Abdel Hakim Amer

Egyptian politician and general Abdel Hakim Amer

Mohamed Abdel Hakim Amer was an Egyptian general and political leader. Born in Astal, Samallot, in the Al Minya Governorate in 1919, he served in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, took part in the 1952 Revolution and commanded the Egyptian Army in the Suez Crisis, the North Yemen Civil War and the Six-Day War.
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  • 1967
    Age 47
    According to the official Egyptian position, Amer was rushed to hospital on 13 September 1967 in an attempt to save his life after he attempted suicide by swallowing "a large amount of poison pills" upon the arrival of Egyptian officers to question him.
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    Many historians have stated that much the Egyptian military's failures in the 1967 war can be laid at the feet of Amer.
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    Amer's distinguished career came to a sudden end after Egypt's crushing defeat by Israel in the Six-Day War of June 1967.
  • 1964
    Age 44
    In March 1964, Amer was made first vice-president to Nasser and deputy supreme commander, with the power to rule for 60 days if the president was incapacitated.
  • 1961
    Age 41
    As Nasser's representative in Syria, Amer was detained by rebels during the 1961 Syrian coup d'état and sent back to Cairo.
  • 1956
    Age 36
    He also led Egyptian forces against both Israeli and allied British-French forces during the 1956 Suez war.
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    In 1956, Amer was appointed commander-in-chief of the joint military command established by Egypt and Syria.
  • 1952
    Age 32
    Amer played a leading role in the military coup that overthrew King Farouk in 1952 and which brought General Muhammad Naguib and Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser to power.
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  • 1948
    Age 28
    Amer served in the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, took part in the 1952 Revolution and commanded the Egyptian Army in the Suez Crisis, the North Yemen Civil War and the Six-Day War.
  • 1939
    Age 19
    He was commissioned into the Egyptian Army in 1939.
  • 1938
    Age 18
    After finishing grade school, he attended the Cairo Military Academy and graduated in 1938.
  • 1919
    Amer was born in Astal, Samallot, in the Al Minya Governorate on 11 December 1919.
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