Syed Ahmed El Edroos
Syed Ahmed El-Edroos
|Born||3 March 1899|
Sangareddy, Telegana, India
|Died||20 July 1962|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
Syed Ahmed El-Edroos was of Arab Hadhrami descent. He was a Ba'Alawi Sayyed of the Bani Hashim meaning he belonged to a Hashemite family i.e. a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad. He was commissioned in 1919. El-Edroos participated in both World Wars, serving in the 1st Hyderabad Lancers.
El-Edroos was a close confidante and trusted aide of the Nizam of Hyderabad. His brothers were also senior officers and distinguished members of the Nizam's army.
In September 1948 El-Edroos held the rank of Major-General and Commander of the State Army of Hyderabad. This numbered 6,000 men and consisted of three armored regiments, a horse cavalry regiment, 11 infantry battalions and artillery. It was supported by 18,000 poorly armed and trained irregulars. In the course of Operation Polo the Indian Army was able to scatter this mixed force in five days of fighting. General El-Edroos, who had advised the Nizam against opposing the entry of Indian forces, surrendered on 17 September.
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.
- Operation Polo
- Hyderabadi Muslims
- Hyderabad State
- Muslim culture of Hyderabad
- History of Hyderabad
- Hyderabad (India)
- Indian annexation of Hyderabad
- INDIA: The Happy War, Time (magazine), 27 September 1948
- End of a State, Life (magazine), 11 October 1948
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