FOCH Ferdinand - Autograph Message Signed 1927 to the American Legion
Ferdinand FOCH (1851-1929)
Autograph Message Signed (“F. Foch”) to the American Legion, 1 page 8vo in French on paper headed simply “Le Maréchal Foch”, n.p., 15 September 1927.
Foch, who assumed command of the combined allied forces in May 1918, writes warmly to those who fought alongside him: “To the American Legion: There is no closer fraternity than that of arms, nor greater satisfaction than that of seeing again those who were comrades in victory.”
This message was evidently issued to mark a return to France of Americans who had fought there ten years earlier. America’s entry into the conflict in April 1917 marked the decisive turning point of the war. Foch, who bitterly resented the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine, had the satisfaction of seeing the territory returned to France after the German defeat. When he died, two years after this message, he was buried in the Invalides, near Napoleon, under whom his grandfather had fought.
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