The report on the role of Nepal during the first world war is as follows. This report is mostly research-based.
The role of Nepal during the 1st world war with a participated Gorkhali soldier.
We adopted the following methods of study.
- Research method - We searched and found a lot of things through observations from books and the internet.
- Photography method - We took photos of the necessary objects.
- Interview method - We talked to the seniors and experts on the subject matter.
The main objectives of this report are to explore
- Understand the relation between Nepal and the world during the first world war.
- Identify the contribution of Nepal Gorkhali soldiers (Gurkhas) in the first world war.
- Draw the negative and positive aspects of the participation.
The Gurkhas have fought for the British since 1815, long before the first world war even began. In 1814-1816 the British East India Company fought a war against the powerful state of Gorkha as well. Realizing the strength and brevity of Gorkhali British hired Gurkha soldiers in the first world war to fight for them. Around 100,000 Gurkhas fought in the first world war from 1914 to 1918. Gurkha battalions served at Neuve Chapelle, Loos, Givenchy, and Ypres on the Western Front, and in Mesopotamia, Persia, Palestine, and Gallipoli against the Turks.
Gurkha regiments received hundreds of gallantry awards, including three Victoria Crosses. They also suffered over 20,000 casualties.
Their devotion to the war and fight has been well recognized by Britain and the whole world. As a result still today 100s of Gurkha soldiers are recruited by Britain.
Even though Nepal was not a participant in the first world war, the Rana prime minister Chandra Shumsher had provided great support to Britain during the first world war. It's a sad truth, many Gurkha lost their lives during war but Nepalese youth also got the title of brave Gorkhas which can be considered a positive achievement.