The Egyptian Republican Guard
: قوات الحرس الجمهوري
: El-Haras el-Gomhoury
) is a Division
level command within the Egyptian Army
, designed to be an armored division with the main responsibilities of defending the President
of the Republic as well as the major presidential and strategic institutions, including the Presidential Palaces
, Command centers, and presidential airports. It is one of the largest Divisional commands in Egypt with a heavy emphasis on Armoured and Mechanized warfare. It is the most senior Corps
in the Egyptian Army
. The Republican Guard
is the only division in the Egyptian Armed Forces
that receives commands only from its commander and the president not from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
led by the minister of defense.
Egyptian Republican Guard honor guard
welcomes U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a welcoming ceremony to Cairo, Egypt, April 21, 2009.
The Republican Guard Division is the only significant military unit allowed in central Cairo
The Republican Guard House, or the Republican Guard Club, is located on Salah Salem Street, next to the El Obour Buildings. It is a recreational club for Republican Guard officers and has a wedding hall used for weddings. It witnessed a sit-in outside its walls by supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 due to their belief that he was being kept inside.
History and present role
It was created subsequent to the 1952 movement
by Gen. Mohammad Laithi Nassif
(1922 - 24 August 1973), on the instructions of Egypt's second President
, Gamal Abdel Nasser
. Its tasks were to protect the Presidency, and the national government in Cairo
. Known originally as the National Guard, it was mainly a paramilitary force, but was expanded into a large military force, first at a brigade level in the 1950s and 1960s, and incorporated into the Egyptian Armored Corps
in 1985. It was still the size of an armoured brigade in 1990,
but was then augmented to division level,
Secondary duties are to protect presidential sites and important State buildings in Cairo
(such as the Federal Palace, the Dome Palace, the Abdeen Palace
and the Tahra Palace
to provide Honor Guard
and security services for the highest national personalities and important foreign guests; and to respond to any rebellion, coup, or other threat to the government of the Republic.
Members are mainly but not exclusively volunteers on deputation from other Army units, mainly armored and mechanized units, who receive bonuses and subsidized housing, and received greater training than the regular army. The Egyptian Republican Guard, however, doesn't recruit directly from the population, unlike their Syrian, Yemeni, and (formerly) Iraqi counterparts. The bulk of its troops are recruited from other Army units, mainly on the basis of performance and advanced training in urban and other types of modern warfare.
Generally components of one or more Brigades of the Guard have been deployed to forward divisions on Egypt's eastern and western borders.
The Military Police
battalions of the Republican Guard have often been deployed as conventional Riot Police
armed with teargas, water cannons and batons, especially during civil unrest targeting key Defence installations and buildings.
The Republican Guard is under the direct command of the Ministry of Defense. Its current commander is General Mohammed Zaki
Commanders of the Republican Guard
- Staff Brigadier General Mustafa Shawkat (February 2020 - present)
- Staff General / Ahmed Ali (2017 - 2020)
- Lieutenant General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki (August 12, 2012 - TBC)
- Brigade / Naguib Abdel Salam
- Staff General / Sami Abu Al-Atta Diab
- Staff General / Muhammad Hani Metwally
- Staff General / Sabri Al-Adawi (December 2001)
- Staff General / Mahmoud Khalaf
- earlier commanders
- HQ Republican Guard Armored Division (aka 1st Republican Guard Armored Division)
- Armored brigades
2 Armored Brigades (33rd & 35th)
- 4 Armored Battalions (118th, 119th, 120th, 121st)
- 2 Mechanized Battalions (41st & 42nd)
- Mechanized Brigades
2 Mechanized Brigades (510th & 512th)
- 6 Mechanized Battalions (41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th)
- 2 Armored Battalions (116th & 117th)
- 1 S/P Artillery Brigade Command H.Q. (Brigade level)
4 S/P Artillery Battalions (1st to 4th)
16 S/P Artillery Batteries
Uniform and Insignia
Ceremonial parade uniform.
The Republican Guard has a distinctive uniform different from that of the regular Egyptian Army. The service uniform of the Guards is of a tan color with a distinctive blue beret and epaulets. A blue-grey parade uniform is worn by honor guard and other ceremonial detachments. The Military Police battalions wear a red beret, with a red colored helmet when deployed in riot control duties.
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