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§799 German surprise attacks on Benelux (1940-1945): X-83.

X-83 (§799):

“No sign of battle will be given
They will be obliged to leave the park
Around Ghent, the banner will be recognised
Of one who put all his own men to death.”
(Halley, 1999, p.155).

(De batailler ne sera donné signe,
Du parc seront contraint de sortir hors,
De Gand lentour sera cogneu l'ensigne,
Qui fera mettre de tous les siens à mors.)

NOTES: « 10/83 – 1940 A reference to the fall of Belgium in 1940, under the Flag of the Nazi invaders. The Swastika is for ever associated with Adolf Hitler, who was responsible for the death of millions of his fellow countrymen.» (Halley, id.). Halley’s translation and interpretation are almost precise except a few points.

De Gand lentour: = À l’entour (= Alentour) de Gand, ‘ lentour de ’ (another example in the quatrain VIII-50: la pestilence lentour de Capadille) being without preposition ‘ à ’ as a succinct usage of the idiomatic expression ‘à l’entour (= alentour) de’ (e.g. V-30 and IX-67).

No sign of battle will be given... Around Ghent, the banner will be recognised: This refers to the German surprise attacks without declaration of war on neutral Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg on May 10th, 1940, because the phrase “around Ghent” can indicate not only Belgium but also these three tiny neutral countries and the authorities of each of them went abroad into exile in fact under the German invasion, the French word ‘parc’ signifying a small country like them as well as the Vatican City designated as ‘le parc (the park)’ in the quatrain II-65 (§486); « Thursday, 9 May 1940 was a beautiful spring day in most of northern Europe. A war correspondent observed Belgian soldiers planting pansies round their barracks. There had been rumours of a German attack, with reports of pontoon bridges being assembled close to the border, but these were discounted in Brussels. Many seemed to think that Hitler was about to attack south into the Balkans, nor westwards. In any case, few imagined that he would invade four countries, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France – all in one go.» (Beevor, 2012, p.79);

They will be obliged to leave the park: « In Britain, the disastrous campaign in Norway destroyed confidence in the Chamberlain government. On 10 May [1940], Winston Churchill became prime minister at the head of a broad coalition. On the same day, German forces invaded the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. After Rotterdam was heavily bombed, the Dutch forces surrendered to avoid further destruction. Dutch Queen Wilhelmina defiantly set up a government-in-exile in London.» (
DKHistory, p.390);« ... after eighteen days of resistance King Leopold III ordered the Belgian Army to capitulate, thereby putting the British and French troops that had gone to Belgium’s assistance in a desperate position. While the King remained a prisoner of war, the Government [of Pierlot] in exile [in London] continued to fight with the Allies. The King’s conduct considerably lowered the prestige of the monarchy.» (Palmer, p.28);« On the opening of the World War II, Luxembourg was again occupied by Germany and until she was liberated by the U.S. Army the Grand Duchess [Charlotte] and her government had fled abroad.» (Morita, 1998, p.437).

Qui fera mettre de tous les siens à mors
: Hitler shall be determined to put to death all of his people [tous les siens] in case of German defeat, and in deed by his death had destroyed millions of the Germans [de tous les siens], the partitive article ‘de’ signifying the latter fact. « It was essentially Hitler’s decision to fight the war to its now inevitable finish. For a time at least Stalin was already prepared to revert to the Nazi-Soviet Pact. He offered to negotiate with Hitler in December 1942 and again in summer 1943. In the autumn, fearing that Anglo-American long-term strategy predicated a Nazi-Soviet war of exhaustion, he sent his Deputy Foreign Minister and former Berlin ambassador, Vladimir Dekanozov, to Stockholm, with an effort of a return to the 1914 frontiers and an economic deal. No doubt Stalin hoped to resurrect his 1925 strategy, pull out of the war and re-enter it later. But in November 1942, on the anniversary of his putsch, Hitler had said, ‘There will no longer be any peace efforts coming from us’, and he stuck to that resolve, fulfilling the menacing prediction he had made on numerous occasions in the 1920s and 1930s that Germany had the choice only between world leadership and national destruction.» (Johnson, 1991, p.410-411); « By March 21 [1945], Patton had swept the west bank clear of the enemy along a seventy-miles stretch between Coblenz and Mannheim, cutting off the German forces in that sector before they could withdraw to the Rhine. Next night, Patton’s troops crossed the river almost unopposed at Oppenheim, between Mainz and Mannheim. When the news of this surprise stroke reached Hitler, he called for immediate countermeasures, but was told that no resources remained available... On the eve of the Rhine crossing Hitler had issued an order declaring that ‘the battle should be conducted without consideration for our own population’. His regional commissioners were instructed to destroy ‘all industrial plants, all the main electricity works, waterworks, gas works’ together with ‘all food and clothing stores’ in order to create ‘a desert’ in the Allies’ path. But his own Minister of War Production, Albert Speer, at once protested against this drastic order. To these protests Hitler retorted: ‘If the war is lost, the German nation will also perish. So there is no need to consider what the people require for continued existence.’ Appalled at such callousness, Speer was shaken out of his loyalty to Hitler. He went behind Hitler’s back to the army and industrial chiefs, and persuaded them, without much difficulty, to evade executing Hitler’s decree.» (Hart, 1971, p.678-679); « Balance sheet of the WWII, human loss: Germany 5.25 millions, whose 500,000 are civilians.» (Ploetz, 1998, p.801-802).
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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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