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§823 Operation ‘Overlord’ and the full liberation of France under General de Gaulle (1940-1945): V-34.

V-34 (§823):

From the deepest of the English occident:
Where is the head of the Britannic Isle:
Shall come into Gironde an army via Blois,
With wine and salt, ammunitions hidden in the barrels.

(Du plus profond de l'occident Anglois:
Ou est le chef de l'isle britannique:
Entrera classe dans Gyronde par Blois,
Par vin & sel, feuz cachés aux barriques.)

NOTES: The analytic bench mark of the quatrain is the phrase “le chef de l’isle britannique (the head of the Britannic Isle)”, which, in correlation with that of the quatrain X-66 (§796) “le chef de Londres (the head of London)”, is to identify George VI reigning during WWII. Therefore, Hutin is right in gross as to its theme in saying “Libération de la France par les Américains, venus du plus profond de l’Occident Anglois (Liberation of France by the Americans, having come from the deepest of the English Occident).” (Hutin, 1972, p.213).

But, in truth and in detail, the last stages of the liberation of France, including the area of the Gironde, are due to the French Army of General
DE GAULLE, himself returning from England, after 4 years’ exile there, on the occasion of the Operation ‘Overlord’ in June 1944. And the expression “the deepest of the English occident” seems to refer to Wales, more northern (deeper, more esoteric) than Cornwall, the most western of England but more southern (exposed, exoteric) than Wales, and the word Galles, Wales in French, is the most reminiscent of the name of de Gaulle. Therefore, Dufresne’s interpretation of the phrase as “Portsmouth” (Dufresne, 1995, p.134) is not pertinent because Portsmouth was only one of the English marine bases for Normandy landings (cf. Sommerville, 2008, p.154 Chart: D-DAY PLANS), whereas he supposes it as the overall base and it is not the most western but in the centre of the southern English coast.

The following historical description explains well such a situation: « LIBERATION OF FRANCE September 11, 1944-May 8, 1945. The end of the liberation of France. In the South-West, where the Allied armies have not advanced, the liberation is the fact of the FFI [les Forces Françaises de l’Intérieur (the French Forces of the Interior), (which is integrated in the French Army of de Gaulle on 8 June and its commandments are dissolved by decree on 19 September 1944)] who occupy little by little the cities and install there the authorities issuing from the Resistance [le Comité français de libération nationale (CFLN, the French Committee of national liberation under the presidency of General de Gaulle) incorporates the responsibles of the internal Resistance on 6 November 1943], like in Toulouse since August 20 [1944]. In the North and the East, the Allied offensive goes on... It is more difficult to beat the Germans on the Atlantic coast. The siege of Royan lasts seven months, until 20th of April 1945. The German garrisons who hold Lorient, Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle capitulate only on 9 May 1945, next day of the armistice.» (Kaspi, 1980, p.452-453).

An army: = General de Gaulle’s Government’s Army:
« 1940 Aug: 7th, Britain signs agreement with Free French under Charles de Gaulle.» (Williams, 1968, p.574).
« 1942 July 13 The Free France and the Resistance are associated under the name of “combatant France”. Recognition of the combatant France by Great Britain.» (Jouette, p.290; p.294).
« 1943 May 15 Constitution of CNR (the national Council of the Resistance). May 30 De Gaulle arrives at Alger. June 3 At Alger, constitution of CFLN. December Foundation of FFI.» (Jouette, p.298-304).
« 1944 January 12 Meeting of Churchill with de Gaulle at Marakech. March 15 CNR publishes its program. April 13 In Algeria, the 2nd armoured division embarks for Great Britain. June 3 At Alger, the CFLN takes the name of GPRF (the Provisional Government of the French Republic). De Gaulle is its president. June 6 Operation ‘Overlord’. June 8 The FFI are integrated in the French Army. June 14 De Gaulle disembarks in France on the shore of Courseulles (Calvados): his first contact with the French soil since 1940. He leaves again for London in the evening. Coulet is the first commissioner of the Republic installed in Bayeux. July 6/10 De Gaulle visits the USA and obtains the agreement that the Americans renounce in favour of France the Allied Military Government for Occupied Territories. August 1 The 2nd armoured division of General Leclerc begins to land in Normandy. August 2 Churchill at the House of Commons: “In the course of these last four years, I have not always been agreed with General de Gaulle, but I have never forgotten that he has been the first to rise against the common enemy.” August 15 The Allies land in Provence... with the Ist French Army (General de Lattre de Tassigny). August 20 A truce, accepted by von Choltitz, commandant of the Grand-Paris, is decided by CNR of Paris. Arrival at Cherbourg of de Gaulle, coming from Alger. August 25 End of the liberation of Paris by the division Leclerc. De Gaulle goes to the station of Montparnasse. August 26 Triumphal procession along the Champs-Élysées by de Gaulle, Leclerc... September 1 Installation of GPRF in Matignon. Creation of the French Air Corps in Salon-de-Provence. September 2 FFI liberates Bordeaux, Chambéry, Tonnerre. In Paris, de Gaulle presides the first Council of GPRF in France. September 15 Liberation of Langres, Gray, Nancy by the French Army. September 19 The commandments of FFI are dissolved by a decree.» (Jouette, p.306-320).
« 1944 Oct: 23rd, Allies recognize General Charles de Gaulle’s administration as the provisional government of France.» (Williams, 1968, p.592).
« 1944 October 25 The first press conference held by General de Gaulle. October 28 GPRF decides the disarmament of the groups issuing from the Resistance. November 10/13 Trip to Paris of Churchill and Eden. December 29 Mobilization of the class 1943.» (Jouette, p.322-324).
« 1945 January 5 Bombardment on the German pocket of Royan (Charente-Maritime). January 15 A German attack from the pocket of La Rochelle. February 27 Mobilization of the classes 1940, 1941 and 1942. February 28 Signature in Washington of the accord renewing the Lend-Lease for France. April 14 General de Larminat begins to bombard Royan occupied by the Germans. April 18 The last Germans of Royan capitulate. The city is destroyed. May 1 The island of Oléron is liberated. The last German combatants in France have put down their arms on the eve. May 7 The armistice is signed at Reims. May 8 Official radio announcement of the Allied victory and the end of war in Europe by Truman, Churchill and de Gaulle at the hour of 15. May 8 Rochefort and La Rochelle are liberated. May 10 Liberation of Saint-Nazaire. May 11 The last German forces of the pockets of the West capitulate.» (Jouette, p.326-338).

Gironde: expressing by metonymy Royan, the city upon the north shore of the Gironde, and its neighbouring places such as Rochefort, La Rochelle and the island of Oléron (cf. Dufresne, id., p.135).

Shall come into Gironde an army via Blois: The expression « via Blois (par Blois)» signifies that the regions along the Loire (cf. Universalis92, p.36 Chart: L’assaut de la forteresse Europe – 1943-1945) were liberated in the Normandy campaign by the Allies including the French, but the region of the Gironde is to be liberated by the French only. Both are the same Free France Army under General de Gaulle.

« 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); « 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).

With wine and salt, ammunitions hidden in the barrels: These verses express the gigantic troops and provisions of the Allies: « World War II: Western Front Normandy 7 June – 25 July 1944 Each day after the 6 June invasion in World War II, the Allies poured troops and thousands of tons of supplies over the beaches, which caused a bottleneck. It was imperative that the Allies capture a port and expand the limited beachhead before the German reserves established a strong defensive line.» (Grant, 2011, p.866); « The Allied Supreme Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, led over 3 million men with 13,000 aircraft, 2,500 landing craft, 1,200 warships and a range of new equipment. Follow-up forces would benefit from the Mulberry Harbours and have their fuel needs supplied by PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) [ammunitions hidden in the barrels].» (Sommerville, 2008,p.154).

The interpretation of the quatrain by Dufresne (id, p.134-135) is full of insights, but with no regard to General de Gaulle, the half-hidden principal of the quatrain.

As to General Charles de Gaulle, cf. X-41 (§830), III-100 (
§855), VIII-90 (§856), III-14 (§906) and III-72 (§907).
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