The 8 Gorkha Rifles
is a Gorkha
regiment of the Indian Army
. It was raised in 1824 as part of the British East India Company
and later transferred to the British Indian Army
after the Indian Rebellion of 1857
. The regiment served in the World War I
and World War II
, before being one of the Gurkha regiments transferred to the Indian Army
after independence in 1947. Since then it has served in a number of conflicts including the Sino-Indian War
of 1962 and the Indo-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971. Today the 8th Gorkha Rifles is one of the most celebrated regiments of the Indian Army, having received numerous citations for bravery in the field of battle, and even producing one of the two field marshals, Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw
, of the Indian Army.
Formation and Early Campaigns
The "Shiny Eight", as the regiment is popularly known in the Gorkha fraternity of the Indian Army, can trace its history back to the 16th Sylhet Local Battalion, which was raised in 1824 as part of the British East India Company and since then the identity of the Regiment has undergone a number of transitions before reaching its present designation as the 8 Gorkha Rifles, which it achieved in 1907.
Military assignments commenced as soon after the raising of the Regiment when the first battalion formed the spearhead for operations in the First Anglo–Burmese War
of 1824-25. The services of the Regiment were to be requisitioned again when the British went to war with Bhutan in...