§742 The German offensive and the battles of Reims (1914-1918): III-18.

III-18 (§742):

After a sufficiently longish time of peace and abundance [since the end of the Franco-Prussian war],
The sky shall be touched [by shells] at several places of Reims:
Alas what a murder of blood is ready near them.
Fathers, sons and kings shall not dare to approach there.

(Apres la pluie laict assés longuete,
En plusieurs lieux de Reins le ciel touché:
Helas meurtre de seng pres d'eux s'apreste.
Peres & filz rois n'oseront aprocher.)

NOTES: V. Ionescu (1976, p.385; 1987, p.218-219) gives us a sufficiently reasonable interpretation of the quatrain with the theme of the German offensive and the battles of Reims (1914-1918).

La pluie (the rain): = A symbol of welfare as in the quatrain II-46. Of 12 usages of the term rain in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, 9 signify warlike disasters (I-70, II-1, II-18, II-31, III-42, III-52, VI-5, VI-44 and IX-99) and 2 welfare (II-46 and III-18), only one (IV-67) being in a proper sense.

Laict (milk): = A symbol of abundance. The term milk has 6 usages in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, whose 3 (I-57, III-19 and VI-89) designate the crown and the remaining 3 (II-32, II-46 and III-18) symbolize abundance.

The sky shall be touched at several places of Reims: « 1914 Sep: 3rd, French government moved to Bordeaux; - Germans cross R. Marne and, 4th, occupy Rheims; 14th, Allies reoccupy Rheims.» (Williams, 1968, p.448); « The German devastations. The cathedral of Reims set on fire and bombarded: The cathedral of Reims was ever one of the most eminent symbols of French glory, art and piety. It was above all designated to show that its destruction was one of the most striking testimony of the German vandalism. Set on fire on September 7, 1914, it was bombarded ulteriorly several times over.» (Gauvain et al., 1922, p.272-273); « 1918 May: 29th, Germans capture Soissons and Rheims.» (Williams, id., p.468).

Alas what a murder of blood is ready near them. Fathers, sons and kings shall not dare to approach there.: « The main area of fighting against Germany was along the Western Front where, after the repulse of the initial German advance to the Marne, both sides constructed defence-works so that a line of trenches extended from Nieuport on the Belgian coast, through Ypres, Arras, Albert, Soissons and Rheims to Verdun. For three and a half years neither side advanced more than a few miles along this line, despite new weapons such as poison gas (first used by Germans at Ypres in April 1915) and tanks (first used by the British on the Somme in September 1916). In the early spring of 1918 the Germans again broke through to the Marne but a few weeks later were thrown back into Belgium.» (Palmer, p.306);

« Ludendorff’s chief railway staff officer now insisted on the capture of Reims to ensure communications to the Marne salient; if this was not achieved, he claimed, the salient would have to be abandoned. On 15 July, the Germans used forty nine divisions in an attempt to pinch out the French salient at Reims by attacking on either side. They succeeded in crossing the Marne but were prevented from pushing their artillery over the river in support, and soon had to withdraw from this exposed position. To the east of Reims the French artillery, forewarned by Intelligence, smashed the German assault waves in their jumping-off positions by opening counter-preparation fire ten minutes before the assault. The defeat of these German attacks and the waxing Allied defence signalled that the tide had turned. Ludendorff had diverted his reserves from the Flanders attack, planned for June but cancelled, and his gamble had failed.» (Chasseaud, 2013, p.264).

« The turning point was an attack at Amiens on 8 August, spearheaded by Australian and Canadian infantry, and supported by massed British and French tanks. Described by the German general Erich Ludendorff [1865-1937] as “the black day of the German army”, it initiated the “Hundred Days” of relentless Allied offensives, with large-scale use of tanks and aircraft. In September, Pershing achieved his ambition of commanding an independent US operation – the capture of the St Mihiel salient. This was followed by a combined American and French offensive in the Argonne forest, the costliest single battle in American history with 117,000 US casualties.» (
DKHistory, p.353).
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