Lot 11588-65: North African Campaign. Gurkhas in the Western Desert, July 1942. Gurkhas from Nepal are among the Indian troops fighting in the Western Desert. They have their own ways of fighting and their own weapons. Gurkhas have been in many battles. Shown: A Gurkha cleaning his khukri (kurki) sword after being in action. The men take great care of their weapons. Office of War Information Photograph. (2016/02/11).