§813 The grand Alliance of UK and USA (1940-1945): II-89.

II-89 (§813):

From the yoke shall be freed the two great masters,
Their great power shall be seen augmented:
The new land shall be in its high beings:
As to the sanguinary one the number reckoned up.

(Du jou seront demis les deux grandz maistres
Leur grand pouvoir se verra augmenté:
La terre neufve sera en ses haults estres:
Au sanguinaire le nombre racompté.)

NOTES: Jou: = Joug (yoke); « Jou, orthographe attesté de joug (Jou is an attested orthography of joug (TL au mot jou).»
(Brind’Amour, 1996, p.321).

Demis: = Pp. of « Demettre. Écarter (to remove from).» (Huguet).

Maistre: = « docteur, médecin (a doctor, a physician).» (Godefroy) = Master.

The two great masters: « In A.D. 1776, THIRTEEN American colonies renounced British suzerainty. One hundred and sixty-five years later [1776+165=1941], forty-eight United States offered all-out aid to the mother country in her hour of need through H.R. 1776, the lease-lend bill, a declaration of interdependence... An announcement on August 14, 1941, disclosed the first steps in this direction. Somewhere on the war-infested waters of the Atlantic Ocean, President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill met and agreed on a joint eight-point declaration of their war aims, renouncing all territorial aggrandizement and agreeing to resist all territorial changes not according with the freely expressed wishes of those people concerned. The statement of “the two great masters” was released simultaneously in London, Ottawa, and Washington.» (Boswell, 1941, p.339-343).

From the yoke shall be freed the two great masters:
« Throughout 1941, Britain fought on against the Nazis. The chief threat to Britain at this stage in the war lay in the Battle of the Atlantic – German attempts to cut off the country’s seaborne supplies of food and war material [the yoke (to UK)]. In May, the German battleship Bismarck sortied into the Atlantic. After sinking the Royal Navy battle cruiser HMS Hood, Bismarck was tracked down, halted by torpedoes dropped from Swordfish aircraft, and then sunk by British battleships. The British and Canadian navies were less successful at protecting merchant convoys against German submarines, however, and losses were soon mounting. The British people felt the effect of this in reduced food rations. Britain did not hesitate to ally itself with the Soviet Union, despite Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s strong dislike of Soviet communism. But the British really needed the US to enter the war. President Roosevelt made no pretence of neutrality. In March, he introduced Lend-Lease to supply Britain with military equipment paid for by the US government. American shipyards and factories benefited greatly from this, as did American workers with plentiful and well-paid jobs. Later in the year, free military aid from the US was extended to the Soviet Union. In August, Roosevelt and Churchill met at Placentia Bay in Newfoundland, Canada, where they agreed the Atlantic Charter, a statement of joint war aims embodying liberal democratic principles. American warships were already escorting convoys in the eastern Atlantic, and in October a US destroyer was sunk by a German torpedo, but Roosevelt felt he lacked the popular support [the yoke (to USA)] needed for a declaration of war. Roosevelt’s dilemma was resolved by the Japanese. The US opposed Japan’s expansion into Asia, and after Japanese troops entered French Indochina in July Roosevelt imposed an oil embargo. Since Japan was entirely depended on imported oil, its government had the choice of abandoning its military ambitions or fighting a war with the US. Following a plan advocated by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, on 7 December, Japanese carrier aircraft delivered a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The raid sank or damaged 18 warships and destroyed around 300 aircraft, which severely damaged the US Pacific fleet. The shock of the raid on Pearl Harbor ensured popular American support for war with Japan, but not with Germany. To the relief of both Churchill and Roosevelt, Hitler chose to declare war on the US in support of his Japanese allies [From the yoke shall be freed the two great masters]. At the Arcadia Conference in Washington at the end of the year, Britain and the US agreed a military strategy that gave priority to defeating the Germans. The two countries also agreed to unify their military command under the Combined Chiefs of Staff.» (DKHistory, p.392-393).

« ONE OF THE most extraordinary aspects of World War II was the high degree of cooperation achieved between Great Britain and the United States. That cooperation began long before America actually entered the conflict and continued, despite tensions and disagreements, to the very end. Never before in history had two allies come as near to success in pooling their resources, in meshing their military and diplomatic efforts, and in planning and carrying out a common strategy as did the two great English-speaking nations between 1939 and 1945. As more and more of the documents of the period are opened to public view, it becomes increasingly clear that much of this unique instance of cooperation resulted from the accident of history that brought Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston S. Churchill to positions of leadership at a critical juncture in world history and from the personal relationship that ripened between the two men during a time of common emergency. Seldom have two world leaders worked together so closely or attained such a degree of intimacy. In World War I President Woodrow Wilson and Prime Minister David Lloyd George had been antagonists as much as allies, and their personal relationship was distant, and often strained. In World War II Roosevelt and Churchill became friends. The friendship between the two men first developed through one of the most extensive and comprehensive correspondences between world leaders in all history. In the five and a half years between the outbreak of war in Europe and the death of Roosevelt more than 1,700 letters, telegrams, and other messages – over 700 from Roosevelt and over 1,000 from Churchill – passed between the two men, an incredible average of nearly one each day. While some were, to be sure, one-liners – Roosevelt’s retort “Some baby!” on March 30, 1943, is a fine example – others ran for five pages and more. Churchill, who usually ranged wider than did the President and wrote less tersely, needed fifteen pages – plus an appendix – to describe the war situation on December 7, 1940. In these letters the basis for Anglo-American cooperation was established and the means for implementing it devised long before the United States actually entered the war. As early as February 1940 Roosevelt expressed his desire for a personal meeting; and in August 1941, while America was still technically neutral, the first of nine conferences was held, during which the two leaders [the two great masters] cemented their relationship. This historic meeting took place aboard two warships in Argentia bay, off the coast of Newfoundland. After the United States had entered the war, Churchill traveled to Washington several times to meet with the President: in December 1941, June 1942, and May and September 1943. Both men went to Casablanca in January 1943, to Quebec in August 1943, to Cairo and Teheran in November of that year, to Quebec again in September 1944, and to Yalta in February 1945. All in all, they spent some 120 days in each other’s company, and what success they achieved in conferences owed not a little to the groundwork, both substantive and personal, which had been laid in their correspondence.» (Loewenheim et al., 1975, p.3-5).

Their great power shall be seen augmented:
« Drawing on their experience at the first Washington conference, the Allied military chiefs moved to increase coordination, and they created the Combined Chiefs of Staff in December 1941. Deputies of the senior commanders of the British armed services were assigned to Washington as the British joint ataff mission, and a committee system paralleling the British system was set up for the Combined Chiefs of Staff. This comlex system made it possible to achieve the high degree of coordination that was vital for the rest of the war. From the time of their first meeting on January 23, 1942, into the postwar years, the Combined Chiefs of Staff met regularly every Friday. Out of this close association there emerged a spirit of personal and professional respect that made easier the work of developing a combined strategy. On the other side of the Atlantic Churchill presided over the Cabinet Committee of Imperial Defense, a group that met once a week, or sometimes more frequently, to prepare for eventualities and to determine policies. On the basis of these decisions the various government departments drew up more detailed plans.» (Loewenheim et al., id., p.24); « At the heart of the Pentagon was another new body, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the committee of the armed service chiefs, which co-ordinated American planning and had an effective liaison organization working with its British equivalent. Although there were many disputes, Anglo-American planning was much more effective than the chaotic German or Japanese equivalents, with their capricious leaders and vicious inter-service rivalries. The JCS organization was truly a major factor in the Allied victory.» (Sommerville, 2008, p.78).

The new land shall be in its high beings:
« The USA at War The war was kinder to the United States than to any other warring nation. The country ended the war with the lowest casualty rate of any major combatant and the American people generally prospered in the economic boom the war brought. In late 1940 President Roosevelt spoke of his wish that the United States would become the “arsenal of democracy”. Even before Pearl Harbor this wish was fast becoming a reality and its consequences were transforming the USA and its relationship with the rest of the world. No informed observer in 1939 was in any doubt about the country’s potential strength, but when the war in Europe began 15 per cent of the workforce was unemployed, factories were idle and other economic indications confirmed the gloomy picture. By 1945 much had changed. In the course of the war the USA manufactured a stunning total of 300,000 military aircraft, 86,000 tanks and vast amounts of every other conceivable kind of military equipment. The US armed forces were the most lavishly equipped in the world and, over and above their supplies, American production also met an estimated 25 per cent of British needs, 10 per cent of Soviet requirements and large proportions of every other Allied power. Some 15 million men served in the US armed forces during the war along with 350,000 women, a total only surpassed by the Soviets. From 1942 this huge military establishment was controlled from the Pentagon, the world’s largest building, which had been newly opened in Washington, DC. In December 1941 Congress passed the War Powers Act giving the President more executive authority than he had ever had before. A whole range of government agencies was soon set up to manage various important aspects of the war economy – the War Production Board and Office of War Mobilization being among the most important. Manpower was perhaps the first issue. Conscription never dug as deep in the USA as in many other countries – married men were seldom drafted, for example. Men not drafted did not have to take war jobs and women were not compelled to work or serve in any way. Big business and ordinary people both prospered during the war. Corporate profits soared and so did farm prices. wages rose 50 per cent in real terms. The number of women working outside the home also expanded by about a third to 22 per cent of the workforce. Previously, women in paid work had generally been young, unmarried or childless, but older women and mothers commonly took jobs during the war. Although the idea of women doing “man’s work” was much publicized, the reality was slightly different. Few women moving into the workforce took over jobs previously done by men; rather they took new jobs, often of types that had not commonly existed previously. Indeed at the heart of the war production boom were a mass of such productivity improvements: new technologies, better machine tools, greater use of assembly-line methods and more.» ( Sommerville, 2008, p.78-79).

: = To reckon up; « Raconter. Recompter (to recount, to count again).» (Huguet); « raconter. compter (to reckon ).» (Godefroy).

The verses 1-3 derive the following consequence:
As to the sanguinary one the number reckoned up
: « Au sanguinaire Hitler, les jours seront alors comptés (For the sanguinary Hitler, his days shall be then counted over).» (Ionescu, 1976, p.553); « A.» ( Sommerville, 2008, p.194-).

N.B. Ionescu’s interpretation that the two great masters of the quatrain are the leaders of the USA and the USSR (Ionescu, 1976, p.553) is not pertinent because their relationship is only a simple military cooperation between the common enemies of Hitler, whereas that of Churchill and Roosevelt is conscientiously friendly in addition to the closest possible unification of military strategy, logistics and operations.
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Koji Nihei Daijyo

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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