from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Joffre, Joseph Jacques Césaire 1852-1931. French field marshal who commanded the Allied armies in France during World War I.

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  • n. French field marshal who commanded the Allied armies in France during World War II (1852-1931)


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  • My old man, a carpenter by trade, happened to be working in Joffre at the time of the Bhopal Disaster.

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  • As we swung back along the dusty road to Paris at a pace of fifty miles an hour and upwards, driven by a helmeted driver with an aquiline profile fit to go upon a coin, whose merits were a little flawed by a childish and dangerous ambition to run over every cat he saw upon the road, I talked to de Tessin about this big blue-coated figure of Joffre, which is not so much a figure as a great generalisation of certain hitherto rather obscured French qualities, and of the impression he had made upon me.

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  • Meanwhile, wee little Joffre is betrothed to the sensual grown-up Sancia for political reasons, but while the boy primps and preens alone in the marital bed, raunchy Sancia is busy with his older rake of a brother, Juan.

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  • According to General Sir Douglas Haig himself, quoting General Joffre at what had obviously been a panic meeting:

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  • He [Joffre] therefore was of the opinion that 1 July was the latest date for the combined offensive … The moment I mentioned 15 August Joffre at once got very excited and shouted that “The French Army would cease to exist, if we did nothing till then”!

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  • Hart has no time for details such as the foregoing, but almost 200 pages after that ominous Haig-Joffre citation, he makes the same point about the continued bloodletting in his own brisk and businesslike way:

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  • The first was to emulate Marshal Joffre, to demand offensive operations, regardless of their cost, their chances of success, and the realism of their objectives.


  • Marshal Joffre had issued similarly fantastic orders, demanding attacks in which the French infantry were slaughtered without ever reaching their objective.


  • “Alas, republicanism did not always coincide with competence,” is how Arthur Conte sums it up in Joffre Paris: Oliver Orban, 1991, 277.


  • Lossing and Searle returned most weekends to their wives and children in the house on Avenue Joffre, run with her usual efficiency by Lu Sadze from a kitchen in the basement, where she turned out to be keeping a male prisoner under lock and key.



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