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Foch the Man A Life of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Armies   By: (1873-1941)

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FOCH THE MAN

A Life of the Supreme Commander of the Allied Armies

by

CLARA E. LAUGHLIN

With Appreciation by Lieut. Col. Edouard Réquin of the French High Commission to the United States

With Illustrations

Revised and Enlarged Edition

[Frontispiece: Marshal Foch at the Peace Conference.]

New York Chicago Fleming H. Revell Company London and Edinburgh Copyright, 1918, 1919, by Fleming H. Revell Company First Printing November 11, 1918 Second Printing November 19, 1918 Third Printing November 29, 1918 Fourth Printing December 7, 1918 Fifth Printing January 9, 1919 Sixth Printing May 1, 1919

DEDICATION

TO THE MEN WHO HAVE FOUGHT UNDER GENERAL FOCH'S COMMAND. TO ALL Of THEM, IN ALL GRATITUDE. BUT IN AN ESPECIAL WAY TO THE MEN OF THE 42D DIVISION, THE SPLENDOR OF WHOSE CONDUCT ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1914, NO PEN WILL EVER BE ABLE ADEQUATELY TO COMMEMORATE.

[Illustration: Hand written letter from Foch.]

[Illustration: Page 1 of hand written letter from Lt. Colonel E. Réquin to Clara Laughlin.]

[Illustration: Page 2 of hand written letter from Lt. Colonel E. Réquin to Clara Laughlin.]

[Transcriber's note: The letter in the second and third illustrations is shown translated on the following page.]

Dear MADEMOISELLE LAUGHLIN:

I have read with the keenest interest your sketch of the life of Marshal Foch. It is not yet history: we are too close to events to write it now, but it is the story of a great leader of men on which I felicitate you because of your real understanding of his character.

Christian, Frenchman, soldier, Foch will be held up as an example for future generations as much for his high moral standard as for his military genius.

It seems that in writing about him the style rises with the noble sentiments which inspire him.

Thus in form of presentation as well as in substance you convey admirably the great lesson which applies to each one of us from the life of Marshal Foch.

Please accept, Mademoiselle, this expression of my respectful regards.

LT. COLONEL E. RÉQUIN.

"THEY SHALL NOT PASS!"

Three Spirits stood on the mountain peak And gazed on a world of red, Red with the blood of heroes, The living and the dead; A mighty force of Evil strove With freemen, mass on mass. Three Spirits stood on the mountain peak And cried: "They shall not pass!"

The Spirits of Love and Sacrifice, The Spirit of Freedom, too, They called to the men they had dwelt among Of the Old World and the New! And the men came forth at the trumpet call, Yea, every creed and class; And they stood with the Spirits who called to them, And cried: "They shall not pass!"

Far down the road of the Future Day I see the world of Tomorrow; Men and women at work and play, In the midst of their joy and sorrow. And every night by the red firelight, When the children gather 'round They tell the tale of the men of old. These noble ancestors, grim and bold, Who bravely held their ground. In thrilling accents they often speak Of the Spirits Three on the mountain peak.

O Freedom, Love and Sacrifice You claimed our men, alas! Yet everlasting peace is theirs Who cried, "They shall not pass!"

ARTHUR A. PENN.

Reprinted by permission of M. Witmark & Sons, N. Y.

Publishers of the musical setting to this poem.

CONTENTS

I. WHERE HE WAS BORN

Stirring traditions and historic scenes which surrounded him in childhood.

II. BOYHOOD SURROUNDINGS

The horsemarkets at Tarbes. The school. Foch at twelve a student of Napoleon.

III. A YOUNG SOLDIER OF A LOST CAUSE

What Foch suffered in the defeat of France by the Prussians.

IV. PARIS AFTER THE GERMANS LEFT

Foch begins his military studies, determined to be ready when France should again need defense.

V. LEARNING TO BE A ROUGH RIDER

Begins to specialize in cavalry training. The school at Saumur.

VI. FIRST YEARS IN BRITTANY

Seven years at Rennes as artillery captain and always student of war... Continue reading book >>




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