The movie “25 January” embodies the epic of the policemen’s heroism in the Ismailia site.. Video


The movie “25 January”‎‎It embodies the sacrifices and efforts of the police since the famous Ismailia battle in 1952, in which the policemen valiantly defended our country against the English occupier.

The story of the police battle began on the morning of Friday, January 25, 1952, when the British commander in the canal area, Brigadier Aksham, summoned the Egyptian liaison officer, and handed him a warning that the Egyptian police forces in Ismailia would hand over their weapons to the British forces, and leave the canal area and withdraw to Cairo. He was from the governorate, but she refused the British warning and informed it to Fouad Serageldin, the Minister of the Interior at that time, who asked her to persevere, to resist and not to surrender..

This incident was the most important reason for the outbreak of disobedience among the police forces, or what was called the regime’s blocks at the time, which made Exham and his forces besieged the city and divided it into the Arab neighborhood and the Al-Franj neighborhood, and put a barbed wire between the two areas, so that no one of the governorate’s residents could reach the area. The upscale neighborhood is the place of residence for foreigners.

These reasons are not only what led to the outbreak of the battle, but there were other reasons after the cancellation of Treaty 36 on October 8, 1951, where Britain was very angry and considered the cancellation of the treaty the beginning of igniting war on the Egyptians, and tightening the grip of the English colonizer on Egyptian cities, including the cities of the Canal, which were A major center for the British camps, and the first episodes of struggle against the colonialists began, and massive demonstrations began to demand the evacuation of the British..

On October 16, 1951, the first spark of rebellion against the colonial presence began, with the burning of “Al-Nafi”, a warehouse for supplies and seafood for the British, whose headquarters was in Orabi Square in the center of the city of Ismailia. Organizing their efforts to fight the British were the events of January 25, 1952.

The brutal massacre began at seven in the morning, and the 25-pound field guns and the huge 100-millimeter Centurion tanks launched their bombs on the governorate building, and the barracks of the regime’s blocks without mercy or mercy, and after the walls were undermined and blood spilled. In the rivers, General Exham ordered to stop the beating for a short period in order to announce to the policemen trapped inside his last warning, which is to surrender and leave with hands and without their weapons, otherwise his forces will resume the beating with maximum intensity.

The arrogant British commander was astonished when the response came from a young officer of a small rank, but he was full of enthusiasm and patriotism, Captain Mustafa Rifaat. The British resumed the infamous massacre. Cannons fired, tanks roared, and bombs rained down on the buildings until they were reduced to rubble, while body parts were scattered in their corners, and the land was covered with pure blood. ?

Despite that hell, the police heroes remained steadfast in their positions, resisting with their old Lee Enfield rifles against the most powerful guns and the latest British weapons until they ran out of ammunition, and 56 martyrs and 80 wounded fell from them in the battle. British officers 13 killed and 12 wounded, and the British captured the surviving officers and soldiers, led by their commander, Major General Ahmed Raif, and they were not released until February 1952..

General Exham could not hide his admiration for the bravery of the Egyptians, so he told Lieutenant Colonel Sharif Al-Abed, the liaison officer: The Egyptian policemen fought with honor and surrendered with honor, and therefore it is our duty to respect them all, officers and soldiers. The soldiers of a British platoon, by order of General Exham, performed the military salute to the column of Egyptian policemen when they left the governorate house and passed in front of them in honor of them and in appreciation of their courage, and so that the heroisms of the martyrs of the Egyptian policemen in their battle against the British occupation would be remembered, to be preserved and sung by adults and young people. The memory of the Egyptian child is aware and celebrates it.


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