Desta Damtew

Ethiopian noble and army commander Desta Damtew

Ras Desta Damtew was an Ethiopian noble, an army commander, and a son-in-law of Emperor Haile Selassie I.
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  • 1937
    Died in 1937.
  • 1936
    In January 1936, he was defeated by the Italian General Rodolfo Graziani at the Battle of Ganale Dorya.
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  • 1935
    In 1935, Ras Desta commanded troops along the southern border of Ethiopia during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
  • 1933
    In 1933, Ras Desta Damtew traveled to America to return the visit of the United States representative to the coronation of Haile Selassie.
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  • 1932
    In 1932, Emperor Haile Selassie I appointed Desta Damtew as a Ras.
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  • 1928
    By 1928, Negus Tafari Makonnen appointed his son-in-law Desta Damtew as Dejazmach and as Shum of Kefa Province.
  • 1924
    In 1924, Desta Damtew married Tafari Makonnen's daughter Leult Tenagnework Haile Selassie.
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  • 1920
    In 1920, Desta Damtew was in the party that captured Lij Iyasu.
  • 1916
    In 1916, Desta Damtew supported Tafari Makonnen against Lij Iyasu.
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  • 1896
    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.
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