The Memoirs of Marshal Foch

The Memoirs of Marshal Foch

The Memoirs of Marshal Foch

The Memoirs of Marshal Foch

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During all the time that Marshal Foch commanded the Allied Armies I served at his headquarters, having been appointed by General Pershing as liaison officer between him and the Marshal. General Weygand was chief of staff, Captain Boutal was aide-de-camp, and Captain Pupier attended to the non-military matters in the Marshal's ever increasing correspondence. These and a few other officers took their meals with the Marshal, while the rest of the staff, about a dozen in number, had a mess of their own, to which were invited the Italian, Belgian, and American liaison officers. The British mission, headed by that admirable soldier, Lieutenant General Sir John Du Cane, being quite numerous, messed in their own house.

Headquarters were first established during April, 1918, in the tiny village of Sarcus north of Beauvais; from there we moved to the Château de Mouchy and then to Bombon, not far from Provins, the headquarters of General Pétain. Bombon was also within easy reach of Chaumont, where General Pershing was installed. In October we were at Senlis, thirty miles north of Paris, and here the Armistice found us. All of these changes were dictated by the necessities or conveniences of the operations; but the first two relieved us of the annoyance of incessant bombardment by German aëroplanes.

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