Ferdinand Foch
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"Ferdinand Foch" (), (2 October 1851 – 20 March 1929) was a France/French soldier, military theorist and the Allies of World War I/Allied Generalissimo/Généralissime during the World War I/First World War.

At the outbreak of war in August 1914, Foch's XX Corps participated in the brief Battle of Lorraine/invasion of Germany before retiring in the face of a German counter-attack and successfully blocking the Germans short of Nancy, France/Nancy. Ordered west to defend Paris, Foch's prestige soared as a result of the First Battle of the Marne/victory at the Marne, for which he was widely credited as a chief protagonist while commanding the French Ninth Army. He was then promoted again to command Army Group North, in which role he was required to cooperate with the British forces at First Battle of Ypres/Ypres and the Battle of the Somme/Somme. At the end of 1916, partly owing to the failure or stalemate of these offensives and partly owing to wartime political rivalries, Foch was removed from command.

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