Ferdynand Foch Honorary Citizen of Warsaw

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Ferdynand Foch, (born 2 November 1851 - died 20 March 1929)
Honorary Citizen of Warsaw since April 1923.

Marshal of France, Great Britain and Poland. An outstanding leader and theoretician in the art of war. One of the heroes of World War I. Before its outbreak he was a lecturer at the French Military Academy. As Commander of the Ninth Army he largely contributed to the victory at the Battle of the Marne in 1914. In 1917, he became Chief of the General Staff. In 1918, he conducted a successful counteroffensive on the Somme, which decided the defeat of Germany. As supreme commander of all the Allied armies on the western front he accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany in Compiegne.
Ferdinand Foch is also honoured for the cause of the reborn Poland. He supported the Polish Army set up in 1917 in France, led by General Józef Haller.
He was known as a friend of Poland. Through his firm attitude, inter alia, the threat of military intervention, he forced the German Government to stop the counteroffensive against insurgents in Wielkopolska. Marshal Foch also supported Poland in difficult times during the Polish-Soviet War (1919-1920). In recognition of his services to Poland, Ferdinand Foch was decorated with the Order of Virtuti Militari and the Order of the White Eagle, and in 1923 he was given the title of Marshal of Poland.
He also received honorary doctorates from the Jagiellonian University (1918), Warsaw University (1921), the University of Lvov (1922) and Poznań University (1923). He was also an Honorary Citizen of many Polish cities, such as Toruń, Grudziądz and Warsaw.