Esprit de Corps: The 8th Gorkha Rifles



The spirit of a body is the essence of the term Esprit de Corps. It's a feeling of pride and mutual loyalty shared by the members of a group. The troops with a higher Esprit de Corps are motivated, full of Josh and more often than not victorious under any circumstance. Following are the snapshots of this mighty regiment.


Established: 1824

Motto: Kafar Hunu Bhanda Marnu Ramro (Better to Die than Live like a Coward)

War Cry: Jai Mahakali Ayo Gorkhali (Hail goddess Kali The Gorkhas are here)

Regimental Centre: 58 Gorkha Training Centre, Shillong, Meghalaya

Type: Light Infantry

Decorations:
  • 1 PVC (Param Vir Chakra)
  • 7 MVC (Maha Vir Chakra)
  • 22 VrC (Vir Chakra)
  • 1 UYSM (Uttam Yudh Seva Medal)
  • 1 YSM (Yudh Seva Medal)
  • 4 AC (Ashoka Chakra)
  • 2 KC (Kirti Chakra)
  • 13 SC (Shaurya Chakra)
  • 4 PVSM (Param Vishisht Seva Medal)
  • 8 AVSM (Ati Vishisht Seva Medal)
  • 12 VSM (Vishisht Seva Medal)
  • 24 SM (Sena Medal)
  • 1 Padma Vibhushan Award
  • 1 Padma Bhushan Award
Battle Honours (Post Independence):
  • Poonch
  • Chushul
  • Sanjoi
  • Mirpur
Notable Alumni:
Field Marshal S.H.F.J Manekshaw, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, MC
(7th Chief of Army Staff, 2nd Field Marshal)

Lieutenant Colonel Dhan Singh Thapa, PVC (non-posthumous)
Alias: 
  • 8 GR
  • The Shiny Eight
Insignia: A pair of crossed Khukris with the numeral 8 above.
Regimental Colours: Green and Black.

Other Raisings:
  • 3rd Battalion the Mechanized Infantry Regiment was raised from the 1st Battalion the 8th Gorkha Rifles Regiment.

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