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Arc of the Gurkha
Arc of the Gurkha

Arc of the Gurkha

From Nepal to the British Army


286 Pages, 8.5 x 11.5

Cloth, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $59.95)

Publication Date: May 2015

ISBN 9781909653993

Rights: US & CA

Elliott & Thompson (May 2015)

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


A stunning and powerful book of photographs that reveal the human face of the legendary Gurkha Brigade—no other photographer has captured their lives and individual stories so successfullyThe Gurkhas are an elite fighting force from Nepal who have served the British Crown since 1815. They are renowned for their loyalty, professionalism, and resolve. Through stunning photography, this book explores the span of the Gurkha career from recruitment through to training and deployment up to post-military employment and retirement. The author has accompanied the Gurkhas on operations in Afghanistan and on exercises in the Brunei jungle and Australia, and has visited all the units in the Brigade, as well as retired and medically discharged Gurkhas. She has taken intimate portraits of hundreds of soldiers and heard their stories, many of which are recounted in this book. There have been other books on the Gurkhas, but none has portrayed the individual soldiers and focused on their backgrounds, lives, and thoughts. This unique and insightful publication is the first to explore what it really means for a Gurkha to be a Gurkha.


"Everything about this project is extraordinary. . . The book Arc of the Gurkha—From Nepal to the British Army is the ultimate portrait of this impressive caste of warriors."  —

Author Biography

Alex Schlacher is an Austrian photographer. While embedded with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan in 2011, she had the privilege of spending some time with the Royal Gurkha Rifles. She is now in the unique position of being allowed total and unprecedented access to the Brigade of Gurkhas, and has photographed them since 2012.