BRITAIN’S GURKHA WAR The Invasion of Nepal, 1814-16

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The Anglo-Nepalese War (1814–16), also known as the Gurkha War, was fought between the Kingdom of Gorkha and the East India Company as a result of border disputes and ambitious expansionism of both the belligerent parties. The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Sugauli in 1816. David Ochterlony general of the East India Company and the political agent William Fraser were quick to recognise the potential of Nepalese soldiers in British service. During the war the British were keen to use defectors from the Nepalese army and employ them as irregular forces. His confidence in their loyalty was such that in April 1815 he proposed forming them into a battalion under Lieutenant Ross called the Nasiri regiment. This regiment, which later became the 1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles. John Pemble has fully authenticated his work from original sources and on-the-spot research,all presented in a lively engaging style