KUKRI HISTORY & HERITAGE.
BRIEF NOTES ON
GORKHALI / GURKHA / GORKHA
Gorkhalis in 1814-15, painted by JB Fraser, brother of William Fraser of the British East India Company, during or prior to the Anglo-Gorkha War.
2. Gurkhas of the British Army (Colonial - Modern).
Focuses on the history of the Gurkhas in the modern British Army and earlier colonial Army, including the British East India Company since the regiments were first raised in 1815.
3. Gorkhas of the Indian Army (Post 1947).
Deals with the major campaigns of the Gorkha Rifles of the Indian Army since 1947 onwards.
explore recruitment before and after the British East India Company (1815) to Bhutan, Sikkim, Burma, China, Punjab & India.
of the Gurkha units with roots in the Colonial British Indian military, from 1815 till 2020, including the Singapore Police Force & Assam Rifles.
The series here is divided into two parts:
PART A: MILITARY HISTORY.
1. Introduction. The Military History of the Gorkhalis/Gorkhas and Gurkhas.(This page.) Explores the battles fought by the Gorkhali Army over the 18th to 20th century, specially in the making of Nepal from the Kingdom of Gorkha.
Pages 2- 5 focuses on the Gurkhas & Gorkhas of the old British Indian Army which now serve in the British Army, Indian Army & Singapore Police Force. A common origin with the Gorkhalis but from 1815 developed on its own course.
Pages 6 - 9 provides a reference of the main battles, events, uniforms, flags and other related information for The National Museum of Nepal pages.
What difference does Gorkhali - Gurkha - Gorkha have while sharing the same early history.
Dives into the various Flags, Symbols of State and Coat of Arms as used in Nepal over the past centuries.
Focuses on uniforms and epaulettes/ranks of the Gorkhali and later Nepalese Army from 1762 till modern day and includes a section on the Commander-in-Chief of the Army.
A brief study of the Pre-Gorkhali invasion Mallas Kings of the Valley, a "civilization" between the Emperor of China & the rulers of India, with art workfrom the 19th century.
Early history of Nepal, the Khas Kingdoms of the 11th-14th century + Notes on early Gorkha
PART B. The National Museum of Nepal,
1. The Making of Nepal (mid 16th to 18th century).
2. The Kingdom of Gorkha (18th century).
3. The Anglo-Gorkha War (19th century).
4. The Thapa & Rana Era (19th century).
5. The Shumsher Rana Era (19th to 20th century).
The second part "B" highlights the National Museum of Nepal in Kathmandu and its vast collection of Arms & Armour as used over the past centuries in the hills of Nepal and further. We find out more about the collection and particularly that which is related to the Khukuri/Kukri knife and some of the leading officers and makers of Nepal, the land of the Gorkhalis, Gurkhas and Gorkhas.
Left: A soldier of the Nepalese Army in Ceremonial "Old" Gorkhali uniform at the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Middle: My grandfather Col. Tek Bahadur Kunwor (retired late 1960´s) wearing the Khukuri in traditional way on his "patuka" belt.
Right: A Gurkha soldier of the colonial era British-Indian Army, probably early 1900´s.
Note to remember to Wikidepia is that it is not the most reliable source of information and for more exact and full information various books and articles should be consulted. If you need recommendations on books to read, please send us a message and we will gladly help. When we are not making Kukris and various blades we are often reading and researching more of the heritage.
The story of history and heritage of the Gorkhali - Gurkha - Gorkha would not be complete without all three, hailing from Nepal.
Battles in the process of Nepal´s unification, 18th and 19th century.
Battles towards the
conquest of Kathmandu,
1743 - 1768.
Battles to secure the Kathmandu Valley and expansion of the Gorkha Kingdom, 1769-1809.
Left: Map of Nepal but titled "NEPAUL" as it often was often called in the 19th century if not "NIPAL" along with the Gorkha Kingdom.
Above: One of the earliest postal stamp styles of Nepal/Gorkha Kingdom.
Battles to secure the borders of the Gorkha Kingdom & National Importance for Sovereignity.