Gurkhas in Kosovo

In Kosovo (1989-99) conflict between ethnic Albanians, ethnic Serbs and the government of Yugoslavia led to atrocities gained widespread international attention. In the summer 1999, Serbia agreed to withdraw from Kosovo, and troops from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) were deployed. It was the first intervention by the NATO alliance without a UN mandate.

As part of a multinational NATO force, the 1st Battalion of the Royal Gurkha Rifles (1RGR) played a pivotal role in seizing key points and clearing roads of mines and booby traps for the main force to pass. Twenty five years on, we invite you to The Gurkha Museum to both learn and reflect on this conflict.

Kosovo 25 – A lecture and lunch on the Gurkhas in Kosovo – 6 Sept 24

The speaker

Brigadier (Retd) Sean Crane was the Commanding Officer of 1RGR at the time . His talk will offer a unique insight on the challenges and pressures that come with commanding a Gurkha battalion at such a crucial time. Sean Crane spent 34 years in the British Army serving tours in Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. After leaving the Army, he was the Chief Executive of the Honourable Artillery Company for thirteen years