§783 Franco in revolt shall annihilate the Republic (1936-1939): VIII-26.

VIII-26 (§783):

Those after Cato the Elder found in Barcelona,
The place and territories made unprotected and ruin being,
The great who holds, doesn’t hold, shall want Pamplona.
At the armed abbey of Monferrat drizzle being.

(De Catones trouves en Barsellonne,
Mys descouvers lieu terrouers & ruyne,
Le grand qui tient ne tient vouldra Pamplo
Par labbage de Monferrat bruyne.)

NOTES: De Catones (Those after Cato the Elder): « CATON, subst. mas., t. d’hist. anc., nom de deux fameux Romains remarquables par la sévérité de leurs mœurs. - On le dit familièrement d’un homme sage ou qui affecte de l’être: c’est un Caton; il fait le Caton (term of ancient history, name of two famous Romans remarkable for the severity of their morals. It is said familiarly about a sage man or one who pretends to be so: he is a Caton; he pretends to be a Caton).» (Landais); « Männer, die die Charakterstärke des alten Cato in Rom besaßen, der kategorisch die Vernichtung Hannibals gefordert hatte (Those men, who had the strong character of the old Cato in Rome, who had demanded categorically the annihilation of Hannibal).» (Centurio, 1953, p.175) = The Nationalists led by Francisco Franco, who shall demand the Republican unconditional surrender to end the Civil War in 1939. The interpretation of the term as “ceux que l’on voyait graves et sévères en paroles, et en fait désordonnés et vicieux (those one saw grave and severe in speech, and in deed dissolute and vicious)” (Fontbrune, 1980, p.91) neglects another meaning, more original, of it.

Terrouer: = « terroier, s.m., territoire, possession territoriale (territory, territorial possession).» (Godefroy). The interpretation of this term as “de frayeur (by fright)” (Fontbrune, id.) or “d’épouvante (of terror)” (Guinard, 2011, p.53) can’t be supported grammatically, the form “terrouer” with an alleged adverbial or adjective meaning being unable to be derived morphologically from the Latin verb “terreo (to terrify)” they invoked.

Pamplo: = « Pamplonne. (Pamplona.).» (№10). Pamplona in northern Spain was one of the cities whose Nationalist risings were successful in July 1936 (cf.
Middleton and Heater, 1989, Unit 15, Chart 1).

: = L’abbage = L’abbaye + bagage (the abbey + baggage), the abbey representing a magnificent building like an abbey and baggage something related to the army. In short, the neologism abbage means Alcazar (in Arabic a castle) in Toledo.

Monferrat: A metaphor in a very familiar Italian place-name for Toledo as an invulnerable town (an iron-grille mountain), « montagna » and « ferrat » meaning in Italian “mountain” and “iron grille” respectively; « The invulnerable fortress, this is another name of Toledo.» (Kawanari, 1999, p.22).

Bruyne (drizzle): representing figuratively something uncertain in prospect. The 8 usages in all of the words
bruine/bruyne/bruyneux in the Prophecies of Nostradamus have three kinds of meaning: 1° the weather of drizzle (IV-46, VI-25 et IX-100); 2° the situation without favourable perspective (II-83 et VIII-26); 3° to be under shelter (V-35, VI-27 et VI-37), this quatrain falling under the second.

Those after Cato the Elder found in Barcelona, The place and territories made unprotected and ruin being: While the second hemistich of the quatrain treats of the prelusive stage of the Spanish Civil War, the second concerns the conclusive stage: In Barcelona were found the Nationalists on 28 January 1939, the city and the surrounding territories having been conquered by them = On the front of Barcelona the army taken by diligence (§782, VI-64): In Catalonia the Republican army defeated by the Nationalists diligently commanded by General Franco; « Ebro 24 July-16 November 1938. Having managed to defend Valencia against Nationalist attacks, the Republicans attempted to restore contact with Catalonia with an offensive over the Ebro River. The attack, led by communist General Juan Modesto, once again took the Nationalists by surprise, bringing the Republicans early success. Eighty thousand Republican soldiers crossed the river in boats and attacked General Juan Yagüe’s Nationalist troops, inflicting substantial damage. Upon reaching the town of Gandesa, however, the Republicans met fierce resistance. The rocky terrain offered little cover for the fighters, and German and Italian planes were easily able to target Republican positions [The place and territories made unprotected]. Determined to annihilate the Republicans, General Franco ordered large reinforcements to join the battle, which was to last for over three months. Ebro was the last major battle of the Spanish Civil War. Following the defeat, the Republicans continued to concede territory to the Nationalists until 1 April 1939, when General Franco declared the war over, signifying the end of the Spanish Republic [ruin being].» (Grant, 2011, p.797); « Franco in April [1938] cut Republican Spain in two. Thereafter it was really a matter of time only, with Franco taking no chances and insisting on overwhelming superiority. By the autumn Stalin had tired of the war, had extracted the last ounce of propaganda value out of it, had completed his purges and was already thinking of a new deal, either with the Western democracies or, more likely, with Hitler. He had also got all the Republic’s gold. So he cut off aid, and Franco was able to open his last Catalonian offensive, just before Christmas, confident that the end was near. Barcelona fell on 28 January 1939, and Madrid on 28 March.» (Johnson, 1991, p.338).

The great who holds, doesn’t hold, shall want Pamplona
: Franco followed by the Nationalists, only the south and the north of Spain separately in hand, shall try to bring the former (centered in Cadiz) into contact with the latter [represented by Pamplona] geographically and militarily through taking Badajoz between them (cf. Tateishi, 2000, p.293, Chart of July 1936): « Badajoz 14 August 1936. The attack on the Spanish city of Badajoz was one of the first major victories for the Nationalist rebellion against the Republic in the Spanish Civil War. By July 1936 the Nationalist military rebellion against the Spanish Republic had gathered momentum. Soldiers of the Army of Africa, commanded by General Francisco Franco, had been airlifted by German and Italian planes to join the Nationalist offensive in southern Spain. Badajoz was the final remaining Republican outpost on the Portuguese border, isolated from the Republican territory. Under General Franco’s instructions, Lieutenant Colonel Juan Yagüe led a Nationalist force, consisting largely of Foreign Legionaries and Moroccan mercenary fighters, in an offensive against the city. Badajoz was defended by Republican militiamen, who had taken control of the city’s medieval fortress. On 14 August the attack began with heavy artillery and bombing, which enabled the Nationalist forces to breach the defense. The professional Nationalist soldiers faced fierce resistance from the militia force, but at last took control of Badajoz.» (Grant, id., p.783).

At the armed abbey of Monferrat drizzle being
: The so-called ambiguous significance of the battle of Toledo: « Toledo 20 July-27 September 1936. Early in the Spanish Civil War, the siege of Toledo’s Alcázar was a hugely symbolic victory for the Nationalists. The fortress, controlled by Nationalist soldiers, was besieged by Republican militiamen for two months, before General Franco’s Army of Africa arrived to relieve the defenders. Following the Nationalist military rebellion, the Spanish Republican government sent a militia force of around 8,000 men to take the city of Toledo in July 1936. The Nationalist force in Toledo took a number of hostages (family members of known leftists) and retreated into the city’s Alcázar, a half-palace half-fortress [the armed abbey of Monferrat] that had served as a military academy since the nineteenth century. Around 1,000 Nationalist soldiers commanded by Colonel José Moscardó, the military governor of Toledo, defended the Alcázar against a Republican attack that lasted for around seventy days. The Nationalist resistance held out against heavy bombing and artillery fire until the Army of Africa, commanded by General Franco, arrived to provide relief and defeat the Republicans. While strategically the Alcázar was of little value to either side [drizzle being], symbolically it was very important. The victory was the subject of a huge Nationalist propaganda campaign; the liberation was restaged for news cameras on the next day. Franco’s decision to relieve the troops at Toledo, rather than advance to Madrid as many had expected, was taken largely because he recognized the propaganda value of the Alcázar. Franco emerged as the principal leader of the Nationalists and was proclaimed Generalissimo.» (Grant, id., p.782).
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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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