History Part 3

patrol_in_Borneo_lIn 1982, Gurkhas were part of the 5 Airborne Brigade and were involved in the assault on the liberation of Falkland Islands from the Argentinians. There was a propaganda saying that the Argentinians believed that Gurkhas were savages and sometimes ate the enemy.

The 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles were at the forefront of the NATO Peace Support Operations in Kosovo in 1999, whilst in the same year, the 2nd Battalion played a key role in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in East Timor. All units of the Brigade have contributed to United Nations and NATO Peace Support Operations in the Balkans over the last decade. The Royal Gurkha Rifles have also been directly committed to British Operations in Sierra Leone, most notably the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles and 2 PARA Gurkha Reinforcement Company.

The Brigade continues to play a full and active part in contemporary British military operations. Gurkhas have also served in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 21st century with distinction and maintain an age old spirit and tradition, and are proud to be labelled as the elite infantry men.

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