Street Talk – Foch Street, Mowbray

April 22, 2020 | MowbrayStreet & Suburb HistoryStreet Talk

Foch Street was named after General Ferdinand Foch (1851-1929) who was promoted to Commander in August 1914.

He was in charge of the French second army and ended the war as Supreme Allied Commander.

He became prominent as the man in charge of the French at the Battle of the Marne, which stopped the German advance on Paris. Foch always emphasised the importance of the WILL to win: “a battle won is a battle in which one will not acknowledge oneself beaten”.

He is given credit for coming up with the strategy to end the war and was later made an honorary Field Marshal in the British Army, a singular honour. He was a key negotiator in the treaty of Versailles but failed in getting the terms he thought would limit Germany from war again.

On his death he lay in state beside the grave of the Unknown Solder at the Arc de Triomphe and was buried next to Napoleon’s Tomb. It would not be inappropriate to say that Foch’s skill won the European War for the Allies.

  

 

                       

 

 

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