Ahmad Ismail Ali

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Ahmad Ismail Ali
أحمد إسماعيل علي
Field Marshal Ahmed Ismail Ali.jpg
Minister of Defence of Egypt
In office
President Anwar El-Sadat
Preceded by Mohammed Ahmed Sadek
Succeeded by Abdel Ghani el-Gamasy
Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate
In office
President Muhammad Naguib, Gamal Abdel Nasser
Preceded by Ahmad Kamel
Succeeded by Karim El-Leithy
Personal details
Born 14 October 1917
Died 26 December 1974 (aged 57)
Military service
Allegiance  Kingdom of Egypt
 United Arab Republic
Service/branch  Egyptian Army
Years of service 1938–1974
Rank EgyptianArmyInsignia-FieldMarshal.svg Field Marshal
Unit 16th Cavalry
Commands Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Second World War

1948 Arab–Israeli War
Tripartite Aggression (Suez Crisis)
Six-Day War

Yom Kippur War

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.

Military career[edit]

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 Muhammad Sadeq 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.


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

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