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Catalogue code: AV039
This Commemorative Sheet traces the history of this famed fighting force who have soldiered for the British for 200 years. Gurkhas have played a vital part in British military operations since the raising of the first Gurkha regiment in 1815. Originally part of the British Indian Army, they fought Pathans on the frontiers, dacoits in Burma and mutineers in India. With six battalions on the Western Front, four in Gallipoli and others in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Palestine, Persia and Salonika, Gurkhas were prominent in the First World War, and similarly so in the Second World War, where they served in North Africa, Italy, Malaya and Burma. After 1947, Gurkha regiments were divided between the armies of independent India and Britain, with British Gurkhas in the forefront of operations in Malaya and Borneo, and subsequently taking part in the Falklands campaign, and more recently in Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ten labels illustrate the history of the regiment from its origins in 1815 in the foothills of the Himalayas to the Falkland Islands conflict in 1982. Contains ten Union Flag stamps and is a limited edition of 7500.