§841 The Gothic Line; The Resistance; Mussolini in the Republic of Salo (1943-1945): VI-36.

VI-36 (§841):

Neither good nor evil by terrestrial battle,
Shall arrive in the confines of Perugia:
Pisa and Florence shall rebel and see in an evil plight,
The king bruised at night on a mule with a black horse-cloth.

(Ne bien ne mal par bataille terrestre,
Ne parviendra aux confins de Perouse:
Rebeller Pise, Florence voir mal estre,
Roy nuict blessé sur mulet à noire house.)

NOTES: Neither good nor evil by terrestrial battle, Shall arrive in the confines of Perugia: « When the Italian front shall arrive at the northern confines of the region of Perugia, the terrestrial battles shall not result in a defeat nor a victory, for the front shall be frozen anew along the “Gothic Line”.» (Ionescu, 1976, p.533). « 1944 JUNE 3 Italy German forces evacuate Rome. JUNE 4 ALLIED 5TH ARMY ENTERS ROME. JUNE 15 8th Army breaks through at Arezzo and reaches R. Arno (July 15-16). 5th Army approaches R. from SW. Italian Govt. returns to Rome. JULY 17 8th Army crosses the Arno. JULY 18 Polish troops of 8th Army take Ancona. JULY 19 Leghorn captured by 5th Army. JULY 24 Americans reach Pisa. SEPTEMBER 2 5th Army captures Pisa. 8th Army breaks through Gothic Line near Rimini. SEPTEMBER 8 5th Army launches major attack on Gothic Line. SEPTEMBER 26 8th Army begins crossing R. Uso (ancient Rubicon). OCTOBER 22 8th Army crosses R. Savio, S. of Ravenna.» (Argyle, 1980, p.157-171). « On October 2 [1944], Mark Clark’s renewed offensive towards Bologna opened, this time along Route 65. All four divisions of his 2nd Corps were thrown in, but the defending Germans fought with such tenacity that during the next three weeks the American advance averaged no more than a mile a day, and on October 27 the offensive was abandoned. By the end of October, the Eighth Army advance had also petered out, after only five more rivers had been crossed, and the Po was still fifty miles distant. The Allied situation at the end of 1944 was very disappointing in comparison with the high hopes of the spring, and the summer. Although Alexander still showed optimism about an advance into Austria, the slow crawl up the Italian peninsula made such distant horizons appear increasingly unrealistic. Maitland Wilson himself admitted as much in his report of November 22 to the British Chiefs of Staff. The disbelief, and discontent, of the Allied troops was manifested in a growing rate of desertions. A final Allied offensive in 1944 sought to gain Bologna and Ravenna as winter bases. The Canadians, in the Eighth Army, succeeded in capturing Ravenna on December 4, and their success led the Germans to send three divisions to check the Eighth Army’s further progress. That seemed to offer the Fifth Army a better chance. But this was forestalled by an enemy counterattack in the Senio valley on December 26 – prompted by Mussolini with the idea of emulating Hitler’s counteroffensive in the Ardennes, and largely carried out by Italians who remained loyal to him. This attack was soon, and easily, stopped. But the Eighth Army was now exhausted, and very short of ammunitions, while the Germans were known to have strong reserves near Bologna. So Alexander decided that the Allied armies should go on the defensive [Neither good nor evil by terrestrial battle, Shall arrive in the confines of Perugia], and prepare for a powerful spring offensive.» (Hart, 1971, p.541-542).

« The three months’ pause since the close of the Allies’ autumn offensive [Neither good nor evil by terrestrial battle, Shall arrive in the confines of Perugia] had brought a great change in the spirit and outlook of their troops. They had seen the arrival of new weapons in abundance – amphibious tanks, ‘Kangaroo’ armoured personnel carriers, ‘Fantails’ (tracked landing vehicles), heavier-gunned Sherman and Churchill tanks, flame-throwing tanks, and ‘tank-dozers’. There was also plenty of new bridging equipment, and huge reserves of ammunition. In Mark Clark’s Army Group (entitled the 15th) the right wing, facing the German 10th Army, was formed by the Eighth Army under McCreery. The 6th Armoured Division was in Army reserve. To the west was the Fifth Army, now commanded by Truscott. The aim, and primary problem, of the Allied planners was to overrun and wipe out the German forces before they could escape over the River Po. The Allied offensive was to be launched on April 9 [1945]... All the Alpine passes were blocked by April 28 – the day on which Mussolini and his mistress, Claretta Petacci, were caught and shot by a band of partisans near Lake Como. German troops were now surrendering everywhere, and the Allied pursuit met little opposition anywhere after April 25.» (Hart, 1971, p.671-674).

Pisa and Florence shall rebel: « [On 9 September 1943] the anti-fascist parties formed the Committee of National Liberation (CNL) in order to resist the German forces and to reconstruct Italy. It is formed in principal cities, composed of the Liberal Party, the Christian Democrats, the Unified Proletarian Socialists, the Communists and the Action Party (plus the Labor Democrat Party south of Rome). Moreover, against the German military occupation and the Fascism began the civilian Resistance, a part of which charged itself with armed fighting as partisans… In August 1943, Florence was liberated thanks to the Resistance before the arrival of the Allies, and the CNL of the city had a function of local government. From the spring to the autumn of 1944, the Resistance in the north and the middle of Italy was vigorous and resulted in several liberated districts. The Resistance, having overcome the neglect of the Allies toward the armed struggle of the Resistance and the mop-up operations by the Germans and the Fascists in winter, recovered the offensive in the spring of 1945 and, on 25 April, liberated by itself many cities of the north through the concerted uprising. Mussolini [The king bruised at night on a mule with a black horse-cloth] was trying to flee into Switzerland in disguise among the retreating German troops, but perceived and arrested by the partisans on the Lake of Como. The CNL of the northern Italy with their own authority of justice, sentenced Mussolini to death and fired him with another Fascist leaders on the 28th [The king in an evil plight].» (
Kitahara et al., 2008, p.505-508).

: = A transformed housse (horse-cloth) for the rhyme with Perouse of the line 2.

And see in an evil plight, The king bruised at night on a mule with a black horse-cloth
: = And see « the king bruised at night on a mule with a black horse-cloth » in an evil plight.

The king bruised at night on a mule with a black horse-cloth: « The words “bruised at night” allude to the night of 24 -25 July [1943], when Mussolini was replaced by the King with Marshal Badoglio. Thereafter, the Duce shall not be able to ride a horse as a veritable “condottiere” he has been, but only a “mule”, for his powers have been reduced after having been rescued by Hitler and he is set as head of a phantom republic in the northern Italy. The term “mulet (mule, ass)”, in addition to its direct pejorative meaning, also makes an allusion to the Nazis because they themselves have saved Mussolini and made him their puppet in offering him the government of the ephemeral Fascist Republic in the north. In fact, Nostradamus reproduces here the word “asinus (an ass)”, which we have met already twice, in the quatrain VI-17 (§792) under the form of “les asiniers” and in the quatrain X-31 (§793) under the form of “Asnes”, both of these having the meaning of Nazi (anagram: ASIN = NASI).» (Ionescu, id., p.533).

A black horse-cloth: This black cover refers to the Black Shirt of the Nazi SS and of the Italian Fascists: « On 16 October 1922 Mussolini decided to force the issue, believing that if he waited, Giolitti [in premiership in May 1892 – Dec. 1893 and in May 1906 – Dec. 1909], the one man he feared, might steal his role. He arranged for a march on Rome for the end of the month, by four divisions totaling 40,000 blackshirted men.» (Johnson, 1991, p.99); « The Kroll Opera House (where the Reichstag had been meeting since the fire [on the night of 27 February 1933]) was surrounded by the black-shirted SS troops, and MPs had to push their way through solid ranks to get into the building. The 81 communist MPs were simply not allowed to pass (many were in jail already). Inside the building rows of brown-shirted SA troops lined the walls. It took courage to vote against the bill in such surroundings with the SS outside chanting ‘We want the bill, or fire and murder’. When the Catholic Centre Parry decided to vote in favour, the result was a foregone conclusion: it passed by 441 votes to 94 (all Social Democrats).» (Lowe, 1988, p.137).
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We have covered 143 quatrains (§588-§730) concerning the World Events in the 19th century after Napoleonic ages [1821-1900] in the Prophecies of Nostradamus, and 218 in the 20th [1901-2000] (§731-§948).

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