Ferdinand Foch
Historical Figure
Nationality: France
Date of Birth: 1851
Date of Death: 1929
Cause of Death: Influenza
Occupation: Soldier, Educator, Author of Non-Fiction
Military Branch: French Army (Franco-Prussian War, World War I)
Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Diplomat

Ferdinand Foch (2 October 1851 - 20 March 1929) was a French soldier, military theorist, and writer. A veteran of the Franco-Prussian War, Foch published a series of analyses on French tactics. He served as a general in the French Army during World War I. In 1918, he was made Marshal of France. A few months later, he was made Supreme Allied commander. He accepted Germany's call for peace in November 1918. After the Treaty of Versailles, Foch stated that it would merely be "an armistice for 20 years."

Ferdinand Foch in Southern Victory[]

Ferdinand Foch had enlisted as a soldier in the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871, and chose to stay on in the army after his country's defeat. 

By 1881, he was a major and the French military attaché to the United States, stationed in Washington, DC when the Second Mexican War began later that year.  When France declared war on the Union after the United Kingdom did, it resulted in his expulsion from the country, just before the city was shelled by Confederate guns. His German counterpart, Alfred von Schlieffen, noticed Foch as they all left the city. Foch returned Schlieffen's nod as a courtesy.[1]


  1. How Few Remain, pg. 94.