Ahmad Ismail Ali

Ahmad Ismail Ali (Arabic: أحمد إسماعيل علي‎) (14 October 1917 – 26 December 1974) was the Commander-in-Chief of Egypt's army and minister of war during the October War of 1973, and is best known for his planning of the attack across the Suez Canal, code-named Operation Badr. Ali's mother was of partial Albanian descent.

Ahmad Ismail Ali
أحمد إسماعيل علي
Field Marshal Ahmed Ismail Ali.jpg
Minister of Defence of Egypt
In office
1973–1973
PresidentAnwar El-Sadat
Preceded byMohammed Ahmed Sadek
Succeeded byAbdel Ghani el-Gamasy
Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate
In office
1971–1972
PresidentMuhammad Naguib, Gamal Abdel Nasser
Preceded byAhmad Kamel
Succeeded byKarim El-Leithy
Personal details
Born(1917-10-14)14 October 1917
Cairo, Egypt
Died26 December 1974(1974-12-26) (aged 57)
London, United Kingdom
Military service
Allegiance Kingdom of Egypt
 United Arab Republic
 Egypt
Branch/service Egyptian Army
Years of service1938–1974
RankEgyptianArmyInsignia-FieldMarshal.svg Field Marshal
Unit16th Infantry
CommandsCommander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces
Battles/warsSecond World War

1948 Arab–Israeli War
Suez Crisis
Six-Day War

Yom Kippur War

Military careerEdit

In October 1972, Ali accompanied Prime Minister Aziz Sidqi on a visit to Moscow, and, on his return, stifled a coup attempt against President Sadat. That same month, he replaced the anti-Soviet general Mohammed Ahmed Sadek as Minister of Defence, and was promoted to full general. His skill as a strategist, and his success in reviving the morale of the Egyptian army became evident in the October War of 1973. Following the war, he was made a Field Marshal in November 1973.

DeathEdit

Ali died in December 1974 from advanced cancer in London, at the age of just 57.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fouad Saleh al-Sayed (2015). The greatest contemporary events (1900–2014) (in Arabic). Al Manhal. p. 537. ISBN 9796500148564.

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