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§753 The Great War and Russian Revolution (2) (1914-1918): IX-55.

IX-55 (§753):

The horrible war that is ready in the Occident
In the following year shall come the plague,
So greatly horrible that the young the old and beasts,
Blood fire, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter in France.

(L'horrible guerre qu'en l'occident sapreste
L'an ensuivant viendra la pestilence,
Si fort horrible que jeune vieulx, ne beste,
Sang feu, Mercure, Mars, Jupiter en France.)

NOTES: Saprester: = S’aprrêter (to prepare, to get ready) (Dubois).

The horrible war that is ready in the Occident In the following year shall come the plague: « What a horrible war is approaching for the Occident of Europe! Thence shall come the Russian Revolution and the communism.» (Ionescu, 1976, p.384-385).

In the following year
(l’an ensuivant): = [The Russian Revolution shall come] In the year 1917 that follows the wartime years of 1914, 1915 and 1916. Ionescu’s interpretation: « Thence shall come (Il s’en ensuivra) » is not pertinent. 

The plague (la pestilence): « In general, the terms “pest”, “pestilence” or “pestiferous” are employed by Nostradamus as to the communism.» (Ionescu, id., p.383); « The terms such as “pest”, “pestilence” or “pestiferous” are always applied by the prophet to the communist revolutions and to their doctrine.» (Ionescu, id., p.384); « Nearly without exception, in the language of Nostradamus, the Latin word unda has the sense of revolution and the pest that of communism.» (Ionescu, id., p.428). His last concessive, not general nor categorical, explication as to the words pest, etc. is verified by the fact that he gives us 10 quatrains with these words, whose 6 (I-26, IX-55, III-19, VI-5, I-16 and II-6) are related to the communism (cf. Ionescu, 1976, p.214, p.217, p.255, p.428, p.511 and 1993, p.168 respectively) and 4 (VIII-17, VI-98, IV-30 and IV-48) to the other meanings such as the pesrsecution of the Christians in the French Revolution (Ionescu, 1976, p.287), the confusion of defeat in the Napoleonic wars (id., p.322), a lot of mischiefs (id., p.712) and a disease (id., p.245).

The plague (peste): According to our researches, this word, as well as the words pestilence, pestilent and pestifere (pestiferous), is figurative, non literal, for most of the expressions indicative of natural phenomena such as " earthquake, rain, tempest, dryness, inundation", etc. are not literal for Nostradamus, but figurative, describing metaphorically wars, revolts, social troubles, collective distress, etc., conditioned principally by human comportments (cf. Introduction §5). In fact, of 38 usages of the words « peste », « pestilence », « pestilent» and « pestifere », 32 are figurative for the warlike and social disasters and menaces, only 5 literal (II-19, II-37, II-46, II-53, II-65) and one for the real seism (VIII-84). And concerning the 32 metaphorical examples, the following concrete subdivisions are practicable:

1° 16th century: French Wars of Religion (III-56, VI-10, IX-82 and XI-91), Valois-Hapsburger Wars (VI-47 and VII-6), etc. (VIII-50 and IX-42).

2° 17th century: Montmorency’s revolt against Louis XIII in 1632 (VII-21).

3° 18th century: French Revolution (VIII-17, VIII-21 and IX-11), Spanish War of Succession (V-49).

4° Napoleonic Wars (I-52, II-32, II-56, IV-48, VI-46, VI-98 and VIII-62).

5° 19th century: Greek Independence Wars (V-90 and IX-91), Franco-Prussian War (III-75).

6° 20th century: Russian Revolution (VI-5 and IX-55), WWI (I-26 and I-55), WWII (III-84), Spanish Civil War (III-19), Roumanian Revolution in 1989 (II-6), etc. (I-16 and IV-30).

Of these 32 quatrains, only three (Russian and Rumanian Revolutions) are, we believe, proved to be related, as Ionescu pretends so to too much quatrains, to the communism.

Ne:
used as an expletive.

So greatly horrible that beasts, Blood fire:
= The horses of the cavalries to be suffered in the Great war; « The Western Front [in the Occident]. Germany declared war on France on 3 August [1914]. When German armies crossed the Belgian frontier on 4 August, Britain issued an immediate ultimatum to Germany, requiring her assurances that she would respect Belgien neutrality and, when that expired at midnight, was at war with Germany... Staff discussions between the British and French (Wilson-Foch scheme) had agreed that a small British Expeditionary Force (BEF) of six divisions would fight alongside the French. However the BEF eventually sent to France in August 1914 initially comprised only four divisions and a cavalry division, but these were soon augmented by two further infantry divisions. The first, crucial, action was the attack on the Belgian fortress of Liège, which barred the passage to the two German right wing armies. This assault started on 4 August and the fortress was finally taken on 16 August, using the secret weapons of ultra-heavy Krupp (German) and Skoda (Austrian) howitzers. The Liège forts destroyed and the citadel captured, the main advance began. Sordet’s French cavalry corps had reconnoitred the river Meuse into Belgium, starting on 6 August and approaching as close to nine miles to Liège. No trace of the German Army was found west of the Meuse, and this confirmed Joffre’s misguided view that Moltke would keep his armies east of the Meuse and, having only the limited strength of his first-line corps, would not extend his right wing west of the river. Joffre reckoned without the ability of the German reserve corps to march and fight with the active corps, which effectively doubled Moltke’s striking power.» (Chasseaud, 2013, p.36); « Joffre’s appreciation of the situation on 13 August was that the Germans were wheeling south, towards his Third, Fourth and Fifth Armies on the upper Meuse, not heading west, and that it was now too late for his armies to engage favourably beyond the Meuse. He therefore ordered them to be ready to counter-attack. Although he ignored Lanrezac’s (Fifth Army) view that the Germans were about to make a much wider wheel, he now felt concerned enough to send north the whole of the 1st Corps to oppose any German attempt to cross the Meuse between Givet and Namur. Two days later, when Richthofen’s Cavalry Corps attempted to cross the river near Dinant, the 1st Corps and Mangin’s 8th Brigade (which was specially tasked to support Sordet’s Corps) forced it to retire.» (id., p.44). Ionescu says that the verses: ‘So greatly horrible that the young the old and beasts, Blood fire’ refer, not to the WWI, but to the Russian Revolution (Ionescu, id., p.384-385), but they do not because beasts (horses) are usually not liable to be victims of revolutionay movements.

So greatly horrible that the young the old, Blood fire: = the victims of civilians in the Great War; « After Liège had fallen on 16 August, the full force of the German right wing was unleashed two days later into the area previously declared clear by Sordet. On the extreme right – or northern – flank, Kluck’s First Army stepped out on its gruelling 300-mile march, starting on an axis due west through Belgium, before swinging south into France. The schedule was to march for three weeks, averaging nearly fifteen miles a day, along roads that might be blocked by refugees, and this included any actions that might have to be fought on the way. Marching in the heat and dust along their allotted parallel roads, Kluck’s First and Bülow’s Second Armies pounded remorselessly to the west towards Brussels, forcing the Belgian field army to withdraw northwest into the entrenched protective ring of forts of the Antwerp defences. On 20 August Kluck’s Army, the extreme tip of the German wheel through Belgium, tramped into Brussels. The next day Bülow’s Army started to besiege the Namur fortress, with the great siege train of Krupp and Skoda howitzers now brought up from their success at Liège. The German Army was thorough in its intimidation of Belgian civilians, pursuing its doctrine of Schrecklichkeit (frightfulness) in taking and shooting hostages, and burning towns and villages to intimidate and deter.» (Chasseaud, 2013, p.44-45).

Mercury:
« Negotiations for an armistice.» (Ionescu, id., p.385.), Mercury sometimes being a messenger; « 1917 Nov: 26th, Soviets offer armistice to Germany and Austria; Dec: 5th, German and Rusian delegates sign armistice at Brest-Litovsk (where peace negotiations begin 21st).» (Williams, 1968, p.466.); « 1918 Mar: 3rd, peace treaty of Brest-Litovsk between Russia and Central Powers, and 7th, between Germany and Finland.» (id., p.468.).

Mars, Jupiter in France: The American Expeditionary Forces in France = « Jupiter with Mars
Kaldondon earthsalvation » (§747, VIII-48); « The final offensive shall be launched with the help of the Americans, and all shall finish in favour of France.» (Ionescu, id., p.385.); « Meanwhile American troops were being convoyed across the Atlantic in increasing numbers. Fifty thousand were arriving every week and being given extra training for battlefield conditions. On that day [27 May 1918] the Germans stormed through twelve miles on a forty-mile front, advancing over the Aisne and Vesle rivers to the Marne in three days, reaching a point only forty miles from Paris. American troops, part of the one-and-a-half-million-strong American Expeditionay Force already in France, helped to hold the Germans on the Marne.» (Chasseaud, 2013, p.263-264); « In the difficult Argonne Forest terrain of tangled woods, gullies and ridges, it was almost impossible for tanks to operate, and the Americans found themselves engaging in a bloody slog through a succession of strongly held German positions. By 1 October the French and Americans had advanced some ten miles and taken 18,000 prisoners, and in a few more miles came up against the strong defensive position of the Kriemhild Line. While their advance was painfully slow, they were at least holding down thirty-six German divisions.» (Chasseaud, id., p.269-271).
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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 219 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§949).

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