest in Gurkhas!
'Craig Lawrence, a modern Major General, draws on his army career and bursts onto the literary scene with a novel that begins with skulduggery in the city and ends in the snows of Devon...I really enjoyed it and it's a great choice to hunker down with as the nights draw in. Inspired by Lee Child, Craig turns out a fast-paced adventure (with Gurkha guest appearances) that has appeal for many ages and covers a range of relationships.' Devon Life, December 2015
This section describes the role that Gurkhas played in the two World Wars, including their famous contribution to the Burma Campaign and the Chindit Operations of Brigadier Orde Wingate. It also covers the award of the first Victoria Cross to a Gurkha.
The centenary of the 5th Gurkhas in 1958
This section starts with the first meeting between the British East India Company and the Gurkhas of Bhim Sen Thapa, which occurred when the expansionist 'John Company' met the equally expansionist Nepalese in 1814, and goes on to describe the Gurkhas' service up until WW1, including their role in the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
This collection of short films about Gurkhas should give you a sense of what these remarkable warriors have achieved over the years.
1815 was a defining year in British military history. Not only did Wellington finally defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo but the British East India Company also began recruiting Gurkha soldiers, a tradition that has now continued uninterrupted for over 200 years. This page provides a start point from which to explore this remarkable story. To make it more digestible, the rich history of Britain's Gurkhas is broken down into a number of separate sections (just click on the descriptions below to take you to the appropriate page). If you want to know even more about these remarkable warriors from Nepal, then you might find my Gurkha books of interest. You can find out more about them at the bottom of this page, or click on the images above to see them on Amazon. If you don't want to read anything but still want to know more about Gurkhas, then go to the bottom of this page and have a quick look at the films, including a short interview I gave to Forces TV which, in about 3 minutes, gives you an overview of the Gurkhas' 200+ years of service to the Crown!
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200 years of Gurkha history
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The award of the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross to A/Sgt Dipprasad Pun
'As I reflect upon the Regiment's first quarter century, it is sometimes difficult to remember exactly just how much has been achieved. This is why this book is invaluable - carefully researched, and with hundreds of fascinating images, it will perhaps help the reader to understand my deep personal pride in being Colonel-in-Chief.' His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales