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Ferdinand Foch

Data di nascita: 2. Ottobre 1851
Data di morte: 20. Marzo 1929

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Ferdinand Foch è stato un generale francese.

Ufficiale d'artiglieria tecnicamente preparato, fu tra i teorici principali dell'esercito francese nel periodo precedente la prima guerra mondiale e un assertore delle nuove aggressive concezioni belliche dell'offensiva ad oltranza, dell'élan, della mistique della volontà . Svolse ruoli di comando di grande importanza durante la Grande Guerra a partire dalla prima battaglia della Marna. Dopo alcuni insuccessi e una temporanea perdita di influenza all'interno dell'esercito, nell'aprile 1918 divenne, su decisione dei governi dell'Intesa, il comandante in capo di tutti gli eserciti alleati sul fronte occidentale e condusse la vittoriosa fase finale delle operazioni fino alla resa della Germania Imperiale.

Foch, generale dotato di grande spirito offensivo e capace di progettare ambiziose operazioni strategiche spesso rivelatesi impraticabili nella realtà concreta della guerra di trincea, venne considerato l'artefice della vittoria e raggiunse grande prestigio in tutto il mondo dopo la fine della guerra.

Frasi Ferdinand Foch

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„To be disciplined does not mean being silent, abstaining, or doing only what one thinks one may undertake without risk“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: To be disciplined does not mean being silent, abstaining, or doing only what one thinks one may undertake without risk; it is not the art of eluding responsibility; it means acting in compliance with orders received, and therefore finding in one's own mind, by effort and reflection, the possibility to carry out such orders. It also means finding in one's own will the energy to face the risks involved in execution. p.

„The laurels of victory are at the point of the enemy bayonets.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: The laurels of victory are at the point of the enemy bayonets. They must be plucked there; they must be carried by a hand-to-hand fight if one really means to conquer. p. 105

„The first obstacle is the enemy gun. It will be the first objective assigned to artillery masses.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: Against what should fire be opened? Against the obstacles which may delay the march of infantry. The first obstacle is the enemy gun. It will be the first objective assigned to artillery masses. p. 108

„An army is to a chief what a sword is to a soldier. It is only worth anything in so far as it receives from him a certain impulsion“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: An army is to a chief what a sword is to a soldier. It is only worth anything in so far as it receives from him a certain impulsion (direction and vigour). p. 138

„Everything in war is linked together, is mutually interdependent, mutually interpenetrating.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: The military art is not an accomplishment, an art for dilettante, a sport. You do not make war without reason, without an object, as you would give yourself up to music, painting, hunting, lawn tennis, where there is no great harm done whether you stop altogether or go on, whether you do little or much. Everything in war is linked together, is mutually interdependent, mutually interpenetrating. When you are at war you have no power to act at random. Each operation has a raison d'etre, that is an object; that object, once determined, fixes the nature and the value of the means to be resorted to as well as the use which ought to be made of the forces. p. 214

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„A war not only arises, but derives its nature, from the political ideas, the moral sentiments, and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: A war not only arises, but derives its nature, from the political ideas, the moral sentiments, and the international relations obtaining at the moment when it breaks out. This amounts to saying : try and know why and with the help of what you are going to act; then you will find out how to act. p. 211

„The military art is not an accomplishment, an art for dilettante, a sport.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Context: The military art is not an accomplishment, an art for dilettante, a sport. You do not make war without reason, without an object, as you would give yourself up to music, painting, hunting, lawn tennis, where there is no great harm done whether you stop altogether or go on, whether you do little or much. Everything in war is linked together, is mutually interdependent, mutually interpenetrating. When you are at war you have no power to act at random. Each operation has a raison d'etre, that is an object; that object, once determined, fixes the nature and the value of the means to be resorted to as well as the use which ought to be made of the forces. p. 214

„Airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Said in 1911 as quoted Time : A Traveler's Guide (1998) by Clifford A. Pickover, p. 249

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„None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.“

— Ferdinand Foch
As quoted in Encarta Book of Quotations (2000) by Bill Swainson and Anne H. Soukhanov, p. 338

„I am conscious of having served England as I served my own country.“

— Ferdinand Foch
As engraved on the statue of Ferdinand Foch on Grosvenor Square, London.

„My centre is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.“

— Ferdinand Foch
Message to Marshal Joseph Joffre during the First Battle of the Marne (8 September 1914), as quoted in Foch : Le Vainqueur de la Guerre (1919) by Raymond Recouly, Ch. 6

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