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§828 The vicissitudes of Marshal Pétain, of the Anglo-Americo-Soviet Alliance (1940-1945-): IV-32.

IV-32 (§828):

Somewhere and sometimes an animal shall give rise to a fish:
The law common to the opposite shall be constituted:
An aged shall hold tight, then removed from the medium.
The maxim: All are common to the friends left far behind.

(Es lieux & temps chair au poiss. donrra lieu:
La loy commune sera faicte au contraire:
Vieux tiendra fort, puis oste du milieu
Le πάντα κοῖνα φιλῶμ mis fort arriere.)

NOTES: This quatrain describes France of Pétain’s time and the future of the regime (Lamont, 1944, p.120).

Poiss.: = Poisson (Hutin, 1972, p.191).

Donner lieu à
: = « Fournir l’occasion. Voir Occasionner, produire, provoquer. (To give the occasion for. Cf. To occasion, to produce, to provoke).» (Petit Robert); « To give rise to, to be the occasion for.» (Dubois).

Somewhere and sometimes an animal shall give rise to a fish:
It takes place happenings in this world hardly imagined.

The law common to the opposite shall be constituted:
meaning the Alliance of the Anglo-Saxon and the Soviets against the Nazis: « In this personal struggle for survival, Stalin was greatly helped at every stage by the Western democracies. It can be said that, if Hitler’s policy saved the regime, Churchill and Roosevelt saved Stalin himself. When Hitler attacked, there were some cool heads who argued that Western aid to Russia should be on a basis of simple material self-interest, highly selective and without any moral or political commitment. George Kennan minuted to the State Department, Russia should be regarded as a ‘fellow-traveller’ rather than ‘a political associate’. This was sensible. On a moral plane Stalin was no better than Hitler; worse in some ways. Britain had no obligations whatever to Russia. Up to the very moment of the German invasion, the Soviet regime had done its best to assist Hitler’s war-effort, fulfilling its raw-materials delivery contracts scrupulously. As late as early June 1941 the RAF was still contemplating bombing the Baku oilfields, which were supplying the Wehrmacht. But at this point Churchill was close to despair about the long-term prospects for the war, and the likelihood of a successful German thrust right into the Middle East. When Hitler turned on Russia instead, his relief was so intense that he reacted in an irrational manner. here was the opportunity to combine Anglo-Saxon industrial power with Russian manpower, to bleed the German army to death! It was exactly the same impulse which had prompted his Gallipoli scheme in the Great War, whose success, he still believed, would have altered the whole course of the world history. The evening of the German invasion Churchill, without consulting his War cabinet, committed Britain to a full working partnership with Russia. Eden was even more enthusiastic, under the influence of his secretary, Oliver Harvey, a pro-Soviet Cambridge intellectual, who regarded the Gulag Archipelago as the necesssary price for Russian modernization. To launch the new alliance [The law common to the opposite shall be constituted] Churchill chose as his emissary his friend Lord Beaverbrook. He brushed aside pleas from the specialists of the British embassy, who shared Kennan’s view, and who wanted hard bargaining, ‘trading supplies against detailed information about Russian production and resources’. Beaverbrook laid down the policy as ‘to make clear beyond a doubt the British and American intention to satisfy Russian needs to the utmost in their power, whether the Russians gave anything or not. It was to be a Christmas Tree party. The aid was given unconditionally, being passed directly to Stalin’s personal autocracy. No questions were ever asked about what he did with it. The Soviet people were never officially informed of its existence. Thus Britain and America supplied the means by which Stalin bolstered his personal power, and he repaid them in the ready coin of his soldiers’ lives. Churchill and Roosevelt were content with this arrangement [The law common to the opposite shall be constituted].» (Johnson, 1991, p.384-385).

Vieux
(An aged): = Le vieux monarche (the aged monarch) (§829, III-47) = Maréchal Henri Philippe Pétain (1856-1951).

The medium
: = The capital of unoccupied France, Vichy, situated geographically in the central France.  

Oste: = Osté (ôté), Removed: « Enlèvement de Pétain – 20 août 1944 (Removal of Pétain – August 20, 1944).» (Fontbrune, 1980, p.319).

An aged shall hold tight, then removed from the medium: « Renversement de la IIIe République par le maréchal Pétain (Vieux, le Panta) (Overthrow of the IIId Republic by Marshal Pétain suggested by AGED and PANTA).» (Hutin, id.); « As a military gamble the attack on France was a complete success. It began on 10 May and six weeks later, on 22 June, France signed an armistice which gave Hitler everything he wanted. The ration of casualties – 27,000 German dead to 135,000 for the Allies – gives some indication of the magnitude of the German victory. France rapidly inclined towards the Nazi camp. The Third Republic collapsed, friendless and unmourned. The armistice had been signed by Maréchal Henri Philippe Pétain [1856-1951], and he was now invested with pleins pouvoirs by the rump parliament in the new capital set up in Vichy. He was the most popular French general because his men felt they were less likely to be killed under his command than anyone else’s. He was stupid. His books were ghosted for him by clever young officers. But he had the simple dignity of the French peasant (his father had been one). When Le Petit Journal held a survey in 1935 to find whom the French would most like as their dictator, Pétain came top. Second was Pierre Laval, a former socialist of the Moussolini type, whom Pétain now made Prime Minister. Pétain quickly became the most popular French ruler since Napoleon. He incarnated anti-romanticism, the anxiety to relinquish historical and global duties, the longing for a quiet and safe life which now swept over France. Hitler had no difficulty in turning Vichy into a ally. On 3 July 1940, lacking adequate reassurances, the Royal Navy was instructed to sink the French fleet in Oran and other North African ports. Two days later Pétain broke off relations with Britain, and thereafter Vichy drifted inexorably into the Nazi camp, where she was ruthlessly treated as a milch-cow. Some 40 per cent of France’s industrial production, 1,500,000 workers and half France’s public sector revenue went to the German war-economy.» (Johnson, 1991, p.364-366); « For two years he sought to put his ideas into practice as ‘Head of State’ in unoccupied France [An aged shall hold tight], but, after German troops overran the whole of France in November 1942, he became little more than a German puppet.» (Palmer, p.217); « Chief of French State, July 10, 1940, with Napoleonic powers. Established new capital at Vichy and called for a ‘National Revolution’ based on ‘Work, Family and Fatherland’. Dismissed P.M. Laval, Feb. 1941, but forced to reinstate him under German pressure, April 1942. Grew weaker, personally and politically. Arrested by the Germans, Aug. 20, 1944; deported to Belfort (NE. France), then to Sigmaringen (SE. Germany) [removed from the medium]. Voluntarily returned to France, April 1945; sentenced to death by High Court of Justice (14 votes to 13); commuted to life imprisonment by de Gaulle; banished to Ile d’Yeu (Bay of Biscay).» (Argyle, 1980, p.34).

Le
πάντα κοῖνα φιλῶμ: = Le πάντα κοῖνα φιλῶν = The proverb: ALL of the FRIENDS COMMON.

The maxim: All are common to the friends left far behind: = The Alliance between the Allies in the WWII is to be transformed after the war into a COLD WAR between the West and the East: « Towards the end of the war the harmony that had existed between the USSR, the USA and the British empire began to evaporate and all the old suspicions came to the fore again. Relations between soviet Russia and the west soon became so difficult that although no actual armed conflict took place directly between the two opposing camps, the decade after 1945 saw the first phase of the Cold War which continued, in spite of several ‘thaws’, into the 1980s. This means that instead of allowing their mutual hostility to express itself in open fighting, the rival powers confined themselves to attacking each other with propaganda and economic measures and with a general policy of non-co-operation. Both super-powers gathered allies about them: between 1945 and 1948 the USSR drew into its orbit most of the states of eastern Europe, as communist governments came to power in Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Albania, Czechoslovakia and East Germany (1949). A communist government was established in North Korea (1948) and the communist bloc seemed to be further strengthened in 1949 when Mao Tse-Tung was at last victorious in the long-drawn-out civil war in China. On the other hand the USA hastened the recovery of Japan and fostered her as an ally and worked closely with Turkey, providing them with vast economic aid in order to build up an anti-communist bloc. Whatever one bloc suggested or did was viewed by the other as having only ulterior and aggressive motives; thus, for example, there was a long wrangle over where the frontier between Poland and Germany should be, and no permanent settlement for Germany and Austria could be agreed on.» (Lowe, 1988, p.277-278).
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