Probably the best-known body of fighting men in the British Army, and to their adversaries the most feared, Gurkhas were first recruited to serve the British Crown 200 years ago in 1815.
In that time these young men from the Nepalese hills have fought in all the major wars where the British Army has been deployed.
Winning an extraordinary number of medals for bravery, they have also won a romantic place in the hearts of British people.
Before Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake this year, the country was celebrating 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown.
We've taken a look back at the commemorations marking this special anniversary.
Click here or here, meanwhile, if you'd like to know more about the Gurkhas...