They have the reputation of being the most determined, fierce fighters. But today former Gurkha soldiers based in Kent and Sussex have been forced to accept defeat - over their pension rights.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the Government acted within its rights by denying Gurkhas who served before 1997 a full British Army pension.
As Sarah Saunders now reports, the decision has been greeted with dismay by campaigners who believe Gurkhas who have loyally fought for British queen and country have been badly betrayed.
She spoke to former Gurkha Bhimraj Tumbahangphe, Gurkha rights campaigner Peter Carroll and South East MEP Anneliese Dodds.
VIDEO: Our report with former Gurkhas in the south east, devastated at today's defeat over pension rights
Former Gurkhas across the south say they're devastated that their last attempt to secure equal pension rights has failed.