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Who was the French general in World War 1?

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September 13, 2011 9:13PM

here is a great answer.

Warluster for the credit :)

Well, there are quite a few from World War One

The very first Commander and CHief was Joseph Joffre. He was

quite old; as were most French generals, and was admired very much

by the people and some of the army (When I say some, that is in the

first year.) so he earned the nickname Papa Joffre. He made some

terrible mistakes, and ignored things as he was too proud and

stubborn. He actually led the Defense of Paris in the Franco

Prussian war of the previous century. He was fired in 1916 after

Somme. (3 August 1914 - 13 December 1916)

The second was Robert Nivelle. Actualy young for a French

general, he was very inexperinced compared to Joffre and his

succesors, with only experince from the Boxer Rebellion of 1905. He

earnt the rank of Comander and Chief after a amazing counter attack

at Verdun, the bloodiest French, or even any battle, in the war.

THis was overshadowed by what then happened. He led wave after wave

of horrible attacks which kill thousands upon thousands of his own

men, using tactics which were proved ineffective in the Franco

Prussian war. He then devised a offensive, the Nivelle offensive,

which proved quite successful compared to other battles of the war.

The offensive broke down after 100 000 French soldiers died, and

the medical services broke down. Several weeks/month's later hwas

gone. (13 December 1916 - April 1917)

The third, and most famous of them all, was Philippe Petain.

After Nivelle the French army mutined, but petain skillfuly handled

it so a crisis was avoided. Following this major succes Petain

refused to operate any more major offensives until more American

forces came, unlike the British who lost thousands of British and

Commonwealth troops. But he was also waiting for more tanks and as

quoted: 'I am waiting for more tanks, and more Americans' . A

massive German attack in 1918 though broke through his lines

because commanders of infeiror rank didn't follow orders. Petain

was punished and stripped of rights. In 1940 he became Prsident of

France, then leading the Pro Nazi Vichy government.

The final General Ferdinand Foch. In March, 1918 Foch was

appointed Supreme Commander of Allied Forces. THis covered every

single Allied force from the British and Commonwealth soldiers, to

the French and the new Americans. Foch handled the end of the war

well, coordanating offensives and introducing the Americans in

comfrtoably, using them, well in offensives and pushing the Germans

back into the Hindenburg line. A amazing General, probably the best

egneral of the whole war. he held Paris easiloy, and as quoted: 'I

will fight in front of Paris, I will fight in Paris, I will fight

behind Paris'. Along with Haig he was one of the generals who

accepted the German surrender in Novmber. He was inducted in Les

Invalides where he lay alongisde some of France's most amazing

people, including Napoleon. Foch's was the only tomb left alone

when the Germans held Paris during World War Two. He was named

Marshal of France, Marshal of Poland and Grand Marshal of Britain

and has numerous statues through Poland, Britain, France and the



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