§741 The Great War in Turkey against Russia (1914-1917): V-70.

V-70 (§741):

The regions subject to the Balance,
Shall make trouble the mountains by a great war:
All the two sexes and all shall be captive in Byzantium,
That each province shall cry for a daybreak.

(Des regions subjectes à la Balance,
Feront troubler les monts par grande guerre
Captifz tout sexe deu & tout bisance,
Qu'on criera à l'aube terre à terre.)

NOTES: The regions subject to the Balance: = The north-eastern quarter of the inhabited world according to Ptolemy. He says that « Of the third quarter, which includes the northern part of Greater Asia, the other parts, embracing Hyrcania (around the south end of the Caspian to the west), Armenia ([which] lies south of the Caucasus between the Black Sea and the Caspian), Matiana (around the south end of the Caspian to the east), Bactriana (around the upper courses of the Oxus), Casperia (probably the region around the northern part of the Caspian Sea), Serica (China or its western portion), Sauromatica (Asiatic part of Russia), Oxiana (around the upper courses of the Oxus), Sogdiana (around the upper courses of the Oxus), and the regions in the north-east of the inhabited world, are in familiarity with the north-eastern triangle, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, and are, as might be expected, governed by Saturn and Jupiter.» (Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, p.145).

Sexe deu: = Two sexes, the form deu being an apocope of deux (two in French).

Captifz tout sexe deu & tout bisance: = Tout sexe deu & tout [seront] captifz [en] Bisance (All the two sexes and all [i.e.all the people in question of the district in question] shall be captive in Byzantium, bisance (Bisance or bisance in Nostradamus = Byzance) being effectively a public placename without preposition but with a meaning of adverb (in Byzantium), here symbolizing the Ottoman Empire (cf. Entrée §5).

The regions subject to the Balance, Shall make trouble the mountains by a great war: All the two sexes and all shall be captive in Byzantium: These lines seem to refer to the Great War in the mountainous Caucasus with the Turkish persecution of the Armenians: « The Caucasus: Turkey and Russia, having been brought into conflict by Russia’s inexorable expansion to the south, had fought three wars since 1828. The Caucasus, that great and mountainous land bridge between the Black Sea on the west and the Caspian on the east, was home to different ethnic and religious populations that included Armenians, Geogians and Tartars. Russia had supported, as a defensive measure, nationalist movements in the Balkans and also in the Caucasus. This antagonized the Turks who, in 1914, had just recovered from the Second Balkan War. Within the Ottoman Empire, the new doctrine of pan-Turkism, which strengthened after Turkey’s loss of outlying territories during the Balkan Wars – notably Libya and the Dodecanese Islands to Italy and parts of Macedonia and Thrace to Greece – increased the attraction to Turkey of the Caucasus. A Turkish attack on Russia here would pin down a Russian army and could be accompanied by its claim to be freeing Turkic people from Russian oppression, and also by its cry of jihad - holy war. Enver Pasha, Commander of the Ottoman forces, committed his third Army to a wide, enveloping movement through the mountains at Sarikamish, rather than the more methodical operations favoured by his German staff officer. Enver’s sweep to the left (north), on the axis of Ardahan, took his troops sixty miles further on through hideously difficult terrain and winter conditions, at temperatures sometimes below – 30°C. This disastrous manoevre saw Turkish supplies exhausted on 25 December 1914, and their army virtually destroyed. The Russians successfully counter-attacked, having held Sarikamish in the battle of 1–4 January. Turkish casualties were between 75,000 and 90,000; most of their force. By 23 January 1915 this only numbered some 12,000 bayonets, with another 8,000 in supporting services. Even now Enver attempted to advance eastwards towards Persian Azerbaijan and Tabriz to encourage the Kurds to stage un uprising against the Russians. This failed. The Russian 1915 spring offensive aimed south from Kars to the west of Lake Van, in an area of eastern Anatolia partly-populated by Christian Armenians. Antagonism between Muslim Turks and the Armenians had grown in the late nineteenth century, culminating in violent clashes in 1894-6. As the Armenians were supported by the Russians, who in 1914 had encouraged revolt, the Turks suspected treason. Murders of Armenians, with looting and destruction of their villages, by Turkish soldiers, began during the winter. In April 1915, during the Russian advance, an Armenian revolt began in Van. Atrocities by Turks and Kurds followed, and at the end of May the deportation of Armenians south to Syria and Mosul was began. About a million dies, either from direct acts of violence or from exhaustion, exposure and disease [All the two sexes and all shall be captive in Byzantium]. By August 1916, the Russians had pushed as far west as Trebizond and south to Lake Van, thus creating a large bridgehead in eastern Anatolia. The Caucasus came to prominence again following the 1917 Russian Revolutions, when the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk committed Russia to supplying German with oil from Baku, on the Caspian side of the Caucasus, and cotton from Turkestan. The weakening of Russia in the region, consequent upon the revolutions and military incapacity, encouraged the Turks to advance towards Baku. In early 1918 operation Thunderbolt saw the German forces that had moved into easten Ukraine and the Donetz Basin advancing southeast to Baku. The British were also increasing their presence in the region, following their advance to Mosul and the creation of ‘Dunsterforce’ in Persia. Named after its commander General Dunsterville, this was a British military mission of, initially, less than a thousand men, with armoured cars. It was formed after the Russian Revolution had led to the collapse of the Caucasus front to gather intelligence, train and lead tribal militias, and counter German propaganda in Persia.» (Chasseaud, 2013, p.91-93). Cf. V-54 (§736): The Great War in Turkey (1896-1916). The three usages in all of the expression ‘great war (grande guerre or grand guerre)’ in the Prophecies of Nostradamus refer respectively to the French war of religion (XII-56), the Franco-Prussian war (IV-100) and the World War I (V-70).

(que): The French particle « que » is a conjunction serving to form a final conjunctive locution (cf. Petit Robert).

That each province shall cry for a daybreak
: the Balkans shall stand on their own feet liberated from the foreign occupation after the preceding example of Greece:

1° Crete is refreshed by the unification with Greece in 1908 after having been autonomous in 1898, which finishes her liberation from the long Turkish occupation, the independence of Greece itself from the Turkish rule in 1830 having been effected with their military aid: « ... the Great Powers intervened to establish a Greek Kingdom.» (Palmer, p.119); « 1830 Feb: 3rd, at London Conference, Greece is declared independent under the protection of France, Russia and Britain.» (Williams, 1968, p.162); « An uprising on Crete failed (1866). After the acquisition of Thessaly (1881), Macedonia became the object of dispute between Greece and Bulgaria. A 2nd uprising on Crete led to the 1897 Greco-Turkish War with Greek defeats in Thessaly. Nevertheless, Crete gained political autonomy under Turkish sovereignty because of the interference of the great powers. The leader of Enosis, Venizelos (1864-1936), proclaimed the annexation of Crete in 1905. 1908 Formal union of Crete and Greece.» (
PenguinAtlas 2, p.81).

2° « Croatia, region of Yugoslavia, capital Zagreb (formerly called Agram). Although there was an independent Croatia in the tenth century, from 1102 to 1918 Croatia was joined to Hungary. In 1917 Croatian exiles signed with the Serbian Government the ‘Pact of Corfu’ providing for the establishment of a Yugoslav State after the war.» (Palmer, p.74).

3° Slovenia: « Yugoslavia. A movement for the union of the South Slav peoples, known originally as ‘Illyrianism’, began early in the nineteenth century but it was not until the First World War that a South Slav State (a ‘Yugoslavia’) became possible with the prospect of detaching Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina from Austria-Hungary and uniting them with Serbia and Montenegro. The Pact of Corfu, an agreement on the formation of a unitary kingdom under the Serbian dynasty, was signed on July 20th, 1917, and the ‘Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes’ came into being officially on December 4th, 1918. King Alexander formally changed the name of the Kingdom to ‘Yugoslavia’ on October 3rd, 1929.» (Palmer, p.310).

4° « Bosnia-Herzegovina. Bosnia-Herzegovina was occupied by the Turks in the fifteenth century and, even today [in 1962], contains the largest group of Moslems in Europe outside Turkey. In the 1870s the provinces were moved by enthusiasm for union with their Serbian compatriots; in 1875 there was a serious uprising which was suppressed by the Turks with customary cruelty. At the Congress of Berlin of 1878 Austria-Hungary was given the right to occupy the provinces, although they remained part of the Turkish Empire. The Austrians developed Bosnia considerably, treating the provinces as if they were colonial possessions and reducing Turkish authority to a mere formality. The Young Turk movement made the Austrians fear that their control would be challenged, and in consequence they formally annexed the provinces in October 1908. The annexation precipitated the Bosnian Crisis since it was particularly resented by the Russians, who wanted compensation for increased Austrian power by concessions over the Straits. Although the menacing attitude of Austria’s ally, Germany, forced Russia to accept the annexation (March 1909), it left much international bitterness. Moreover, the Serbs living in Bosnia began a terrorist agitation against Austrian rule which culminated in the 1914 assassination in Sarajevo and so led to war. Between the wars the provinces formed part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.» (Palmer, p.36-37).

Centurio’s interpretation (1953, p.122) of the quatrain with the theme of the defeat of Austria and Turkey in the Great War (1916-1918) is full of suggestions, but off the two essential points: the Turco-Russian conflict and the Turkish persecution of the Armenians.
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

Author:Koji Nihei Daijyo
We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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