Foch, Ferdinand
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Foch, Ferdinand

(October 2, 1851, Tarbes – March 20, 1929, Paris) French field marshal. In the course of the large-scale German offensive in March of 1918 the Allies realized that the lack of a central military command on the Western Front might result in a defeat. Up to that point, British generals (with some exceptions) had categorically refused to serve under French command. Now, however, General Foch was given the task of coordinating the operations of the French and British armies; later he r…

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Becker, Jean-Jacques, “Foch, Ferdinand”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0208>
First published online: 2015



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