§797 Blitzkrieg (The lightning war) - May 10th, 1940 (1940): IX-83.

IX-83 (§797):

The Sun twenty of Taurus so vehemently the earth shall tremble,
The crowded big theatre shall ruin,
The air, the sky and earth shall darken and be in disorder,
When the faithless people shall call upon a god and saints.

(Sol vingt de taurus si fort terre trembler,
Le grand theatre rempli ruinera,
L'air, ciel & terre obscurcir & troubler,
Lors l'infidelle dieu & sainctz voguera.)

NOTES: « TRANSLATIONWhen the sun is in twenty (degrees) Taurus, the earth will shake so strongly (the war will be going full blast), the great theater that has just been completed will be ruined. The air, the sky and earth will be obscure and troubled, while the “infidel” will invoke God and Saints. INTERPRETATION: This is an indication of the period when the march of the German army against France began in May, 1940.» (Lamont, 1944, p.184-185).

Sol vingt de taurus (The Sun twenty of Taurus): « The date of May 10th is clearly indicated by the position of the Sun at 20° of Taurus. All of us know that on May 10th, 1940, Hitler commences the invasion of France via Belgium. We shall see in the following quatrain (§798, X-67) how Nostradamus can give us not only the day and the month, but also the year.» (Ionescu, 1976, p.482). « The attacks on Holland, Belgium and France were launched simultaneously on 10 May [1940] and again Blitzkrieg methods brought swift victories.» (Lowe, 1988, p.252); « The Poles were defeated swiftly because of the German Blitzkrieg (lightning war). It consisted of rapid thrust by motorised divisions and tanks (Panzers) supported by air power: the Luftwaffe (the German air force) put the Polish railway system out of action and destroyed the Polish air force.» (id., p.250).

Terre trembler (the earth to tremble): This phrase, together with “tremblement de terre (tremble of the earth)”, is a manner of saying preferred by Nostradamus for expressing « A war/ a war to take place » (cf. Ionescu, 1976, p.459). All of the 12 usages of this expression in the Prophecies of Nostradamus are in this sense without exception (I-20, I-46, I-93, II-52, III-3, VI-66, VI-88, VIII-29, IX-31, IX-83, X-60 and X-79). Moreover, of the other 24 phrases including the word “trembler (to tremble)”, 17 are yet in this sense (I-57, I-82bis, I-87, II-68, II-86, IV-54, IV-90, V-27, V-50, V-61, V-68, IX-33, IX-60bis, IX-94 and X-67) as well as the other 5 with an expression of ‘fear’ (III-88, IV-5, IV-36, V-23 and XII-65) and only the remaining 2 are allotted otherwise (II-64: enfeebling of laws; V-49: shake of the regime). In conclusion, 34 of 36 usages of the word “trembler (to tremble)” are designed to signify the war.

The crowded big theatre shall ruin: As well as a metaphorical usage of the term “the earth to tremble”, the term “a crowded big theatre” must be understood as a metaphor for a large civilized city ruined in the first stage of the World War II: « The attacks on Holland, Belgium and France were launched simultaneously on 10 May [1940]. The Dutch, shaken by the bombing of Rotterdam which killed almost a thousand people, surrendered after only four days. Belgium held out longer but her surrender at the end of May... » (Lowe, 1988, p.252); « Although ill trained and badly armed, the Dutch troops fought bravely against the 9th Panzer Division fighting its way towards Rotterdam. The German Eighteenth Army commander was frustrated by their resistance, but finally that evening [13 May] the panzers broke through. The next day, the Dutch negotiated the surrender of Rotterdam, but the German commander had failed to inform the Luftwaffe. A major bombing raid was mounted on the city. Over 800 civilians were killed. The Dutch foreign minister claimed that evening that 30,000 had been killed, an announcement which caused horror in Paris and London. In any case, General Henri Winkelman, the Dutch commander-in-chief, decided on a general surrender to avoid further loss of life. Hitler, on hearing the news, promptly ordered a triumphal march through Amsterdam with units from the SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and the 9th Panzer Division.» (Beevor, 2012, p.92); « Rotterdam anéantie par les raids aériens, 14 mai 1940 (Rotterdam annihilated by air raids, May 14, 1940)... » (Blaise, 1986, p.1073).

The air, the sky and earth shall darken and be in disorder
: because of motorised divisions, tanks and constant air force attacks: « ... Belgium held out longer but her surrender at the end of May left the British and French troops in Belgium perilously exposed as German motorised divisions swept across northern France; only Dunkirk remained in Allied hands. The British navy played the vital role in evacuating over 338,000 troops, two-thirds of them British, from Dunkirk between 27 May and 4 June. Dunkirk was a remarkable achievement in the face of constant Luftwaffe attacks on the beaches; it would perhaps have been impossible if Hitler had not ordered the advance towards Dunkirk to halt (24 May) probably because the marshy terrain and numerous canals were unsuitable for tanks. The events at Dunkirk were important: a third of a million troops were rescued to fight again and Churchill used it for propaganda purposes to boost British morale with the ‘Dunkirk spirit’. In fact it was a serious blow for the Allies: the armies at Dunkirk had lost all their arms and equipment so that it became impossible for Britain to help France. The Germans now swept southwards; Paris was captured on 14 June and France surrendered on 22 June.» (Lowe, 1988, p.252); « Had all the port facilities been available, and had its exodus been unopposed, the B.E.F. [British Expeditionary Force] could have escaped with all its equipment within a very few days. However, for more than two weeks Dunkirk had been subjected to an escalating fury of bombing. The docks were wrecked, the quays had been pounded to rubble, and more than half the town lay in smouldering ruins... On May 27, the vulture flock of Stukas wheeled and plunged upon the port and beaches for nearly the whole day. The smoking air was rent by explosions and the roar of flames. Goering’s Stukas, Heinkels and Dorniers dropped 15,000 high-explosive bombs, mostly 500-pounders, and 30,000 incendiaries. Over a thousand civilians lay beneath the ruins.» (Maule, 1972, p.24-25; A photograph of ‘Black smoke from burning oil tank billows from Dunkirk’, id., p. 24); « The all-out assault by the Luftwaffe on June 1 was synchronized with a surge forward by German infantry, curtained by a formidable artillery barrage, and strongly supported by tanks... That day, wave after wave of enemy warplanes blackened the sky. The beaches, the mole and the harbour were a hell of bursting bombs and shells.» (Maule, id., p.31-32).

: = Infidèle, the double LL being for exposition of the preceding E with a grave accent È; « INFIDÈLE. adj.
Qui n’est pas fidèle (Who is not faithful). Qui ne professe pas la religion considérée comme vraie (Who does not confess the religion considered as true). – Subst. Un, une infidèle (Noun. A faithless man or woman).» (Petit Robert). « Adjectives already ending in –e in the masculine cannot take an additional e in the feminine. E.g. difficile.» (Collins, p.204). Therefore, the explanation of this orthography preferentially as the feminine (e.g., Ionescu, 1976, p.482-483; Clébert, 2003, p.1043) is not pertinent.

: = The faithless, the faithless people, the French definite article (LE) in this case representing the concept of generality: « Some Special Uses of the Definite Article (a) A noun used in an abstract or in a general sense requires a definite article in French, where the equivalent English usually omits the article.
Le pain est bon. (Bread is good.) Marie aime la musique. (Mary likes music.)» (Collins, p.197-198).

When the faithless people shall call upon a god and saints: Here, the faithless people in the days of the Nazis are considered as the Jews believing in another god and saints other than the Christains’. In this sense, Ionescu’s interpretation (Ionescu, 1976, p.483) is fairly recommended. « By December 1941 Hitler had about 8,700,000 Jews under his rule. Of these he had by early 1945 murdered at least 5,800,000. At Auschwitz, where 2 million were murdered, the process was run like a large-scale industrial operation. German firms submitted competitive tenders for the ‘processing unit’, which had to possess ‘capacity to dispose of 2,000 bodies every twelve hours’. The five furnaces were supplied by the German firm of Topt & Co of Erfurt... The victims marched into the cellars, which they were told were baths, and did not at first notice the gas coming from perforations in metal columns... » (Johnson, 1991, p.415).
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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 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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