7 Things You Didn't Know about the Gurkhas

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If any fighting force, living, that is, can claim to be legendary it is the Gurkhas. Famed and feared, these warriors have been fighting alongside the British Army for 200 years, and very well indeed. Blessed, according to legend, by the eighth-century Hindu warrior-saint Guru Gorakhnath, who gave them their famous knife, the kukri, the Gurkhas fearlessly enter a battle with the cry: “Ayo Gorkhali!” and face combat with their motto: "Better to die than be a coward." Their loyalty and bravery led one British general to exclaim: “If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or he is a Gurkha.” But who are these warriors? Here are ten things you didn't know about the Gurkhas.

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