Ahmed Hamdi

Ahmed Hamdi
الشهيد أحمد حمدي.jpg
Personal information
Born 20 May 1929
Mansoura, Egypt
Died 14 October 1973(1973-10-14) (aged 44)
Suez Canal, Egypt
Sport Sports shooting
Medal record
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1951 Alexandria free rifle, 300 m
Gold medal – first place 1951 Alexandria small-borne rifle, 50 m

Ahmed Hamdi (20 May 1929 – 14 October 1973) was an Egyptian engineer and a general of the third army of Egypt during the October War. He was killed while crossing the Suez Canal with his soldiers and was awarded the Sinai star posthumously.[1][2]


Hamdi was a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University. In 1951 he joined the Egyptian Air Force, transferring to the engineering force in 1954. Hamdi travelled to the Soviet Union, where he passed a training for leaders at the M. V. Frunze Military Academy. In the War of 1956 he was known as "the pure hand" because he disarmed thousands of landmines. In 1967, he ordered blowing up the El Ferdan Railway Bridge to prevent Israeli soldiers from using it. He also installed watchtowers on the western bank of the Suez Canal beneath trees in order to watch Israeli troops' movements when there were no means or sand hills, having chosen the location of the towers himself.

West entry of Ahmed Hamdi-Tunnel which undergoes the Suez Canal (Egypt)

In 1971, he was in charge of the preparation of a group of soldiers who had to install a bridge which will assure the safe transfer of the 3rd army to the other side of the Suez Canal. Hamdi found the idea of throwing pressurised water on the Bar-Lev wall to destroy it. He was the leader of the engineering group that was in charge of the engineering works of the 3rd army, which was then the most important group fighting in the Yom Kippur (6 October War). In 1971, he was in charge of preparing a group of troops to install a new bridge that would assure the safe crossing of the 3rd army to the other side of the canal. He had also helped in the development of the Soviet production bridges, in order to adapt them to the Suez Canal situation. He shortened the Russian bridge deployment method from 12 hours to 4 hours.

He was wounded while the Egyptian army was crossing the canal on one of his bridges. He was later shot and killed during the same operation, having refused to stay in the command center with other generals in order to be with his officers and soldiers. Egypt honored him by dedicating to his name the Sinai Star (first rank), which is the prize is the highest military award in Egypt. His death day was made the holiday of Engineer Day. President Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat named a tunnel that links Sinai to the rest of Egypt after him, the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel.

Hamdi was also an international sport shooter for Egypt. He competed in three events at the 1952 Summer Olympics[3] and won two gold medals at the 1951 Mediterranean Games.[4]


  1. ^ الشهيد أحمد حمدى, موقع حرب أكتوبر
  2. ^ أوسمة الأبطال Archived 5 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, إبراهيم خليل إبراهيم
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ahmed Hamdy". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Ahmed Hamdy". Olympedia.org. Retrieved 11 June 2020.

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