Soldiers from the Kingdom of Gorkha established an IntcmationaJ repumlion for their martial qualities during the Eighteenth Century with their successful invasion of Tibet.
The Gurkha reputation for martial powers and obedience to the authority was finnly established during the 1857-58 Sepay, Muting which threatened British ascendancy in South Asia.
Under a Tripartied Agreement signed in 1947 by Nepal, India and Great Britain, the Gurkha Brigade was divided between British and Indian forces. Four regiments remained in the British Service and six passed to the new Indian Army.
Militartly, the presence of over 100,000 trained and disciplined Gurkha veteran was a valuable human resource. Service abroad widened their horizon, and military training and discipline taught them not only how to obey, but also how to give orders. Many Gurkhas gained specialized skills in communications and engineering units, and most have had some training in such practical subjects as sanitation, hygiene, agriculture and the building trades.