Tuesday, April 11, 2006

GHURKAS

Ghurkas, the tough soldiers from the Himalayas, having been serving in the British Indian Army for years, and only recently receiving equall pay, pensions and rights from the War Office.

The first Goorka, yes, it was spelled like that at one time, that we made, we being Soldiers' Soldiers, was one that we made specifically for the Nation Army Museum in London, back in the 1970's, and he always had his base painted brown, for the dust of India, rather than the green which was used for the British troops in England. Our sets of soldiers are 282, 283, 283a, 284, 284a, and are listed on the site, we have a few sets available of most of them.

There are numerous regiments, dressed in the familiar Rifle Green, and with their pill-box hats, depicted in the works of Harry Payne, Bunnett, Lovett and MacMunn, The Armies of India, 1911, 4th, 6th and 9th Gurkha Rifles; and of course the Britain's company also made smart models of these chaps marching at the trail.

These illustrations from Armies of India are now being scanned and will be sent out to anyone who sends in a simple email, just with the message Gurkhas. The other seventy illustrations of the Army in India will appear on site in due course.