Marshall Ferdinand Foch


"Au Diable Le Kaiser"


"Au Diable Le Kaiser"


MARSHALL Ferdinand FOCH (1851-1929)

"Au Diable Le Kaiser", Toby Jug Ca. 1918 Limited Edition 500.

DIMENSIONS: 12 1/2" high x 5"wide

BACKSTAMP: Wilkinson Ltd., England, Ca. 1918. Signed by F. Carruthers Gould. Exclusive to Soane & Smith Ltd. 482 Oxford Street, London



Elaborate Base with animal figures





Marshall Ferdinand FOCH, (1851-1929)

On the outbreak of the First World War Foch used part of the French Second army to block the German advance on Nancy. Promoted to commander of the Ninth Army, he led the French counter-attack at the Marne. His success led to further promotion and in October he was placed in charge of the French Northern Army on the Western Front. He held this post during the Battle of the Somme in the summer of 1916. When Robert Nivelle replaced Joseph Joffre as Commander-in-Chief of the French Army, Foch was recalled to Army Headquarters.

In 1918 during the German Spring Offensive Foch was promoted to Allied Supreme Commander on the West Front. Despite clashing with General John Pershing over the deployment of US forces, Foch managed to make a success of his role as allied coordinator. Foch therefore received the credit for masterminding the victory over Germany.

Foch headed Armistice negotiations and played an important role at the Paris Peace Conference. Foch took the view that it was vitality important that the terms made German military recovery impossible. Ferdinand Foch died in 1929.