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Origins

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The Gurkhas introduction to the British Army begins in 1814 during the Anglo-Nepalese war, ostensibly fought over border disputes but which hid other intentions. Though the British were militarily successful, attempts to annex Nepal failed and the hostilities ended with the signing of the Sugauli Treaty. The British were so impressed with the Gurkhas fighting abilities, their loyalty and ferocity that they later encouraged them to volunteer. Gurkha troops then fought for the East India Company in its wars in the subcontinent.

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