Alphonse Joseph Georges
, August 15, 1875 – April 24, 1951) was a French
army officer. He was commander in chief of the North East Front in 1939 and 1940. Opposing the plan by supreme commander Maurice Gamelin
to move the best allied forces into the Low Countries
, he was overruled by his superior. Georges tried to allow as much initiative to his inferiors as possible to improve operational flexibility.Alphonse Georges, the son of a blacksmith, was born at Montlucon, France on 19th August 1875. He entered St Cyr and graduated third in his class in 1897. He served in Algeria with a tirailleur regiment.
He served in the French Army during the First World War and was seriously wounded while leading his battalion in 1914. He was then assigned to the general staff of the army where he remained for the rest of the war.
In 1918 Georges served under General Ferdinand Foch as operations chief. He was also chief of staff under General Henri-Philippe Petain in French Morocco
during the Riff Wars and as a division commander in Algeria (1928-32).
Georges was appointed to the Supreme War Council in November 1932. Based now in Paris he survived an assassination attempt in Marseilles on 9th October 1934. He was seriously wounded but recovered and was expected to succeed General Maxime Weygand as head of the French Army in 1935. However, the prime minister Edouard Daladier, thought he was too right-wing and... Read More