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§801 The German troops approaching Paris (1940): III-7.

III-7 (§801):

The fugitives, fire of the sky upon their pikes:
Close combats of the frolicking ravens,
From the earth they are calling for heavenly aid and succour,
When the combatants are approaching the walls.

(Les fuitifs, feu du ciel sus les piques:
Conflit prochain des corbeaux s'esbatans,
De terre on crie aide secour celiques,
Quand pres des murs seront les combatans.)

NOTES: Fuitif: = « adj. and subs., fugitif (fugitive).» (Godefroy).

Conflit prochain: = « Nahkampf (close combat, hand-to-hand fight).» (Centurio, 1953, p.69).

Here is a reasonable solution of the quatrain by Centurio:
« (June 1940)
Fire shall fall upon the weapons of the fugitives,
A close combat of the birds, that are flying up in the sky,
From the earth peoples are crying for helps into the Heaven,
When the combatants shall have arrived near the walls
.
  The German troops approaches Paris in June 1940: Nostradamus des
cribes the aerial combats and predicts the French’s calling for help into the celestial range.» (Centurio, 1953, p.69).

« 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 [From the earth they are calling for heavenly aid and succour] 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).

« ... 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 [The fugitives], 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 [Close combats of the frolicking ravens] 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 [When the combatants are approaching the walls]; Paris was captured on 14 June and France surrendered on 22 June.» (Lowe, 1988, p.252); « Already sensing the ordeals ahead, Winston Churchill, newly elected Prime Minister of Britain, told the House of Commons defiantly, ‘I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears and sweat... You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all of our might and all the strength that God gave us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of terror, victory however long and hard the road may be...’ But at this moment victory was all for Hitler’s iron columns from the Ardennes. They roared onwards, fanning out behind the French 9th Army, spreading confusion and terror and defeatism. Two more armoured divisions crossed the Meuse and broke through at Dinant. Early in the morning of May 15 Winston Churchill was amazed to receive a telephone call from the French Premier, Paul Reynaud, ‘We are beaten, we have lost the battle.’ The French 9tth Army had in fact completely disintegrated. A vast mass of enemy armour was pouring through a gap 50 miles wide. The foremost Panzers were already 100 miles deep into France. Over wide areas before and around them terrified refugees were fleeing [From the earth they are calling for heavenly aid and succour], choking the roads vital for the movement of Allied troops.» (Maule, 1972, p.12-15).

« ... 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 [the frolicking ravens] 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); « Dunkirk 26 May-3 June 1940 ... In the skies, the Luftwaffe and RAF [Royal Air Force] were engaged in a desperate battle [Close combats of the frolicking ravens] and both sides suffered heavy casualties, while at sea the evacuation vessels faced the gauntlet of German bombers and E-boats as they tried to approach Dunkirk.» (Grant, 2011, p.811).
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