§690 The last hand vs. the military hand (1870-1871): VI-33.

VI-33 (§690):

His last hand by the sanguinary Struggler,
Shall not be able to be guaranteed by the sea:
Between the two streams shall enclose him the military hand,
The king in anger shall make him repent.

(Sa main derniere par Alus sanguinaire,
Ne se pourra par la mer guarantir:
Entre deux fleuves caindre main militaire,
Le noir l'ireux le fera repentir.) 

NOTES: Hand:  =  Manus, hand, troop.” (Torné-Chavigny, 1870 [12 avril 1871], p.217).

Alus: “ In Greek, vagabondage, troop of vagabonds.”  (Torné-Chavigny, id.).  « ἄλυς (alus), agitation; ennui, boredom. ἀλύω (aluō), to be deeply stirred, excited; 1. from grief, to be distraught, beside oneself. 2. from perplexity or despair, to be at a loss, perplexed. 3. to be weary, ennuyé. 4. to be fretful, restless. 5. struggle, kick. 6. from joy or exultation (rarely), to be beside oneself. II. later, wander, roam about, lounge idly.» (Liddell & Scott).

The sanguinary Struggler (Alus sanguinaire): = The Government of national Defence im repent: « It was on t “ The republic was proclaimed at the Hotel-de-Ville, and also a provisional government under the name of "government of national defence.'' The government consisted of deputies elected in Paris: Jules Simon, Picard, Gambetta, Pelletan, Garnier-Pagès, Crémieux, Arago, Glais-Bizoin and Rochefort, with General Trochu as president, Thiers having refused this office.” (HH, XIII, p.162).

His last hand … the sea…: « Indefatigable zeal was displayed by the various authorities - the ministry of commerce, the prefecture of the Seine, which was in the hands of a member of the government, Jules Ferry, the mayoralty of Paris, the mayoralties of the arrondissements; but these complicated wheels within wheels hindered each other, their functions not being clearly determined. From September 26th a central victualling committee regulated and combined these various operations, and render valuable services. The government of national defence succeeded in adding to the resources already obtained more than four hundred thousand hundredweights of flour, which represented provisions for two months. It was not sufficient to have corn; it must be ground. After surmounting enormous difficulties, the trade of miller was successfully organised in Paris. All trades connected with food were established in the great city as well as all those concerned with warfare.

Was this the case with the military organisation? It must first be admitted that there, more than in any other department, the difficulties were appalling. There were crowds of men, there were no real soldiers, or scarcely any; too few arms, and few good arms; the new chassepot rifles, already insufficient in number by half, had been stored in quantities at Metz and Strasburg, and there were not enough in Paris. As for the fortifications, since Palikao had become minister and the defence committee had been formed, to which Thiers had been elected, they had worked feverishly to repair, as far as possible, the negligence of the imperial government. Munitions had been stored; the enceinte of Paris and the forts had been put into good condition; from the various ports more than two hundred immense naval guns had been brought to supply the bastions of Paris, together with a picked set of seamen set at liberty by the disarmament of the fleet, which had been unable to make an effort in the Baltic for want of troops to land; there were nearly fourteen thousand brave sailors, commanded by half a dozen vice-admirals and rear-admirals [the sea]. This was the strongest element of defence, and the general officers of the naval army were charged with the defence of the greater number of the divisions of the fortifications - the secteurs as they were called. On the 9th, the 13th corps entered Paris, led back from Mézières by General Vinoy. The 14th corps, which was being formed, was placed by Trochu under command of General Ducrot, who had escaped from the hands of the Prussians. On September 13th there were 60,000 soldiers of the line, the greater number of them raw recruits, 110,000 mobiles, 360,000 national guards. This last number was purely nominal, the greater number of these guards being neither in uniform nor armed, and many not even capable of bearing arms. They finally succeeded in arming 250,000. A large number of the mobiles also were neither equipped nor armed.» (HH, XIII, p.163-164).

Between the two streams: =  Mesopotamia = Paris, whose historico-geographical center, the Île de la Cité (City Island), is situated between the two branchings of the Seine that envelop it. The interpretation of Torné-Chavigny, who places Paris between the Seine and the Marne, is not pertinent because they do not make such an acute angle as to sandwich the entire city of Paris. Another usage of Nostradamus: « the free city, constructed  & seated in another exiguous mezopotamia » (№3, Epistle to Henri II, p.12) indicates that it concerns the Île de la Cité.

The military hand: = “ The Prussian army, model of discipline and military organization.”  (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.217).

His last hand … shall not be able to be guaranteed…: « 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. A grand sortie had been planned with Gambetta for the 30th of November. General Ducrot, with about fifty thousand men, was to break through the eastern line of the beleaguering army, march to Fontainebleau, join the army of the Loire, and with it return to the relief of Paris. While demonstrations were being made at other points, Ducrot advanced towards Champigny and Brie on the Marne, drove back the Würtemberg division, of which a part repulsed an attack near Bonneuil and Mesly, and also an incomplete Saxon division out of the villages of Champigny and Brie; but he could advance no further on account of the stubborn resistance of the German troops. On December 2nd the two divisions, assisted by the 2nd army corps and a brigade of the 6th corps under General Fransecky, advanced and after a hot fight retook half of Champigny; whereupon the French evacuated the other half of the place and Brie, and returned with all their troops to the right bank of the Marne. The Würtembergers lost, in these two days of battle, 63 officers and 1,557 men; the Saxons, 82 officers and 1,864 men; the Pomeranians, 87 officers and 1,447 men; the loss of the French was about 10,000 men, among which were about 1,600 prisoners. The sorties against Stains and Le Bourget on December 21st and 22nd were also repulsed. Mont Avron, which had very heavy guns, was abandoned by the French after a bombardment of two days, and the bombardment of the eastern forts was begun. On January 5th after the arrival of the siege-park the bombardment of the southern forts was begun; their fire was soon silenced; and on January 9th began the bombardment of Paris, in which the left bank of the Seine principally suffered, although not to any great extent. Two facts soon became apparent: sorties of the Parisians, seeking to repulse the besiegers, broke through their lines and operated in their rear; and the formation of armies in the provinces, which were intended to go to the relief of the capital, and in conjunction with the Parisian troops, forced the German headquarters to raise the siege. This latter measure was particularly urged by Gambetta, who had left Paris in a balloon on October 6th for Tours, where an external government had been established. Here he took charge of the ministry of war as well as that of the interior, and finally usurped the dictatorship of France. He aimed to stir up the national hatred of the French for the Germans, and to call to the defence of their flag all the able-bodied men of the harassed country [Alus]; he gathered large forces on the Loire, others to the north and west of Paris, and finally succeeded in causing alarm to the besiegers for the safety of their line of retreat. Thus he had indeed the credit of prolonging the war, but he incurred also the responsibility of its taking on a more sanguinary character and of the country's receiving still deeper wounds. The generals of Gambetta were not equal in strategy to those of Moltke, and the discipline of their soldiers was not much better than that of the garde mobile in Paris.» (HH, XIII, p.171-172).

Between the two streams shall enclose him the military hand: = §687, V-30: All around the grand city, Soldiers shall lodge in fields and towns: “ Preparations were hardly completed when the enemy arrived. On the heights of Châtillon, which was a valuable position for Paris, the Germans found no opposition except from some troops who were already demoralised, being, so to speak, composed of the tail-end of defeated regiments. A panic ensued and the Germans gained possession of the heights, which enabled them to bombard Paris.” (HH, XIII, p.163). « The investment of the city was completed, and Paris was entirely cut off from all communication with the outer world. The positions occupied by the various corps in the line of investment were as follows, commencing from the Seine at Choisy-le-Roi, and making the circuit of the city in the same direction that we enumerated the detached forts. From Choisy-le-Roi to Noisy-le-Grand, encircling the windings of the Marne, the line was kept by the Wurtemberg division. From the latter point, across the forest of Bondy to the convergence of the Eastern Railway with the canal at Livry, by the corps of Saxons. From the Eastern Railway to the Northern Railway, above St. Denis and the Double Couronne-du-Nord, by the Prussian Guards. From the latter point, along the right bank of the Seine to the cross roads at Bezons, west of Neuilly, by the 4th North German Corps. From this point to the bend of the Seine at Bougival, westward of St. Cloud, by the 5th Landwehr of the Guard. From Bougival to Sèvres, across the loop made by the bend of the Seine and consequently almost under fire from Valérien, to St. Cloud and Meudon, by the 5th North German Corps. From Meudon to Bourg-la-Reine, behind the forts of Issy, Vanves, and Montrouge, by the 2nd Bavarian Corps. From Bourg-la-Reine to Choisy-le-Roi, behind Bicêtre and Ivry, completing the circle, by the 6th North German Corps.»  (Rich, II, p.11).

Noir: Anagram of roi (king) (Torné-Chavigny, id., p.219).

The king in anger shall make him repent: « It was on the 20th of February that M. Thiers presented himself at Versailles. Negotiation was out of the question; for, in his own words, he found himself  " face to face with an ultimatum;" arguments availed nothing, in the absence of power to enforce them. Some modifications of details were all that could be obtained, and the time that had been consumed in vain endeavours to soften the terms had brought the negotiators dangerously near the hour when the armistice terminated. On the 26th, no alternative remained but to sign the preliminaries, which included an extension of the armistice till the 12th of March, that the National Assembly might have time to confirm the work of their diplomatic representatives. The principal conditions were: —

1. The cession of Alsace, except Belfort, and of German Lorraine; that is to say, the arrondissements of Metz, Thionville, and Sarreguemines, in the department of the Moselle; of Chateau-Salins and Sarreburg, in the department of the Meurthe; and of the cantons of Schirmech and Saales, in the department of the Vosges. The extent of territory thus surrendered is estimated to be about fifty square miles, with a population of 1,600,000 inhabitants, the two great fortresses of Metz and Strasburg, and many important industrial cities.

2. France agreed to pay a war indemnity of five milliards of francs, equal to two hundred millions sterling.

3. The French territory occupied by the German troops was to be evacuated as follows: The departments or parts of departments situated on the left of the Seine immediately after the ratification of the preliminaries by the Assembly; the rest of France at intervals as the instalments of the war indemnity were paid — that is to say, the departments of the Somme, the Oise, the Seine-Inférieure, Seine and Oise, Seine and Marne, Seine and the forts of Paris on the right bank, after the payment of the first half-milliard (£20,000,000 sterling); the Haute-Saône, the Jura, the Doubs, the Côte d'Or, the Aube and Aisne, after a second payment, not clearly indicated in the preliminaries. The six departments of the Marne, the Ardennes, the Haute-Marne, the Meuse, the Vosges, and the Meurthe, and the arrondissement of Belfort, were to remain occupied by 50,000 men until the entire payment of the indemnity.

4. The French army was to retire to the south of the Loire, and not to pass the line of demarcation before the signature of the definitive treaty of peace; the only exceptions to this disposition being the garrison of Paris, which was not to exceed 40,000 men, and the garrisons indispensable to the security of fortified towns.

5. The prisoners of war were to be at once surrendered.

The enormous amount of the war indemnity, added to the confiscation of territory, was a condition unparalleled in the history of such transactions. But the conquerors avowed their purpose to be to inflict such a blow on France, that she might not be able to recover for many years to come. " France," said M. Bismarck," will never forgive us her disasters. The desire of exacting vengeance for them will be the soul of her future polity, and will urge her to a furious war against us. The simplest common sense makes it our duty to prepare for the event; and the best means we can adopt to resume the struggle favourably is to secure impregnable military positions, and to enfeeble our adversary by the diminution of her territory." This seems logical; but it is the logic of the sword [The king in anger shall make him repent].

It had been stipulated in the 4th article of the Convention of January 28th, that the German army should not enter Paris. The new Convention of February 26th modified that article, and stipulated that a part of Paris — the quarter of the Champs-Elysées — should be occupied by 30,000 German soldiers. This was the price exacted by M. Bismarck for the retention of Belfort by France, and the prolongation of the armistice. M. Thiers used every possible argument to induce the Emperor William to forego this demand: his Majesty imperturbably replied [The king in anger shall make him repent]  that " he owed that satisfaction to Germany," and M. Thiers could not pretend that Belfort was too dear at the price.» (Rich, II, p. 560-561).
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