Nepalese Infantrymen, 1956

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Nepalese Infantrymen, 1956

Post  Sean on Sun 17 Nov 2013, 8:29 pm

Infantry parade in full dress.

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With Lee Enfields Mk III at the carry, in true riflemen fashion

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Re: Nepalese Infantrymen, 1956

Post  KraVseR on Mon 18 Nov 2013, 4:54 am

Thank you! Where do you find these videos?

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Re: Nepalese Infantrymen, 1956

Post  Sean on Tue 19 Nov 2013, 5:29 am

They are video stills from http://www.britishpathe.com/
Just enter the term you are looking for and then a list of relevant newsreels will appear click on which ever you want and then click 'view as stills' to the right of the displayed picture. It takes some time to load and you need to go right to the bottom to make it show you all the stills available. Then simply click on whichever you want and save the resultant pop up.

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Re: Nepalese Infantrymen, 1956

Post  Sean on Wed 01 Jan 2014, 8:16 am

From around the same period, if not the same parade

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Re: Nepalese Infantrymen, 1956

Post  buistR on Thu 16 Jan 2014, 6:21 am

The Nepalese redcoats shown were a unit whose title was usually translated as "Royal Foot Guards". They were still wearing that uniform in 2001 when two royal funerals were held in quick succession (the Nepalese Crown Prince had run amok killing the king and queen plus seven other members of the Royal Family). With the final abolition of the Monarchy in 2008 the Royal Foot Guards were presumably disbanded - or relegated to mundane duties in drab uniforms.

The uniform itself closely resembles that of the 1st Gurkha Rifles in the time of the Raj. Under the title of "1st Gurkha Light Infantry" they wore scarlet even though the other nine Gurkha regiments were in rifle green with only minor distinctions. Then in 1885 an interfering Viceroy pressed for green for all. The idea was unpopular in the 1st, who pointed out that recruits in Nepal usually asked to join the "Lal kurti pal tan" (red coat regiment) because it was different. By contrast the handful of rifle regiments in the British Army always found recruiting easy because their green uniforms were in sharp contrast to the scarlet of the mass of line infantry. At any rate in India standardization finally triumphed and the 1st Gurkhas became green clad rifles (though with red piping to commemorate their lost distinction).

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