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GENERAL FERDINAND FOCH
French field marshal, commander of Allied forces in World War I
(1851 - 1929)

I am going on to the Rhine. If you oppose me, so much the worse for you, but whether you sign an armistice or not, I do not stop until I reach the Rhine.
      - to the Germans who came to ask for an armistice, as reported by G. Ward Price in the London "Daily Mail"
        [War]

My right has been rolled up. My left has been driven back. My center has been smashed. I have ordered an advance from all directions.
      - in a letter to Marshal Joffre during the Battle of the Marne
        [War]

Not worth twopence, (or I don't care twopence).
      - his favorite expression, hence his nickname "General Deux Sous"
        [Worth]

Our peace must be a peace of victors, not of the vanquished.
      - as reported by G. Ward Price in the London "Daily Mail"
        [Victory]

Then came the attack in the Amiens sector on August 8. That went well, too. The moment had arrived. I ordered General Humbert to attack in his turn. "No reserves." No matter. Allez-y (Get on with it) I tell Marshal Haig to attack, too. He's short of men also. Attack all the same. There we are advancing everywhere--the whole line! En avant! Hup!
      - in an interview with G. Ward Price, correspondent of the London "Daily Mail"
        [War]

Victory is a thing of the will.
      - one of his favorite maxims [Victory]

All the same, the fundamental truths which govern that art are still unchangeable; just as the principles of mechanics must always govern architecture, whether the building be made of wood, stone, iron or concrete; just as the principles of harmony govern music of whatever kind. It is still necessary, then, to establish the principles of war.
      - Principles of War,
        from the preface written for the post-bellum edition
        [War]


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