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Khartoum Maxim07 Mar 2018 8:47 a.m. PST

Does anyone know if the Gurkha uniforms were the same for those serving in the Khalsa and the British Indian army? I understand the Sikh's hired Gurkhas and basically copied the British units, but i am struggling to find much info on the net.

John Watts08 Mar 2018 4:00 a.m. PST

The most obvious difference would seem to be the head dress – peakless shakos for the Khalsa and forage caps for the EIC. The rest of the uniform, green.

Khartoum Maxim08 Mar 2018 5:37 a.m. PST

Thank you John, I could only seem to find plates with the Gurkhas wearing shakos.

deflatermouse08 Mar 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

The Osprey MAA Sikh Army by Ian Heath has a picture of the Shakos I presumed being worn by the Ghurkas.

It shows the Hindu battalion but describes the Ghurka battalion as Green with red facings.
The Wargames Illustrated #104 of 1996 has a picture of them. I'm trying to find a picture of the page (sadly not having much luck.)

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