Desta Damtew

Desta Damtew

Ethiopian Noble and Army Commander

Ras Desta Damtew was an Ethiopian noble, an army commander, and a son-in-law of Emperor Haile Selassie I.

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1896 Birth Born at the village of Maskan (in the contemporary Gurage Zone), Desta Damtew was the second son of Fitawrari Damtew Ketena. His older brother was Abebe Damtew. In 1896, Fitawrari Damtew Ketena was killed at the Battle of Adwa. … Read More


1916 20 Years Old In 1916, Desta Damtew supported Tafari Makonnen against Lij Iyasu. … Read More
1920 24 Years Old In 1920, Desta Damtew was in the party that captured Lij Iyasu.
1924 28 Years Old In 1924, Desta Damtew married Tafari Makonnen's daughter Leult Tenagnework Haile Selassie. … Read More


1928 32 Years Old By 1928, Negus Tafari Makonnen appointed his son-in-law Desta Damtew as Dejazmach and as Shum of Kefa Province.
1932 36 Years Old In 1932, Emperor Haile Selassie I appointed Desta Damtew as a Ras. … Read More
1933 37 Years Old In 1933, Ras Desta Damtew traveled to America to return the visit of the United States representative to the coronation of Haile Selassie. … Read More
1935 39 Years Old In 1935, Ras Desta commanded troops along the southern border of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.


1936 40 Years Old In January 1936, he was defeated by the Italian General Rodolfo Graziani at the Battle of Ganale Dorya. … Read More
1937 41 Years Old Died in 1937.
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