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British Army to create a Specialised Gurkha Infantry Battalion

The British Army has announced that it would create a new Specialised Infantry Battalion by recruiting more than 800 Nepalese Gurkha servicepersons.
British Army to create a Specialised Gurkha Infantry Battalion
  • Gurkhas have completed 200 years of service in the British Army and currently, they comprise up to 3% of the British Army.

Gurkha and the British Army:

  • During the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814-16, Gorkha Kingdom had inflicted heavy casualties on the British Army even though they had lost the war.
  • British India decided to recruit these soldiers starting in 1815 and the Gurkhas have fought on the side of the British Empire in almost every war, including both World Wars.
  • After the Indian Independence in 1947, as per the Britain-India-Nepal Tripartite Agreement 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th Gurkha Rifles regiments were assigned to India, and the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 10th were assigned regiments to Britain.
  • Further India created 11th Gurkha Rifles regiment to accommodate the Gurkhas who refused to depart with the now-British regiments.
  • British later amalgamated the 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 10th battalions into Royal Gurkha Rifles (RGR) regiment.
  • The Gurkhas are recruited every year by the British Army and Gurkhas are held in high esteem in the British Army.
  • Khukri, the signature weapon of Gurkhas forms part of the Gurkha regimental insignia in Britain as well as in India.
  • Gurkhas have the same service conditions as the regular British Army, with the option of British citizenship upon retirement.

Question:

Q. Which army has announced that it would create a new Specialised Infantry Battalion by recruiting more than 800 Nepalese Gurkha servicepersons?
a. German Army
b. French Army
c. British Army
d. Japanese Army
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