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§837 The Germano-Italian Axis; Malta and Genoa (1940-1945): IV-68.

IV-68 (§837):

In the year at a point nearest Venus, at another not remote from Venus,
The two greatest of Asia and of Africa who
Shall have come, they’ll say, from the Rhine and Danube,
Cries, weeps in Malta and in the Ligurian direction.

(En l'an bien proche non esloigné de Venus,
Les deux plus grans de l'Asie & d'Affrique
Du Ryn & hister qu'on dira sont venus,
Crys, pleurs à Malte & costé ligustique.)

NOTES: About this extremely ambiguous quatrain, the various significant comments bequeathed to us by our predecessors may induce us to its clearer understanding: « Asia = Russia.» (Fontbrune, 1939, p.172); « In 1941... certainly, those who “have come from the Rhine and Danube” have traveled far this year. There are German armies on the march in Russia and Africa... Doubtless many Axis air raids upon Malta have evoked “cries and tears” and British battleships bombarded Genoa on February 9, 1941 [cf. Kaspi, p.117], pouring thundering broadsides into the hapless port. Lygustique is used for Genoa by poetic license, being derived from the old Roman and modern Italian province of Liguria, whereof Genoa is the capital. The Hitler-Mussolini alliance... » (Boswell, 1941, p.226-227); « Malta represents England... The great one of Africa is Mussolini.» (Lamont, 1944, p.185); « A clear prophecy for Hitler, the Axis Alliance, and early battles of World War II. The first [of the two greatest ones] is Italy represented here by her extensive African colonies.» (Hogue, 1997, p.351); « The translators who insist upon reading Hister as Hitler tend to ignore the disconcerting fact that Nostradamus used the same river name in another verses.» (Ovason, 1939, p.297).

In order to analyse right the most difficult verse of the first line, it is necessary for us to begin with relatively more understandable phrases of the second, and then the third:

The two greatest of Asia and of Africa: These qualifications seem to refer respectively to Hitler and Mussolini at the apogee of their aggressive expansionism in the middle of 1942 because:

1° Hitler has then occupied the south-western part of the USSR (cf.
Middleton and Heater, 1989, Unit 17-4 Barbarossa and back), anciently called “SAVROME” (§800, III-58): = « Sauromatae, See Sarmatae.» (Smith-Lockwood); « Sarmatae, pl. the Sarmatians; a barbarous people, who occupied the eastern parts of Europe; esp. portions of S.E. Russia; Sarmatia, their country.» (Smith-Lockwood); « SARMATIE (Sarmatia), A vast region which extended, in Europe and in Asia, between the Baltic Sea and the Caspian Sea, north of the Black Sea. It was divided into Occidental or European Sarmatia and Oriental or Asiatic Sarmatia. The first contained the countries now called Russia of Europe and Poland; the second included a part of the countries designated under the names of Siberia and Tartary and those situated between the Tanaïs [the Don], the Caucassus and the Caspian Sea.» (Landais).

According to Ptolemy (Tetrabiblos, p.128-159), our inhabited world is divided roughly into four quarters by the two grand crossed lines: the north-west quarter, the south-east quarter, the north-east quarter and the south-west quarter, in other words, Europe, the South of Greater Asia, the North of Greater Asia and Libya (today Africa); the vertical line of demarcation passes the Red Sea, the Aegean Sea, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov and the horizontal line of demarcation passes the Mediterranean and its eastern prolongation of moutainous terrain; the point of intersection is situated at the eastern extremity of the Mediterranean in the south-eastern open sea off the island of Cyprus.

« Of the third quarter, which includes the northern part of Greater Asia, embracing Hyrcania, Armenia, Matiana, Bactriana, Casperia, Serica, Sauromatica, Oxiana, Sogdiana,... [note by the translator: Of these Armenia lies south of the Caucasus between the Black Sea and the Caspian; Matiana and Hyrcania are around the south end of the Caspian, the former to the east and the latter to the west; Bactriana, Oxiana, and Sogdiana are still further east, around the upper courses of the Oxus; by Casperia is probably meant the region around the northern part of the Caspian Sea; Serica is China, or its western portion, and Sauromatica (called Sarmatia by the Romans) is the general name of Russia, here used of its Asiatic part. In the Geography, vi. 12, Ptolemy treats Oxiana as but one part of Sogdiana (Boll, Studien, p.205).].» (Tetrabiblos, p.145).

2° Mussolini’s « Italy represented here by her extensive African colonies [i.e., Lybia, Italian East Africa and Ethiopia]» (Hogue, id.) (cf. Duby, p.263 Chart C. The Partition of Africa).

Venir (To come): « V
ENIR DE.(To come from). 1° (With a complement marking the start point of displacement, the origin of the movement, the provenance). 2° (With a complement of origin). To come from, to spring from.» (Petit Robert).

Du Ryn & hister qu'on dira sont venus (who shall have come, they’ll say, from the Rhine and Danube): These two greatest rivers of Occidental Europe figuratively represent the above mentioned “two greatest of Asia and Africa”, namely Hitler and Mussolini above all in their resemblance of characteristcs because the sources of their principal branches (the Julia of the Rhine and the Inn of the Danube) are situated respectively upon the opposite side of the same watershed which crosses the summit of the Julierpass (2,284m above sea level) in Albula Alpen, Switzerland (cf. RV Verlag, Euro Atlas Die Alpen, p.33, 34 and 52); « Mussolini agreed to sign a formal military alliance with Germany. He dubbed it the Pact of Steel, and Ciano signed it on May 22 in Berlin. The Pact of Steel put the official stamp on the Rome-Berlin Axis. But although it involved the fates of millions of Italians and Germans, the alliance was based almost exclusively on the personal relationship between the two dictators, many of whose own advisors expressed indifference or outright hostility over the new partnership. Hitler and Mussolini paid them no mind. Indeed, the two leaders found plenty of common ground. For one thing, they were both essentially self-educated men who had risen from humble beginnings. Having been underestimated by the opposition, they had skillfully exploited the explosive political atmosphere following World War I by playing on fears of communism, making deals with big business, and preaching a sermon of nationalism in which both men genuinely believed. Despite some public comments to the contrary, both reveled in the idea of aggressive war and sought to expand their power and prestige at the expense of other nations. Neither knew much about such practical affairs of state as economics. T varying degrees, Hitler and the Duce both employed violence for the purpose of silencing potential enemies and achieving their political ends. Both dictators also understood the value of propaganda and the importance of politics as theater. Both had studied and praised a book by Gustave Le Bon called The crowd, which discusses the nature of mass psychology, and compelling oratory was given a central place in their respective bids for power. They also believed that the very personality of a charismatic leader could be a crucial factor in the success of a political movement. Each man carried on a long-term affair with a much younger woman. Hitler enjoyed the company of the innocuous but steadfastly loyal Eva Braun. Mussolini, who was married and had fathered several children, carried on a stormy affair with the more flamboyant Claretta Petacci. Both men later died in the company of their mistresses, each of whom made a conscious decision to share the fate of her lover. Hitler and the Duce were solitary souls who lived almost exclusively for their exercise of their personal power and the goal of national greatness, as they defined it. Over time, Hitler succeeded in convincing himself that he was the human embodiment of the German state, the infallible Messiah without whom Germany could not achieve true greatness. In similar fashion, Mussolini was billed as a modern incarnation of the ancient Caesars, an all-knowing scholar-warrior who worked tirelessly to elevate Italy’s position in the world at the expense of his personal comforts... To Hitler, Mussolini was that rarest birds: a world leader on his own level. In other words, Hitler viewed the Duce as a fellow Nietzschean Superman. Yet there was always an intangible element in Hitler’s feelings toward the Duce – a depth of emotion – that exceeded political calculations. But Hitler was nonetheless aware that his alliance with Italy was more of a burden than an asset. “The Axis must face the fact that it is saddled with Italy,” Hitler admitted in May 1943, a few months before the Italian coup. Yet through it all, Hitler genuinely spoke of Mussolini with admiration and warmth. Mussolini’s feelings toward Hitler were more complicated. Over time, Mussolini became impressed with Germany’s military might and what he viewed as the powerful personality of the Fuerer. The Duce, who was wont to say that Italy had too many guitar players and not enough warriors, was instinctively drawn to strength, which Hitler exuded in spades. “Nothing about Hitler aroused his Italian co-dictator’s envy more than his soldiers,” observed Eugen Dollmann, who as an interpreter had observed the two men together on numerous occasions, “and this was the fatal origin of their curious friendship, which was based on a truly Freudian mixture of love and hatred. Everything the Fuerer had – Stukas, tanks, submarines, countless divisions, paratroops, elite corps – the Duce wanted too, heedless of his limited resources and the total lack of interest and enthusiasm evinced by the overwhelming majority of his people.” Once World War II had broken out, Mussolini was also fascinated by Hitler’s military successes, “the only successes that Mussolini really values and desires,” according to Ciano.» (Annussek, 2005, p.47-56).

Each of the two elements of the expression « Ryn & hister » are not to be allotted to either of the two dictators in such a way as the Rhine to Hitler and the Danube to Mussolini or the Rhine to Mussolini and the Danube to Hitler, which has no pertinent reason because in the text of the edition № 9 of the Prophecies of Nostradamus we can see the typography « hilter [a perfect anagram of Hitler] » in place of « Hister » found in the other editions and even if « hilter » is considered to be allotted to Hitler, then « Ryn » has no cause to be drawn to Mussolini. It is reasonable that the expression « Ryn & hister » is a single, indivisible unit with a meaning of the common characteristics of the two men.

Cries, weeps in Malta
: « JUNE 11 [1940] Air War: - First RAF bombing raids on Italian airfields in Libya and E. Africa cause great damage (3 British aircraft lost). 2 Italian raids on Malta; 35 civilians, 6 British soldiers killed.» (Argyle, 1980, p.33); « JANUARY 16 [1941] Air War: - Stukas escorted by Italian fighters raid Malta, inflicting further damage on carrier Illustrious and damaging cruiser Perth. (Illustrious again damaged by bombing Jan. 19).» (Argyle, id., p.55); « MARCH 23 [1941] Air War: - Stukas with fighter escort carry out major raid on Malta: 13 Stukas shot down (2 RAF fighters lost), but British decide on immediate withdrawal of all bombers and flying boats.» (Argyle, id., p.58); « MARCH 1 [1942] Air War: - Severe raids on Malta. RAF night raid on shipping at Tripoli.» (Argyle, id., p.87); « MARCH 4 [1942] Air War: - 394 raids on Malta, by day and night, over previous 2 months.» (Argyle, id., p.88); « MARCH 21 [1942] Air War – Heavy raids on Malta.» (Argyle, id., p.89); « APRIL 3 [1942] Air War: - Luftwaffe spokesman admits that the Luftwaffe has been unable to neutrarize Malta because of its ‘tremendously strong’ anti-aircraft defences and subterranean storerooms.» (Argyle, id., p.90); « APRIL 16 [1942] Home Front: MaltaGEORGE CROSS AWARDED TO MALTA in recognition of untold heroism of entire civilian and military population during countless enemy raids.» (Argyle, id., p.91); « OCTOBER 11 [1942] Air War – Axis air forces launch final major air offensive against Malta – but Spitfires inflict heavy losses.» (Argyle, id., p.109); « NOVEMBER 8 [1942] Air War – Luftwaffe losses in Malta raids, Jan.1-Nov. 8, 1942: 172 bombers and 99 fighters.» (Argyle, id., p.111).

Cries, weeps in the Ligurian direction
: « JUNE 11 [1940] Air War – 36 Whiteleys (1 lost) bomb Turin and Genoa (night June 11-12) after refuelling stop in Channel Islands.» (Argyle, 1980, p.33); « FEBRUARY 9 [1941] Sea War: Med. – Bombardment of Genoa: HMS Renown, Malaya and Sheffield fire 300 t. of shells, inflicting heavy damage on merchant shipping and the city, with many casualties. Italian Fleet and shore batteries taken by surprise and further confused by thick mist and mis-identification of Vichy French convoy.» (Argyle, id., p.33); « OCTOBER 22 [1942] Air War: Europe – RAF launches series of DEASTATING RAIDS ON THE TURIN-MILAN-GENOA ‘TRIANGLE’ (Italian equivalent of the Ruhr) with night attack by 100 Lancasters on Genoa. 6 heavy night raids on Genoa and 7 on Turin by year’s end. Both industrial production and civilian morale affected.» (Argyle, id., p.109); « OCTOBER 23 [1942] Home Front: Italy – King Victor Emmanuel and Queen Elena visit Genoa – still burning from previous night’s bombing.» (Argyle, id., p.110); « APRIL 24 [1945] Italy – La Spezia naval base captured by 5th Army. Germans abandon Genoa, scuttling 40 warships and many merchant ships in harbour.» (Argyle, id., p.184).

En l'an bien proche non esloigné de Venus (Literally: In the year very near not remote from Venus): = In the year [at a date] very near [to Venus], [at another] not remote from Venus = [At a date] very near [to Venus], [at another] not remote from Venus in the year.

The seemingly incongruous expression: « bien proche non esloigné de Venus » is to be divided into the two different natural expressions: « bien proche de Venus » and « non esloigné de Venus », which are referring respectively to Hitler and Mussolini as to their date of birth which is situated at a certain temporal point in a year marked by a month and a day. And « Venus » as a zodiacal sign can designate a certain period of a year through its domiciles: Taurus (21 April-20 May) and Libra (23 September-21 October) (cf. Brind’Amour, 1993, p.322; Nagata, 1982, p.242).

Now the date of birth of Hitler is 20 April 1889 and that of Mussolini 29 July 1883: the former is very close to Taurus  (20-21 April) [bien proche de Venus] and the latter is not far from Libra (29 July-23 September) [non esloigné de Venus].

By the way, the birth-place of Hitler is predicted in the quatrain III-58 (§800) as « Near the Rhine of the Austrian mountains Shall be born a great of the people (Aupres du Rin des montaignes Noriques Naistra un grand de gents) », where « at first view, it seems strange to say that the Rhine is in the “mountains of Austria”, which is, with respect to this river, just on the opposite side of Germany. But in fact ‘Rin (the Rhine)’ is composed of R. and IN and will signify “the River INN” that in truth traverses “Noricum” and upon which is situated the town of Braunau, where Hitler shall be born. On the other hand, one can take the word Rin in its etymological sense, that will signify “river” and in this way we are shown the river that passes the “Austrian mountains”, which is not but the Inn.» (Ionescu, 1976, p.492). In this context, Hitler is said to be born upon the Inn which is a principal branch of the Danube. Therefore the Danube of the quatrain IV-68 may be allotted to him, while Mussolini, next to Hitler in politico-military strength of their state, is somehow worth the Rhine, the second longest river of the Occidental Europe next to the Danube. On the contrary, the longest river is naturally fitting to the senior Mussolini six years older than Hitler. And as a whole, the Rhine is situated mainly in Germany, Hitler’s own Reich, and the Danube is more adjacent to Italy of Mussolini. In conclusion, the two rivers are needless to be identified with them.

As to the birth-place of Mussolini, the quatrain IX-2 (§771) predicted in a roundabout way as follows: « Rome rejected by Rimini and Prato (D'Arimin Prato, Columna debotez) »: « Mussolini had begun to write his autobiography: I was born on July 29, 1883 at Varnano dei Costa, near the village of Dovia itself near that of Predappio. The village of Predappio is situated upon the axis Rimini-Prato, equally distant from the two cities, or about 50 km apart.» (Fontbrune, 1980, p.324); Columna: = « Colonne in Italy.» (Fontbrune, id., p.323) = Colonna, a small town near Rome to its east, representing the parties in opposition in the political centre Rome.

Thus, the place and the date of the two contemporary homogeneous dictators are completely set up in the Prophecies of Nostradamus.
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