Colonel Amirouche

Amirouche Aït Hamouda (in Kabyle: Ɛmiṛuc At Ḥemmuda; 31 October 1926 – 29 March 1959), commonly called Colonel Amirouche, was a leader in the Algerian War, organizing the maquis of the Wilaya III. He is considered a national hero in Algeria.


Amirouche Aït Hamouda
Native name
Ɛmiṛuc At Ḥemmuda
Birth nameAmirouche Aït Hamouda
Nickname(s)Wolf of Akfadou
Amirouche the terrible
Born(1926-10-31)31 October 1926
Tassaft Ouguemoun, Algeria
Died29 March 1959(1959-03-29) (aged 32)
Djebel Zamer, Bou Saâda, Algeria
Years of service1950–1959

He was killed during combat against French troops on 29 March 1959. This event was much publicized, as Amirouche was considered to be a great threat to the French in Algeria.

Secularist politician Nordine Ait Hamouda is his son.


He was born on 31 October 1926, at Tassaft Ouguemoun in Algeria.

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