Syed Ahmed El Edroos

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El Edroos
Born 3 March 1899
Died 1962
Allegiance Hyderabad State
Rank Commander-in-chief
Battles/wars Operation Polo
Major General El Edroos (at right) offers his surrender of the Hyderabad State Forces to Major General (later General and Army Chief) Joyanto Nath Chaudhuri at Secunderabad.

Major-General Syed Ahmed El Edroos (Arabic: سيد احمد العيدروس‎) Saiyid Aḥmad al-‘aidarūs was the commander-in-chief of the Hyderabad State army at the time of the annexation of Hyderabad State by India in 1948.


He was of Arab Hadhrami descent. He started his commission in 1919. He participated in both world wars under 1st Hyderabad Lancers.

He was a close confidante and trusted aide of Nizam of Hyderabad. His brothers were also senior officers and distinguished members of the Nizam's army.

He advised the Nizam of Hyderabad, Osman Ali Khan, not to fight and surrendered to the Indian Army forces outside of Hyderabad city.[1]


His autobiography "Hyderabad of the Seven Loaves" was published in April 1994 and presented a historical account of the Asaf Jahi dynasty with an autobiographical sketch of the author, covering the events of Hyderabad's merger with the Indian Union. It narrates several anecdotes and facts about the city during the Nizami reign. The book also contains some rare pictures of the royal and aristocratic events that took place at the time.

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  1. ^ Leonard, Karen Isaksen (2007). Locating Home: India's Hyderabadis Abroad. Stanford University Press. pp. 25, 111. ISBN 0-8047-5442-X. 

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