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§827 D-Day, Liberation of Belgium and Allied Victory over the Nazis (1944-1945): IV-81.

IV-81 (§827):

The bridge of barks shall be promptly made,
The army of the ‘Overlord’ shall pass Belgium:
Into the depths not far from Brussels,
Further pass to have cut off
[the Nazis] with weapons on 7th [of May, 1945].

(Pont on fera promptement de nacelles,
Passer l'armee du grand prince Belgique:
Dans profondrés & non loing de Brucelles,
Oultre passés detrenchés sept à picque.)

NOTES: The following summary in a sufficient way explains the quatrain: « The invasion of France (known as the Second Front) began on ‘D-Day’, 6 June 1944 [= Operation ‘Overlord’, i.e. ‘le grand prince’]. It was felt that the time was ripe now that Italy had been eliminated, the U-boats controlled and Allied air superiority achieved; the Russians had been urging the Allies to start this second front ever since 1941 to relieve pressure on them. The landings took place from sea and air on a 60-mile stretch of Normandy beaches between Cherbourg and Le Havre. There was strong German resistance, but at the end of the first week, aided by prefabricatedMulberryharbours [The bridge of barks shall be promptly made] and by PLUTO (pipelines under the ocean) carrying motor fuel, 326,000 men with tanks and heavy lorries had landed safely; eventually over three million Allied troops were landed. Within a few weeks most of northern France was liberated (Paris on 25 August), putting out of action the sites from which the German V1 and V2 rocket missiles had been launched with devastating effects on south-eastern Britain. Brussels and Antwerp were captured [The army of the ‘Overlord’ shall pass Belgium] in September.» (Lowe, 1988, p.263-264).

« The assault on Germany itself followed, but the end was delayed by desperate German resistance and disagreements between the Americans and British. Montgomery wanted a rapid thrust to reach Berlin before the Russians, but the American General Eisenhower favoured a cautious advance along a broad front. The British failure at Arnhem in Holland (September 1944) seemed to support Eisenhower’s view, though in fact the Arnhem operation (an attempt by parachute troops to cross the Rhine and outflank the German Siegfried Line) might have worked if the troops had landed nearer the two Rhine bridges. Consequently Eisenhower had his way and Allied troops were dispersed over a 600-mile front, with unfortunate results: Hitler was able to launch a last offensive through the weakly defended Ardennes towards Antwerp; the Germans broke through the American lines and advanced 60 miles, causing a huge bulge in the front line (December 1944). Determined British and American action stemmed the advance and pushed the Germans back to their original position [
Into the depths not far from Brussels]. But the Battle of the Bulge, as it became known, was important because Hitler had risked everything on the attack and had lost 250,000 men and 600 tanks, which at this stage could not be replaced. Early in 1945 Germany was being invaded on both fronts; the British still wanted to push ahead and take Berlin before the Russians, but supreme commander Eisenhower refused to be hurried, and Berlin fell to Stalin’s forces in April. Hitler committed suicide and Germany surrendered [Further pass to have cut off the Nazis with weapons on 7th of May, 1945].» (Lowe, id., p.264-265).

Profondrés: A plural substantive of p.p. of profonder or profondir (to deepen) = depths.

Detrencher
: = « détrancher „zerschneiden (to cut)‟, verstärktes trancher (intensive of cut, to cut off).» (
Gamillscheg).

Discussion:
Ionescu’s interpretation (1976, p.557-558) duly contains the four relevant points:
1° D-Day,
2° Liberation of Belgium,
3° Battle of the Bulge and
4° German defeat in the end.

But, in detail his explanation roughly misses the mark:
1° He interprets “pont de nacelles” as a pontoon (un pont de milliers de petits bateaux – amphibies), but it designates the artificial harbours, which were specially prefabricated to be swiftly (promptement) constructed and not made improvisationally: à l’improviste (promptement) as he meant: « MULBERRY HARBOURS Since the speed with which supplies and reinforcements could be landed was crucial, and capturing a port would be difficult, the Allied planners decided to solve the problem by taking their own “Mulberry Harbours” with them. Huge breakwaters, causeways and piers were built in Britain, floated across the Channel and then sunk in place off Normandy in the first couple of weeks after D-Day. two Mulberries were built. One was wrecked in a storm on 19 June, but the other remained in use until late 1944.»
(Sommerville, 2008, p.155).

2° He does not refer to the code name ‘Overlord’ suggested by the term “le grand prince”, which he interprets as ‘great commander in chief (la commande du grand chef)’.

3° The word “sept (seven)” is arbitrarily converted by him into “secte (a sect)”, which is said to designate the Nazis, which, however, is too obvious in the context to be mentioned.
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