Marshal Ferdinand Foch

Marshal Ferdinand Foch

Played by Denis Lamonde.

Born in 1851 in Tarbes, France, Ferdinand Foch would go on to become the Supreme Allied Commander towards the end of World War One. Foch first became interested in the military upon hearing stories from his Grandfather, who had been an officer in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. After leaving school, he joined the army in 1871 and served in the Franco- Prussian war. In the following years he was promoted to major general and then lieutenant general, putting him in charge of the XX Corps. It was during this time that World War One broke and Foch was deployed to Lorraine to fight in the right flank.

During the war, Foch’s tenacity impressed and he was promoted to chief of the war minister’s general staff. His most important role, however, would come on March 26th, 1918, when he was appointed Supreme Allied Commander. This came at a crucial time, as it followed the events of the German Spring Offensive, where the Allies had been pushed back to their 1914 lines. Now, moving forward, the Allies would be united under a single strategic commander: Foch. Following his appointment, Foch would go on to be honoured as a marshal of France and would bring a leadership that was instrumental to the success at the Battle of Amiens – and of the 100 Days Offensive at large. Finally, after Germany called for armistice, it was Foch who dictated the conditions on behalf of the Allies. At the conclusion of the war, Foch was bestowed with more honours still; he became a marshal of Poland and Great Britain too. Foch died in 1929 aged 77, and was buried in Paris.