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§795 The launching and scuttling of Admiral Graf Spee (1936-1941): II-5.

II-5 (§795):

What is something like iron and letter enclosed in fish by him
Shall launch outward he who then shall wage a war,
Shall have his fleet well equipped,
Appearing near the Latin region.

(Qu'en dans poisson, fer & letre enfermée
Hors sortira qui puys fera la guerre,
Aura par mer sa classe bien ramée
Apparoissant pres de Latine terre.)

NOTES: Qu'en dans poisson, fer & letre enfermée: = Ce qui est quelque chose comme fer & letre enfermée dans poisson par lui (What is something like iron and letter enclosed in fish by him) = the German pocket battleship Graf Spee; « According to Centurio [1953, p.50], the fish symbolizes the submarine [U-boat]...» (Ionescu, 1976, p.477); « “Spee” recalls us “Speer”, which means in German ‘dart or javelin’, therefore “fer (iron)”, and “Graf” (by a phonetic equivalence) is “graph”, from the Greek “γραφή (graphē)”, écriture (scripture), therefore “letter”.» (Ionescu, id., p.480).

Pres de Latine terre: = « près de l’Amérique Latine (near the Latin America).» (Ionescu, id., p.479).

What is something like iron and letter enclosed in fish by him Shall launch outward he who then shall wage a war... Appearing near the Latin region: Hitler, who thereafter shall wage a war, shall launch outward before the war Graf Spee, which in war shall appear near South America: « Graf Spee, in full Admiral Graf von Spee, German pocket battleship of 10,000 tons launched in 1936 [What is something like iron and letter enclosed in fish by him Shall launch outward he who then shall wage a war]. The Graf Spee was more heavily gunned than any cruiser and had a top speed of 25 knots and an endurance of 12,500 miles (20,000 km). After sinking several merchant ships in the Atlantic, the Graf Spee was sighted on Dec. 13, 1939, off the Río de la Plata estuary [Appearing near the Latin region] by a British search group consisting of the cruisers Exeter, Ajax, and Achilles, commanded by Commodore H. Harwood.» (EB, s.v.[https://www.britannica.com/topic/Graf-Spee]); « River Plate 13-17 December 1939. Nazi Germany’s hopes of improving on the dismal performance of their country’s surface ships in World War I took a blow when one of their most powerful ships was tamely scuttled after an inconclusive battle with a far-from-overwhelming British force at the start of World War II. The German navy built a class of “pocket battleships,” designed specifically for extended raids against British trade. When war broke out in September 1939, one of these ships, Graf Spee, was already en route to the South Atlantic [... launch outward...]. It began operations against British shipping in late September, sinking or capturing nine ships by early December. By then, the British had deployed several groups of warships to search for the raider. On 13 December, Graf Spee met one of these hunting groups off the mouth of the River Plate [near the Latin region]. It consisted of three cruisers – two British, Exeter and Ajax, and one New Zealand, Achilles – under the overall command of Admiral Henry Harwood. The Germans concentrated their fire on Exeter, the most powerful ship, inflicting heavy damage and putting most of its guns out of action. Exeter was saved from destruction by the bold intervention of the smaller cruisers, but Ajax was also hit heavily. In return, Graf Spee received serious but far from fatal damage. The German commander, Captain Hans Langsdorff, decided to retreat to Motevideo in neutral Uruguay in order to make repairs. While Graf Spee was in port, the British tried to rush reinforcements to the area and managed to convince Langsdorff that these had already arrived when, in fact, only one ship had completed the journey. On 17 December, Langsdorff decided to scuttle Graf Spee in the River Plate estuary. Two days later, he committed suicide.» (Grant, 2011, p.803).

He who then shall wage a war: = « Invasion of Poland 1 September – 5 October 1939. Despite guarantees by Britain and France to aid Poland, Adolf Hitler was determined on war [He who then shall wage a war] and sure that his secret nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union would give him a free hand in Poland. The German invasion marked the start of World War II.» (Grant, id., p.801).

Ramé
: = « garni de rames (furnished with oars).» (Godefroy).

He who shall have his fleet well equipped
: = « The Battle of the Atlantic, 1939 - 41. Germany’s Kriegsmarine was poorly prepared for war in 1939, with few powerful surface ships and a small force of submarines. Only from the spring of 1941 would German U-boat strength increase substantially. For the first year or so of the war about a third of German torpedoes failed to explode, which obviously thwarted many attacks... The fall of France in 1940 brought a major change. Within hours of the surrender the head of the U-boat force, Admiral Karl Dönitz had equipment trains rolling to France’s Atlantic ports, hundreds of kilometres nearer convoy routes than previous German bases. What the U-boat crews called the “Happy Time” was about to begin. Until the spring of 1941 a series of U-boat commanders became celebrated as “aces”, sinking ship after ship with little loss on the German side. They used so-called “wolf-pack” tactics whereby the first boat to sight a convoy signalled U-boat headquarters, which then manoeuvred a group into attack positions. Then, at night, the U-boats would sail on the surface right in among the convoy’s ships – without radar it was almost impossible to spot a surfaced U-boat. The U-boats would torpedo perhaps several ships and escaped into the dark amid the resulting carnage. In this period the Germans also had the upper hand in the code-breaking struggle. Their messages remained secure, but many British ones giving away convoy routes and other movements. Things improved for the Allies in the spring of 1941. Britain began breaking the U-boat codes...» (Sommerville, 2008, p.50-51).
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