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Marshal Foch

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 15th November 2015.

The Presentation this week was by Dr John Derry (Emeritus Professor in History at Newcastle University) entitled “Marshal Foch” which covered his carrier from 1871 until his death in 1929.

Ferdinand was a devout catholic and due to historical events this hampered him removing him from field posts to staff positions more than once because of their fears of a religious revolution.

Foch is now seen as the architect of victory in 1918 as he was appointed in March 1918 to be in charge of coordinating all the allied forces on the western front at which he did a very good job resulting in his promotion to Marshal of France and later given an honorary rank in the British army by King George V of Field Marshal this has not been extended to any other Frenchmen.

His views on war strategy conflicted with the established French commanders and it was his action of using the artillery, tanks and aircraft before the infantry advanced proved to work much better along with a well planned defense against any counter attack. It is said that Ferdinand was the greatest solder since Napoleon and when he died he was buried next to Napoleon himself.

This was a very thought provoking presentation and was well received by our members.

Questions followed on several points to conclude the presentation.

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