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Ferdinand Foch

Geburtstag: 2. Oktober 1851
Todesdatum: 20. März 1929

Ferdinand Foch [fɔʃ] war ein französischer Marschall im Ersten Weltkrieg.

Photo: Melcy, photographer / Public domain

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„Das ist kein Frieden. Es ist ein Waffenstillstand auf 20 Jahre.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

über den Friedensvertrag von Versailles, zitiert in Paul Reynaud: Memoires (1963) Band 2, S. 457

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Mon centre cède, ma droite recule, situation excellente, j'attaque.
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

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 214
Kontext: 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.

„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

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 211
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 105
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 214
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p.
Kontext: 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.

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 108
Kontext: 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.

„The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

The Book of Positive Quotations (2007) by John Cook, Steve Deger, and Leslie Ann Gibson, p. 370
Victory is a thing of the will.
perhaps a different and better translation of the same remark) quoted by Barbara Tuchman in The Guns of August (Random House, 1962

„A radish will never stand in the way of victory.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

As quoted in M*A*S*H, Season 3, Episode 1, "The General Flipped At Dawn"; this seems to be a jocular fabrication.
Misattributed

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

—  Ferdinand Foch

Les avions sont des jouets intéressants mais n'ont aucune utilité militaire
Said in 1911 as quoted Time : A Traveler's Guide (1998) by Clifford A. Pickover, p. 249

„What you did was the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all of the armies of Europe.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

To Alvin C. York, on his extraordinary capture of over a hundred enemy troops behind enemy lines, as quoted in the Preface of Sergeant York And His People (1922) http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/19117 by Sam K. Cowan

„This is not a peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

Said after the Treaty of Versailles, as quoted in Memoires (1963) by Paul Reynaud, vol. 2, p. 457

„The unknown is the governing condition of war.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 209

„Every manoeuvre must be the development of a scheme; it must aim at a goal.“

—  Ferdinand Foch

Quelle: Precepts and Judgments (1919), p. 175

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