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WWI 1915 UNIQUE, KING GV ORDER /SPEECH to THE FRENCH ARMY signed General Joffre For Sale
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WWI 1915 UNIQUE, KING GV ORDER /SPEECH to THE FRENCH ARMY signed General JoffreThis product data sheet is originally written in English.
RARE RE-WRITTEN SPEECH for GV by FRENCH GENERAL JOFFRE
WWI Amazing and Unique Original ORDER & Speech for King George Fifth's address to The French Army on the Front, re-written by and signed by French General Joseph Joffre , from the GRAND QUARTIER GENERAL des ARMEES DE L'EST, 26th Octobre 1915, from Major General Sir John Ponsonby's Collection, together with a letter of provenance from his Brother Sir Frederick Ponsonby, King George V private secretary, glued to the blank page. supplied with a modern translation
"When the King visited the French Army in 1915 he proposed to send a message which could be published in orders.
Marshal Joffre found fault with some expression which he thought might be misunderstood.
He therefor took it and promised to alter this before it was published.
In the evening he sent me the enclosed amended copy,
Fresh to the Market Place, from Major-General Sir John Ponsonby's Collection recently purchased by us, and until now, had remained in the possession of Sir John's descendants.
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John Ponsonby (British Army officer)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Major-General Sir John Ponsonby KCB CMG DSO (25 March 1866 – 26 March 1952) was a British Army officer who commanded 5th Division during World War I
Born the son of Sir Henry Ponsonby (Queen Victoria's Private Secretary), his Mother Hon. Mary Elizabeth Ponsonby, Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria and a daughter of John Crocker Bulteel.His brothers were Frederick Ponsonby, ( Assistant Private Secretary to Edward VII & GV), and Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby, 1st Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede, (British politician, writer, and social activist).Sir John was educated at Eton College, He was gazetted to the Royal Irish Rifles 16 November 1887, and to the Coldstream Guards 15 August 1888, becoming Lieutenant 29 June 1891. He was ADC to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, 10 August 1891 to 30 January 1895; served in operations in Matabeleland (Medal); was promoted to Captain 7 September 1898, and in that year served in Uganda (Medal), and again in 1899, during the operations against Kabarega (clasp). Captain Ponsonby served in the South African War, 1899-1902, on special service with the Rhodesian Field Force, 19 February 1900 to 7 July 1901. He was Adjutant, 5th New Zealand Regiment, 8 June 1900 to 1 January 1901; afterwards in command 1 January to 18 January 1901. From February to May 1900, be was employed with Mounted Infantry, and he took part in operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, from July to 29 November 1900; operations in the Transvaal, February to June 1901; operations in Cape Colony, February to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "John Ponsonby, Captain, Coldstream Guards. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 27 October 1901. He was promoted to Major 23 January 1904, and commanded the Guards' Depot 1 March 1905 to 28 February 1907. He became Lieutenant Colonel 28 October 1913. Lieutenant Colonel Ponsonby served in the European War, 1914—18; commanded the 2nd Guards Brigade, BEF, 26 August 1915 to 19 November 1916: was given the Brevet of Colonel 1 January 1916; commanded the Special Reserve Infantry Brigade 28 November 1916 to 7 March 1917; commanded the 21st Infantry Brigade, BEF, 8 March to 20 March 1917; became Colonel 20 March 1917; commanded the 2nd Guards Brigade, British Armies in France, 21 March to 21 August 1917; commanded the 40th Division, British Armies in France, 22 August 1917 to 3 July 1918; subsequently commanded the 5th Division, British Armies in France, 4 July 1918 to 1 April 1919; was promoted to Major General 1 January 1919. He was mentioned in Despatches; created a CMG in 1915, a CB in 1918, and was given the Brevet of Colonel.He went on to become General Officer Commanding 5th Division remaining in that role until the end of the War. After the War he became General Officer Commanding the Madras District of India. He retired in 1928.He lived at Haile Hall near Beckermet in Joffre, (born Jan. 12, 1852, Rivesaltes, Fr.—died Jan. 3, 1931, Paris), commander in chief (1914–16) of the French armies on the Western Front in World War I, who won fame as “the Victor of the Marne.”
After graduating from the École Polytechnique, he took part as a subaltern in the siege of Paris (1870–71) and later served in Indochina, West Africa, and Madagascar. Promoted to general of division in 1905, he was appointed chief of the French general staff in 1911 and thereby commander in chief in the event of war. Joffre was responsible for the French Army’s calamitous plan of campaign with which it began operations in 1914 against Germany, calling for mass attacks across the Franco-German frontier. The plan’s futility became apparent when a massive German encircling movement through Belgium caught Joffre and the rest of the French high command unawares and threatened to outflank the Allied forces and capture Paris. Once convinced of the developing German threat on the French left flank, Joffre shifted his forces and created a new French army, the 6th, under his direct authority, to counter the threat of German envelopment. In this moment of supreme trial his best qualities came to the fore; his imperturbability, force of character, and courage saved the situation. Constantly threatened by greatly superior German forces wheeling in a great northern arc on Paris, the French retreated steadily until their left flank was fighting just outside the city by September 5. Joffre then issued the order that on September 6 launched the Allied counterstroke, the first of the battles of the Marne. The encounter resulted in the partial repulse of the German advance and the ruin of German hopes for a swift victory on the Western Front.
By the end of 1914 the Western Front had settled into the heavily entrenched lines that existed until 1918. Throughout 1915 the French armies under Joffre attempted to burst through the German positions at ruinous cost, and failed. Joffre’s prestige began to wane, and the evident lack of French preparation for the German attack on Verdun in 1916, for which he was held responsible, prepared his downfall. After being stripped of the power of direct command, Joffre resigned on Dec. 26, 1916, and the same day was created a marshal of France. His Mémoires, in two volumes, were published in 1932.
Powered by SixBit's eCommerce SolutionWWI Amazing and Unique Original ORDER & Speech for King George Fifth's address to The French Army on the Front, re-written by and signed by French General Joseph Joffre , from the GRAND QUARTIER GENERAL des ARMEES DE L'EST, 26th Octobre 1915, from Major General Sir John Ponsonby's Collection, together with a letter of provenance from his Brother Sir Frederick Ponsonby, King George V private secretary, glued to the blank page. supplied with a modern translation"When the King visited the French Army in 1915 he proposed to send a message which could be published in orders. Marshal Joffre found fault with some expression which he thought might be misunderstood.He therefor took it and promised to alter this before it was published.In the evening he sent me the enclosed amended copy, FP"
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