Gurkha soldiers are some of the bravest, toughest, and fiercest in the world. For over 200 years, they have taken the battlefield. They have served in both world wars, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and the Falklands, just to name a few. Gurkhas, sometimes referred to as Gorkhali, have been the source of breathtaking acts of heroism and an almost mythical ability to survive on the battlefield.
That tenacity may be due to their origins. The name "Gurkha" comes from the hill town of Gorkha, from which Nepal and its many tribes spread. Men from the Gorkhali Kingdom were collectively known as Gurkhas, and they seemed born to endure harsh climates, tough terrain, and just about anything thrown at them.
The stories of the prowess of Gurkha fighters are filled with details that are nearly unbelievable had they not been witnessed by survivors. These acts of bravery committed by the fearless and amazing Gurkhas truly live up to their motto, "Better to die than be a coward."
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