§688

19th century:

§688 Gambetta’s defeat; Garibaldi’s relief (1870-1871): III-69.


III-69:

Grand troops conducted by a youth,

Sall be fallen in the hands of the enemies:

But the aged man born to the half hog,

Shall make Chalon and Mascon be friends.

 

(Grand exercite conduit par jouvenceau,

Se viendra rendre aux mains des ennemis:

Mais le viellard nay au demi pourceau,

Fera Chalon & Mascon estre amis.) 

 

NOTES: Exercite: Lat. « exercitus, army, corps of troops.» (Vignois, 1910, p.310).

Jouvenceau: Lat. « juventus, of age capable of serving the country. Léon Gambetta, born on April 2nd, 1838,  Minister of War in 1870, was then aged less than 32.» (Vignois, 1910, p.310).

Grand troops conducted by a youth, Sall be fallen in the hands of the enemies: “ Gambetta, who considered more the quantity of the troops than their quality, was very hopeful, particularly as a simultaneous sortie out of Paris was planned for November 30th and December 1st. He continually urged General Aurelle to begin offensive operations. But neither the attacks on the right wing of the German army at Ladon on the 24th, at Beaune-la-Rolande on the 28th of November, nor those on the right wing near Lagny and Poupry on December 2nd were of any avail. On December 3rd Prince Frederick Charles assumed the offensive, and repulsed the enemy in a sweeping assault; continuing the fight on the 4th, he stormed the railroad station as well as the suburbs of Orleans, and at ten o'clock in the evening the grand duke [of Mecklenburg] entered the city, which had been evacuated by the French. The Germans gained more than twelve thousand prisoners of war, sixty cannon, and four gun-boats. The enemy's line of retreat was along the Loire, partly up and partly down the stream. Gambetta, who was dissatisfied with the way General Aurelle had managed affairs, removed him from command and divided the army of the Loire into two parts, which were to operate separately or in conjunction, according to circumstances. The first army of the Loire, consisting of three corps, was stationed at Nevers, and was commanded by General Bourbaki; the second, of three and one-half corps, at Blois, commanded by General Chanzy…. On January 23rd the road to Lyons was occupied, the first skirmishes began; the 2nd and 7th corps crowded in from the south and west, that of General Werder from the north. No way remained open but to the east. Bourbaki tried to commit suicide on the 26th of January. At the same time a telegram from Gambetta arrived, superseding Bourbaki and putting General Clinchant in his place as commander-in-chief of the army of the east. But he was no less unable to realise Gambetta's project of marching the army southward, and was obliged to retreat to Pontarlier. He hoped to make use of the news of the truce of Versailles as a sheet anchor; but it was soon evident that it did not apply to the seat of war in the east. Thus the catastrophe could not be averted…  After the annihilation of all the armies of relief, Paris had nothing more to hope for, unless the grounds for hope were in the city itself.” (HH, XIII, p.167-171).

The amateur strategy of the Delegated Minister of War, M. Gambetta, who controlled the military operations after the fall of Metz, is shown by accumulated proofs to have been the principal cause of the failure to relieve Paris, and consequently of the final catastrophe. The failure of moral in these armies, though important as a secondary cause of the continued disasters along the line of the Loire, is reduced to its proper proportions as a consequence of the War Minister’s headstrong policy.” (Rich, I, Preface).

Viellard: = Vieillard, de « vielle, vieillece, sf.: vieillesse(Daele).

The aged man born to the half hog: = Giuseppe Garibaldi in France in 1870 was aged over 60, born in 1807, and he was naturally and since his childhood accustomed to a savage way of living, most frequently in the open air, lack of necessities and conveniences (cf. Bent, 1882, pp.21-24, 54-55, 77-80), which induces the Prophet to call him “a half hog”. On the other hand, he is also called “ a man by half (le mihom)” (§669, VIII-44). Le mihom: The half-human representing an atheistic revolutionary Garibaldi, who is denounced by Nostradamus, Catholic apologist, in terms of severity: « le pourceau demy-homme, the half-human hog » (§689,I-64), « le viellard nay au demi pourceau, the old man born to the half-hog» (§688, III-69), « monstre vapin, rascal monster» (§665,V-20) etc.;

“ These three quatrains [VIII-44, I-64 and III-69] are adapted to each other: the « pourceau demy-homme » of the second is the « myhom » of the first and the « demy pourceau » of the third. The Centaur was half a human, half a horse; the Siren, half a woman, half a fish. Here, a human is by half a hog.” (Torné-Chavigny, 1870, p.204).

But the aged man born to the half hog, Shall make Chalon and Mascon be friends: This means that the general volunteer was of a little merite in his battle of field in France, near Chalon-sur-Saône and Mâcon, namely not so completely defeated as to be disgusted by the French people: “ Garibaldi, affected by the republican chimera, arrived in Tours on October 9th, having been appointed commander-in-chief of the Volunteers of the Vosges by Gambetta. He advanced with an army of twenty thousand men from Autun and was beaten back on November 26th and 27th at Pasques… General Manteuffel, who had taken command of the army of the south on January 12th, was approaching by forced marches. He marched through the mountain chains of the Côte d'Or, thence between the fortresses of Langres and Dijon, without molestation from Garibaldi, who had occupied Dijon with 25,000 men after Werder's evacuation. On the news of Bourbaki's retreat he turned towards the southeast with his two corps, 44,950 infantry, 2,866 cavalry and 168 guns in all, in order to block the way of the enemy towards Lyons. He wished to force the enemy to choose between a battle by his demoralised troops, a surrender without battle, or a crossing of the Swiss frontier. On January 23rd the road to Lyons was occupied, the first skirmishes began; the 2nd and 7th corps crowded in from the south and west, that of General Werder from the nortn. No way remained open but to the east. Bourbaki tried to commit suicide on the 26th of January… Garibaldi meanwhile had been held in check by 6,000 men under General Kettler, during which battle the enemy found a German flag under a heap of corpses. He evacuated Dijon on the night of February 1st on the report that stronger forces were approaching, withdraw southwards, and soon afterwards returned to the island of Caprera.”  (HH, XIII, p.169-171). “ - M. Victor Hugo: He [Garibaldi] is the only one that has not been vanquished of all the generals who fought for France.”  (Assemblée nationale (8 mars 1871), cité Torné-Chavigny, 1870 [28 mars 1871], p.208).

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