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Ferdinand Foch

1851-1929 ,  French field marshal
Ferdinand FochFrench general and commander of Allied forces during the closing months of World War I, generally considered the leader most responsible for the Allied victory.

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

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.

In whatever position you find yourself, determine first your objective.

It takes 15,000 casualties to train a major general.

The military mind always imagines that the next war will be on the same lines as the last. That has never been the case and never will be.

The unknown is the governing principle of war.

My center is giving way, my right is retreating, situation excellent, I am attacking.

message to Marshal Joseph Joffre during the 1st Battle of the Marne, Sep 1914

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

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

on the Treaty of Versailles

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Airplanes are interesting toys but without military value.

said it in 1911, before WW I


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