The Gurkhas, or ‘Gorkhas’, are Nepalese soldiers who have been enlisted by a variety of military authorities, most notably the British Indian army between 1857 and 1947. The Gurkhas were first an enemy of the British empire in the Anglo-Nepalese War from 1814 to 1816. But the British were so impressed by the Gurkhas ferocity and resilience that after winning this war, the British created the Treaty of Sugauli in 1816, allowing them to enlist Nepalese citizens to fight for the British Army. Known for their courage, loyalty, and ability to adapt to almost any condition, the Gurkhas were deployed in numerous war zones across the globe and were instrumental in many allied military operations during the first and second world wars.The Gurkhas had their own uniforms, one of the most iconic pieces being their short pants, which were later adopted by the regular British army in hot climates.The Gurkha Short itself is a high-waisted, barrel-legged short with multiple pleats and an adjustable belted waistband. Traditionally constructed from a tan-coloured cotton twill, the wide fit and pleated construction allow for improved airflow and ease of movement whilst fighting in the unrelenting conditions of North Africa, Syria, Singapore, and Burma. And as well as providing comfort, the adjustable waistband made sure the Gurkha short would continue to fit through any weight loss that may have occurred during long missions in harsh climates or sparse rations.These are original 1970's 100% cotton reproductions.Sizing is waist size in inches.