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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:27 am 
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We discussed in another thread the difficulty of finding early photos of the Nepalese Army. Here are a few I ran across on Facebook of all places :!:
The great distance results in loss of much detail, but they are still interesting for what can be discerned.
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The long arms in the last picture appear to be SMLEs. I think I can see a large kukri being worn at right hip to the rear.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:53 pm 
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You found these on Facebook??? That's awesome, of all the websites out there I would have never thought one were able to find anything interesting there... 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 11:34 pm 
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Great pics Berk..Thank you. Rod


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Those are great. I agree that it looks like you see an kukri on the soldiers right hip in the last picture. It looks like a big one too.


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Found on Johannes Bornmann's website. http://www.bilder-aus-nepal.de/index.html

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Dated 1900 & 1945 respectivley. Would love to know origin & have confirmation of date of first picture...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:46 pm 
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Spiral, thanks for reminding me of that website. I had forgotten about it since Andreas first posted the link.
I have a hard time accepting the 1900 date on the first picture - closer to 1915 would agree with other pictures.
This engraving from a photograph, also from Mr. Bornmann's website, is dated 1885. Notice the sash carry of the kukris.
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Undated, but clearly showing the old style of uniform. Difficult to identify the long arms stacked by the soldier at right. Probably Martini-Henry type, whether of British or Nepalese manufacture.
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Nepalese Army in typical Gurkha tropical uniform, with SMLEs and kukris on right hip, Kathmandu 1934.
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Thanks Berk and Spiral for great pics...I have been trying to work out what the campaign medal ribbon is on your "1900" photo Spiral...and without greater definition it escapes me A few possibilities none of which seem logical ? It may be the "India Medal 1895-1902" but as I say without either greater definition or colour hard to tell, but would not appear to be a WW1 decoration for whatever thats worth. Rod


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By a series of elimination most likely to be India General service medal 1895-1902....this does not of course really assist with the dating of the pic...but in the absence of any other awards may be a bit of an indicator. Rod


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Thanks Berk, Interesting observation Rod.

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This closeup shows some very interesting details. Note the soldier at the extreme right of the frame wearing a kukri on the left side, butt forward. To the extreme left appears to be a chupri baonet, in front of a row of muskets with socket bayonets and white slings.
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The closeup is taken from a larger view in the British Library collection.
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Photograph from an album of 30 prints credited to Herzog and Higgins, taken in ca. 1901 and part of the Curzon Collection. View of a crowded street in Patan, Nepal, with an escort in the foreground and the royal party beyond riding on their ceremonial elephants. The ancient town of Patan with its strong links with Buddhism is now largely absorbed into greater Kathmandu. It is still a cultural centre and source of thriving arts and crafts in Nepal. One of the earliest towns of Nepal, legend claims that Patan was founded by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka of India in the 3rd century BC. Inscriptions reveal that it was a major city of the Lichchavi dynasty (300-800 AD). Most of its monuments date from the Malla dynasty (1200-1769 AD). In the 15th century it became one of the three Malla city-states of the Kathmandu Valley, the other two being Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, and was endowed with spectacular architecture, particularly around its central Durbar Square. In the middle of the 19th century, after Jung Bahadur took control of power in Nepal and assumed the title of Rana, the Prime Minister's post became hereditary and successive Ranas ruled Nepal, with the kings being nominal figureheads. The Rana ruler Dev Shamsher had a very brief reign of three months in 1901. He was forced to resign by a coalition of his brothers opposed to his radical policies, and retired to India.

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Thanks for posting these rare photos. Takes one back in time.


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