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§819 The Atlantic Wall and its failure (1944): III-9.

III-9 (§819):

Bordeaux, Rouen and La Rochelle united
Shall hold around the Atlantic:
The English, the Bretons and the Flemish conjoined
Shall chase them as far as near Roanne.

(Bourdeaux, Rouen & la Rochele joints
Tiendront au tour la grand mer oceane:
Anglois, Bretons & les Flamans conjoints
Les chasseront jusques au-pres de Roane.)

NOTES: Each interpreter has a merit to be respected: « III-9 (June to August 1944) The breakthrough of Avranches: ... The German troops flee as far as the Rhein [Rouane interpreted as Rhénane (province)].» (Centurio, 1953, p.70); « III, 9. The occupied zone from Rouen to Bordeaux. The Atlantic Wall. The Liberation. Rouen - 1944. Bordeaux, Rouen and La Rochelle reunited (in the occupation) shall hold the French oceanic coasts (the Atlantic Wall), the Anglo-Americans, the French and the Belgians united shall repulse them as far as Rouen.» (Fontbrune, 1980, p.322); « III.9 : 1944. Bordeaux, Rouen and La Rochelle demarcate the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, the ancient “Mer Océane (Oceanic Sea)”, held by the Germans. The Anglo-Americans and the Belgians, allied, shall chase those who occupied these cities as far as near Roanne, to Lyons, capital of the Resistance.» (Luni, 1998, p.155); « 3/9 - 1944. This probably refers to the Allied landings in 1944, and to the eventual driving out of the German Axis forces from French territory.» (Halley, 1999, p.167).

Oceane: =
« océane adj.f. mer océane (lat. mare oceanum la mer d’Océanos, Okéanos) Océan; l’Atlantique (= l’océan Atlantique) [Ocean; the Atlantic (= the Atlantic Ocean)].»
(Ibuki).

Au tour: « autour
(au tour, cf. aux environs [in the neighbourhood]), adv. et prép.: autour.
[adv. and prep.: around].» (Daele).

Bordeaux, Rouen and La Rochelle united Shall hold around the Atlantic: = The Atlantic Wall of the continental coast occupied by the Germans: « As the hour of invasion loomed the Germans had massed 41 divisions in Northern France and the Low Countries; 18 further divisions were poised south of the Loire [Bordeaux and La Rochelle] to surge northwards. The 15th Army, with 19 divisions, was positioned around Calais and Boulogne, where the invasion was expected. The 7th Army, of 10 divisions, was in Normandy [Rouen]... The German troops massed along northern coast were backed by the formidable fortifications of Hitler’s vaunted Atlantic Wall. The energetic Field-Marshal Rommel, switched to this front in January under Field-Marshal von Rundstedt, the supreme commander in the west, had lost no time in preparing a hostile reception for his vanquishers in Africa. With a work force of half a million slave labourers he had constructed a forest of steel-and-concrete wrecking devices under water and along the heavily mined beaches. beyond them were deep-dug gun emplacements covering every conceivable landing place, tank traps, festoons of barbed wire, fortified weapon pits and thick-walled pill-boxes. Behind the coast lay minefields, and still farther back forests of posts had been planted across the flat fields to wreck any airborne landings. To add to the difficulties of airborne assault, the flat, marshy lands behind the Normandy coast had been extensively flooded, particularly around the base of the Cotentin peninsula, below the major port of Cherbourg. Rommel aimed to defeat any Allied invasion on the beaches; as Montgomery put it, ‘He’ll do his best to Dunkirk us’.» (Maule, 1972, p.374-375).

« The Atlantic Wall, which supposedly stretched from Norway to the Spanish frontier.» (Beevor, 2010, p.32); « The key question, of course, was where the Allies would attack... the most likely areas would be those well within range of Allied airbases in southern and eastern England. This meant anywhere from the coast of Holland all the way down the Channel to Cherbourg at the tip of the Cotentin peninsula... The most obvious target of all was the Pas-de-Calais. This offered the Allies the shortest sea route, the greatest opportunity for constant air support and a direct line of advance to the German frontier less than 300 kilometres away. This invasion, if successful, could cut off German forces further west and also overrun the V-1 launching sites, which would soon be ready. For all these reasons, the main defences of the whole Atlantic Wall had been concentrated between Dunkirk and the Somme estuary. The second most likely invasion area consisted of the Normandy beaches to the west. Hitler began to suspect that this might well be the Allied plan, but he predicted both stretches of coast so as to make sure that he could claim afterwards that he had been right...» (Beevor, id., p.33-34).

The English, the Bretons and the Flemish conjoined: The English, the Bretons and the Flemish are of the Allied multi-national troops from the British Isles southward to Normandy across the English Channel, “the Bretons” designating the Free French soldiers and “the Flemish” those of Netherlands and Belgium: « JUNE 6, 1944 Sea War Allied Invasion of Normandy. D-Day Forces Allied: Troops landed: 75,215 British and Canadians from sea, 7,900 airborne; 57,500 Americans from sea, 15,500 airborne.» (Argyle, 2009, p.157); « Nearly 5,000 landing ships and assault craft were escorted by six battleships, four monitors, twenty-three cruisers, 104 destroyers and 152 escort vessels, as well as the 277 minesweepers clearing channels ahead. Most were British, American and Canadian, but there were also French, Polish, Dutch and Norwegian warships.» (Beevor, 2010, p.74); « One of Admiral Ramsay’s greatest concerns was a mass attack on the invasion fleet by German U-boats from their bases in Brittany. Naval anti-submarine forces were deployed, but the main task of covering the south-western approaches fell on 19 Group of Coastal Command mainly flying B-24 Liberators and Sunderland flying boats. The group included one Czech, one Polish, one New Zealander, two Australian and three Canadian squadrons. Even the RAF’s own 224 Squadron was a mixed bag of nationalities, with 137 Britons, forty-four Canadians, thirty-three Anzacs, two Americans, a Swiss, a Chilean, a South African and a Brazilian.» (Beevor, 2010, p.76); « The D-Day air offensive was another multinational operation. It included five New Zealander, seven Australian, twenty-eight Canadian, one Rhodesian, six French, fourteen Polish, three Czech, two Belgian, two Dutch and two Norwegian squadrons. Other units from these Allied countries were assigned to ‘anti-Diver’ missions, attacking the V-bomb launch sites in northern France.» (Beevor, id., p.79).

The English, the Bretons and the Flemish conjoined Shall chase them as far as near Roanne: « The invasion of southern France, Operation Anvil, had been key to American planning ever since August 1943. Churchill had fought the idea, did not want to divert troops from the Italian front, mainly because he dreamed of invading Austria and the Balkans to prevent a post-war Soviet frontier running all the way down to the Adriatic. President Roosevelt outmanoeuvred the British at the Teheran Conference in November 1943. Without warning Churchill, he told Stalin about the plan to invade southern France as well as Normandy. Stalin approved the idea immediately. To the exasperation of Roosevelt, Marshal and Eisenhower, the British never stopped trying divert Anvil, renamed Operation Dragoon, away from southern France... Events proved the Americans resoundingly right. The landings of 151,000 Allied troops along the Côte d’Azur from Nice to Marseilles were practically unopposed, the major port of Marseilles was secured and the invasion provoked a rapid German withdrawal from central and south-western France. Even Hitler was forced to recognize the necessity, wrote General Warlimont, ‘especially when the first paratroop and airborne operations proved immediately successful. This was the only occasion I can recall when Hitler did not hesitate too long before deciding to evacuate territory.» (Beevor, 2010, p.444-445);


« The breakthrough in Normandy with the 15 August landings in the south of France triggered a hasty withdrawal not only by the Germans, but also by Vichy’s hated paramilitary force, the Milice. Over the next few days, Luftwaffe and naval personnel from ports in southern and western France, Organisation Todt officials, supply and clerical personnel from military depots, security police – in fact the whole apparatus of the German occupation built up over four years – pulled out. A running battle was fought across France against the Milice. Well aware of their fate if they stayed behind, these criminal paramilitaries sought safety in eastern France and then Germany. Vehicles, bicycles and horses were seized as well as food to help them on their way. German forces in the south-west ordered their men to escape in ‘march groups’. Few got through. Most succumbed to hunger and exhaustion and were forced to surrender to the FFI [the Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur] or the Americans.» (Beevor, id., p.447).

Jusques au-pres de Roane (as far as near Roanne): The nominated city of Roanne (Loire) is the central point near which the axes of retreat of the German troops from southern and western France ran to Colmar (Haut-Rhin), their point of rally (cf. Duby, p.104 Chart A. Libération de la France et de l’Europe occidentale).   
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