Indian Army’s Gorkha Rifles Has Won A Gold Medal At The World’s Most Brutal Military Exercise #Hindustan360

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This time around, Gorkha Rifles’ team 2/8 Gorkha went to the Cambrain Patrol, an annual international military patrolling exercise in the rugged Cambrian Mountains of Wales, which is one of the toughest military exercises in the world. And guess what, conquered the patrol and brought home a gold medal.

What Is The Cambrain Patrol?
The annual exercise snakes across a treacherous distance of 55 kilometers in the Cambrain Mountains. Each team is handed over tasks and missions that must be completed within 48 hours with patrol carrying its entire kit and equipment. If they lose the equipment, it will be replaced by deadweight and the team will lose points.

Other things the teams are judged upon are dismounted close combat skills, obstacle crossing drills, first aid procedures, recognition of aircraft, vehicles and equipment; IED and minefield clearance drills; patrol techniques, prisoner of war (PoW) handling; helicopter drills; media handling; radio communications skills and artillery target indication procedures. It’s not exactly a competition. Points are awarded on the basis of number of points scored.

History of Gorkha Rifles
The 11 Gurkhas was raised as an ad hoc unit in 1918 with troops and officers being drawn from the various Gurkha Regiments. This regiment saw service in both Palestine and Mesopotamia at the end of the First World War, as well as during the Third Afghan War in 1919, before being disbanded in 1922 and the troops being reverted to their original units.

The 11 Gorkha Rifles was officially re-raised on 1 January 1948, with the regimental centres at Palampur and Santa Cruz, Mumbai the regimental centre was subsequently shifted to Jalapahar in Darjeeling, and then moved to Clement Town Dehra Dun for a brief period, and finally to Lucknow where it was firmly established. The regiment was raised predominantly with the manpower from the non-optees of the 7th Gurkha Rifles and the 10th Gurkha Rifles. As the regiment was raised by the Indian Army after independence, it was decided not to retain the honours and traditions of the first 11th Gurkha Rifles of the British Indian Army.

The units of the regiment have also represented India in a number of UN missions abroad.
The regiment has following battalions:

1st battalion - 1/11 Gorkha Rifles (Batalik)
2nd battalion - 2/11 Gorkha Rifles (Shingo)
3rd battalion - 3/11 Gorkha Rifles
4th battalion - (disbanded)
5th Battalion - 5/11 Gorkha Rifles (Bogra)
6th battalion - 6/11 Gorkha Rifles
7th battalion - 7/11 Gorkha Rifles
The 107 Infantry Battalion, Territorial Army is located in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

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  • Currently there are 39 battalions serving in 7 Gorkha regiments in the Indian Army. Six regiments were transferred from the British Indian Army, while one was formed after independence; 1 Gorkha Rifles 5 battalions (previously 1st King George V’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Malaun Regiment)).

    They are highly decorated. They have these achievements in their bag:
    1 Param Vir Chakra || 1 Victoria Cross || 6 Military Crosses || 3 Ashoka Chakras || 1 Padma Bhushan || 7 Param Vishist Seva Medals || 2 Maha Vir Chakras || 9 Ati Vishist Seva Medals || 11 Vir Chakras || 5 Shaurya Chakras || 35 Sena Medals || 14 Vishisht Seva Medals || 18 Mentioned-in-Despatches