In 1814, the Bengal Army of the Honourable East India Company was at war with Nepal. It was here that the British first encountered the indomitable spirit of the Gurkha hillman. Impressed by their fighting qualities, the Company began to recruit them into their own ranks. Since then, these light-hearted and gallant soldiers have campaigned wherever the British Army has served – from the North-West Frontier of India through two World Wars to the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan. They hold over 100 battle honours and many Victoria Crosses.

Seen through the prism of his own Regiment and service, General Duffell’s talk vividly recounts some of the history, character and spirit of these loyal and dedicated soldiers as well as his personal experience of campaigning with them.

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