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Paperback, General Books, 2010, ISBN13 9781443203265, ISBN10 1443203262
Excerpt: ...which otherwise would be brutal, with its big mustache bristling above a very prominent, dominant jaw. "When he speaks, pointing lessons from the maneuver, he becomes animated to the extent of impassionedness, but never expressing himself otherwise than with simplicity and purity. "His speech is sober, direct; he affirms principles, condemns faults, appeals to our energies in a brief but comprehensive style. "He is a priest, who judges, condemns, and instructs in the name of the faith which illumines him and to which he has consecrated all the powers of his mind and his heart. General Foch is a prophet whom his God transports." The young officer who wrote thus to his parents was Captain Andre Dubarle; and he later laid down his life for his country on the field of honor commanded by General Foch. The letter seems to me as treasurable for what it conveys to us of the sort of young man Foch found among his officers and soldiers (there were many such ) as for what it tells us of the impression Foch created even in those days before men's souls were set on fire with fervor for France. On July 18 General Foch asked and obtained a leave of absence for fifteen days, so that he might join the family group gathered at his home near Morlaix in Brittany. His two sons-in-law, Captain Fournier and Captain Becourt, also obtained leave. The former was attached to the general army staff at Paris, and was granted seventeen days. The latter was in command of a company of the Twenty-sixth battalion of Foot Chasseurs at Pont-a-Mousson. He was given twenty-five days' leave. The wives and children of both were at Morlaix with Madame Foch. So little expectation of immediate war had France on July 18 that she granted a fortnight's absence to the commander of those troops which were expected to bear the first shock of German aggression when it came. But I happen to know of a French family reunion held at Nancy on July 14 and the days following, which was incomplete. One of...
|Number of Pages:||64|
|Number in Series:||1|
|Subject:||FOCH, FERDINAND, 1851-1929|
|Author:||Laughlin, Clara E.|
|Publication Date:||August, 2012|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||7.44 x 0.13 x 9.69 Inches|
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