Analysis, History

Armistice Day at the Menin Gate: the Centenary and Beyond

An essay written to commemorate the re-opening of the Lion and Tusk Museum of the Rhodesian Service Association in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, N.Z. – Linde Symonds

“For God created all things that they might be: and He made the nations of the world for health; and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor kingdom of hell upon earth. For justice is perpetual and immortal. But the wicked with works and words have called it to them and esteeming it a friend have fallen away, and made a covenant with it: because they are worthy to partake of it. ” The Book of Wisdom 1:14-16 DRV.

[ Note about the Douay Fathers reference: ‘have called it’ refers to the league with death, covenant with hell (Isa 28:15) ]

The Menin Gate, Ypres Flanders

“A more sacred place than the Menin Gate for the entire English race does not exist in all the world” – Sir Winston Churchill

The Menin Gate is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Monument built above the road on which the Allied troops of World War I marched out to the Ypres Salients of the Western Front battlefields. They didn’t really march past the lions of the Menin Gate itself, snarks the Wiki, as it was under shellfire at the time.

But for the English people, the Commonwealth and British soldiers marched past the lions through the Menin Gate.

November 11 is the date of the Armistice between the Allied Powers of WWI and Germany to end the hostilities on the Western Front. And the Armistice Day Commemoration, annually held at the Menin Gate, Ypres by the representatives of the British Commonwealth, marks the solemn remembrance of the 54,395 names of the British and Commonwealth soldiers who died on the Salients before 16 August 1917, soldiers whose bodies were never recovered or identified. They perished in the bloody quagmires and trenchlines of Flanders Fields, but their names are engraved on the Menin Gate as an English memorial for ages.

Every year on Armistice Day, the Commonwealth nations honour the fallen in all wars at the Menin Gate at Ypres. The morning services are held at St Martin’s Cathedral and St George’s Memorial. The open-to-the-public part of the ceremony is the Poppy Parade from Vandenpeereboomplein Square to the Menin Gate for the ceremony of the Last Post.

Both official and unofficial delegations from all nations of the Commonwealth make the annual pilgrimage. And for those who have attended, they will remember Vandenpeereboomplein Square, where the parade is mustered, as a veritable sea of the flags. Most notably represented are the flags of all the modern Communist regimes which succeeded the English nation and government in the former British colonies, regimes usually established on a genocide (or two).

As I said – a sea of flags at Vandenpeereboomplein – except for these two:

The Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 joining the former colonies of Natal, Transvaal and Orange River


The Flag of Rhodesia

If any Roll of Honour for the Commonwealth nations of Britain deserves to be represented for Armistice Day with full military honours at the Menin Gate: the Hymn, the Ode, the laying of the wreaths, the massed pipes playing Flowers of the Forest, it would be those English nations and populations which actually fought the armed aggression of the Communist Revolution against the people of the former colonies and protectorates of the British Empire.

And yet, their flags, their regiments and legacy are completely censored by the EUSSR and crypto Communist power of H.M. Government.

Like the 54,395 names engraved on the Menin Gate, the legacy of this Absence within the Commonwealth is buried deeper than the quagmires of the Salients. Yet every year that legacy and the significance of their Absence from this greatest solemnity of the English nation, both in England and in its diaspora, grows in stature for the entire West.

A good way into this is to take a walk through the Remembrance of Passchendaele. Listen to what the honoured guests of its praesidium and representatives of the Internationalist oligarchy have to say at the Menin Gate on the date of the Centenary. On the face of it, very innocuous; but with each passing year – we get it. Now we are very cantie-o. By 2017 and 2018, the cognitive dissonance is deafening.

3:20 – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge: “Members of our families, our regiments, our nations all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today.”

Excuse me? Daily life in Britain? Has this man been in Britain or even the UK at any time in past decade?

“Their attempts to silence and stop people from having the knowledge of the Muslim rape gangs that are terrorising our nation – the entire world is now watching.”

5:30 – Philippe, King of the Belgians: “They came to our country from near and far to defend our freedom alongside our own soldiers.”

7:27 – ”Passchendaele was a struggle for freedom, our common freedom, the freedom we enjoy today.”

The freedom they enjoy today in the EUSSR? Does this man even live in Belgium?

King Philippe is a past recipient of the “Charlemagne”Prize – first awarded to Richard Coundenhove Kalergi who advocated for the eradication of the native White peoples in Europe. He supports Open Borders for Belgium and Sharia Law.

18:37 – National Citizenship Service. Representatives of combatant nations that were colonies of the Allied powers which contributed troops to WWI lay the wreaths. Of these representatives, India’s contribution was the largest of 1.5 million. Algeria, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, France and Germany, India, Ireland, Malta, Montserrat, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan

If you have any tears to shed for England’s nations, prepare to shed them now. The Guests of Honour currently presiding over the roll-out of the Communist Revolution in Europe and its Dekulakization, are going to lead the congregation in remembrance of the British and Commonwealth fallen of the Ypres Salients with the Armistice Hymn at the Menin Gate.

“Eventide: Abide with me. Abide with us , for it is toward evening and the day is far spent.” Luke 24.29

So where exactly is that representation of the English nations of the Commonwealth which actually fought against the Communist Revolution, its genocides and atrocities in the former British colonies and protectorates? Where are the English nations who fought against the Mau Maus in British East Africa? Against FRELIMO in Tanganyika and Malawi? Against ZIPRA and ZANLA in the Rhodesias? Against PLAN in Namibia and South Africa?

With the roll-out of the Coundenhove Kalergi dictate for the EUSSR in full swing, the answer to that is now only too clear. For the tide of that Revolution has now rolled back to Europe and to all nations of the founding and heritage stock of Europe: the West.

In Africa, the Communist Front is the African National Congress. This was and is the platform which organised the armed aggression of the Communist Revolution in Africa against the former British and European colonies. Its military combatants and guerrillas: Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) were backed by the USSR and China. Various wings of MK cadres fought the guerrilla wars and insurgencies with the former British Colonies for Communist control of their wealth, their economies, their infrastructure.

In South Africa, the ANC was guided by two non-African (specifically Jewish) Communists: Albie Sachs “one of its foremost intellectuals” (London Sunday Times, Aug 29 1993) and Yossel Mashel Slovo (Joe Slovo 1926-1995).

The ANC was the front for the Communist Revolution in Africa. It was the platform that organised the Communist Revolution in Africa against the independent states and de-colonised nations. The ANC was the platform for the allocation of funding from the Wall Street Banks and the organisation of agit-prop, insurgencies and the entire alphabet soup of liberation fronts and guerrilla armies.

That England would stand in its nations and peoples against this throughout the former empire was a foregone conclusion by Oswald Mosley and borne out in the military history of de-colonisation.

These wars of the English nation in its diaspora were also clearly in view by the Roman Catholic writer J.R.R. Tolkien. He did not address this subject matter directly or even allegorically. Rather, he reached back into the deep strata of the Northwest European mythos to create “mythology of England, my country” and laid out the template of the wars of the Communist Revolution in the twentieth century. He reforged the metanym of The West (Gondor) in both its ancient and the present conflict.

“’Gondor is in great need. Often the Rohirrim have aided us, but now the Lord Denethor asks for all your strength and speed lest Gondor fall at last ….My lord does not issue any command to you, he begs you only to remember old friendship and oaths long spoken, and for your own good to do all that you may. It is reported to us that many kings have ridden in from the East to the service of Mordor. For the North to the field of Dagorlad there is skirmish and rumour of war. In the South the Harradrim are moving, and fear has fallen on all our coastlands, so that little help will come to us thence. Make haste! For it is before the walls of Minas Tirith that the doom of our time will be decided, and if the tide be not stemmed there, then it will flow over all the fair fields of Rohan, and even in this Hold among the hills there shall be no refuge.’ J.R.R. Tolkien. “The Muster of Rohan”. The Return of the King.

The Lord of the Rings is a saga of Middangeard, to give the correct Anglo Saxon term for the lands of the world of men. Middle Earth is not an imaginary world; it is the historic abiding place of men. And although all the lands now are changed, as Tolkien tells us in his Letters, the modern reader is intended to see the habitable lands of Middle Earth as our own world set amidst the surrounding seas. In his saga, that mighty matter of myth and legend, Middle Earth, is shown to us in the language vera historia. As a work of English pre-history, LOTR continually fascinates the North West European nations. It is a work that is recreated from the linguistic remnants of an ancient matter going back to the time when the “White Horse knew England before there was an England to know.”

Because the LOTR is a re-working of this deep strata of North West Europe, when it was published in the decade of the 1950s, it was then considered to be a work of fantasy. But it was actually a work of the deep past and thus of the future. “For what hath once been will be again. What hath been will again be done. There is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:4. KJV

Central to the Lord of the Rings is the Anglo Saxon concept of ‘under sceadu bregdan‘ – a passing into or being taken ‘under the shadow’ and into realms of chthonic powers which ruled the ancient world. This is also central theme of the Old English poem: Beowulf, which Tolkien describes in his Letters as one of the main inspirations of his saga. Important in this sense is the example of Grendel – a monster, described by the poet as a ‘feond‘ and demon enemy. Important and difficult, I should say, for modern readers unfamiliar with genocides and atrocities of the Communist Revolution.

The Grendel or Nazgul type of character in Beowulf and LOTR was undoubtedly an obstacle to the modern reader for this reason. In the 1950s, there was the further obstacle in that neither the Beowulf   poet nor Tolkien depicts the monstrous characters in any way that we have come to imagine as supernatural.

In Beowulf – what to make of the passage where the Saxon warriors who are lying in wait to ambush Grendel, set the watch and wait. None seem pleased with their lot and some give voice to an expectation they will be seized and taken ‘under the shadow’. But they converse as men and jest and those who are not on the watch, go to sleep while they may. It does not seem to occur to the Beowulf poet that attacking Grendel is not a task for mere mortals or that perhaps someone with more supernatural abilities than the Saxon warriors should go out and fight with him. Even though they are characters in a poem that narrates a legend of the Dark Age, the warriors of Beowulf all have that basic Anglo Saxon ‘just here to do my job’ approach to feonds and demon enemies that is instantly recognisable anywhere in the English speaking world.

Tolkien loved the Beowulf poem and his saga is clearly indebted to it in many ways. In his Letters, Tolkien writes that in Beowulf we see the centre of the realm, Herorot, attacked by an enemy who is not from the plane of Middle Earth where the Danes and Geats have their conflicts and settle their scores. Herorot is attacked by an enemy from ‘the outer darkness’ and has brought the royal hall under sceadu bregdan. Thus “the defeat of Grendel is a victory in which all men can rejoice. Grendel was a monster hostile to all humane fellowship and joy. Compared with him, even the political hostilities of the Danes and Geats are a minor affair.” (242)

The reason Tolkien thought the Beowulf poem such an important work for our own times is because he recognised the monsters to be the central issue of his own time. In his lectures at Oxford University he stated emphatically that the spirit of Ragnorak had revived. In the same Letter (p 242) he acknowledges that the entire modern spirit is contra Deo et humanitate et natura and its Communist Revolution is the engine of the modern wars.

As Tolkien clearly saw, the entire modern spirit and its Communist Revolution are fundamentally against God and His sole right to Divine honour and Tolkien characterised the ancient spirit of Ragnarok in these terms.

Tolkien was a Roman Catholic and he was well versed on the subject of Communism upon which the teaching office of his Church had much to say. An entire line of popes had been teaching on the subject of Communism as both an ideology and an internationalist organisation for almost a century prior to the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia 1917.

“This most iniquitous plot is to drive people to overthrow the entire order of human affairs and to draw them over to …Communism by confusing them with perverted doctrines.” Pope Pius IX. December 9, 1849. Encyclical Nostis et Nobiscum.

“We speak of that sect of men who under various and barbarous names are called socialists, communists, nihilists and who, spread over all the world and bound together by the closest ties in wicked confederacy, no longer seek the shelter of secret meetings but openly and boldly marching forth in light of day strive to bring to a head what they have long been planning – the overthrow of all civil society whatsoever.” Pope Leo XIII. April 20, 1884. Humanum Genus.

“The harvest of misery is before our eyes and the most dreadful projects of national upheavals are threatening us from the growing power of the socialist movement.” Pope Leo XIII. Jan 18, 1901. Graves de Communi Re.

“The infamous doctrine of so-called Communism which is absolutely contrary to the natural law itself and once adopted would utterly destroy the rights, property and possessions of ALL men and even society itself”…”We raised a solemn protest against the persecutions unleashed in Russia, Mexico and now in Spain.” Pope Pius XI. March 19, 1937. Divini Redemptoris.

What is called above – the “persecutions unleashed in Russia” – was in retrospect the Bolshevik Revolution, circa 1917. This was the generator of all the modern wars in our Revolutionary Era, inaugurated 1789 in France. The Communist century of this Revolution (the twentieth century) was financed and organised by the Wall Street Banks (subsidiaries of the Empire of The City on the square mile of London). It is uniquely the creature (monster) of the Cabal which owns the West through the instrumentality of its Money Trust and their banking cartel of central reserve banks.

The War to end War (WWI) may have been considered an Entente victory, but it resulted in the collapse of the Eastern European Christendom: Holy Russia. And from the defeat in WWI, the Cabal which had plunged the remnants of the old Holy Roman Empire (Austria Hungary) into world war with Eastern Christendom and the Entente had the Bolshevik Revolution ready to roll.

The first nation seized by the Revolution was Russia and its Christian Empire of the East. And it transformed that nation into a soviet socialist republic. It became the first nation in the history of Europe to declare atheism as the state ‘religion’ in its Constitution.

In a speech at the Aldwych Club on Armistice Day, Nov 11, Churchill reminded the new German authorities that the Kaiser’s government had triggered the Bolshevik Revolution by sending Lenin back to Russia in a sealed train. Just as the US government under President Woodrow Wilson had sent Trotsky and later the Marines to obstruct the White Russian Army from marching on Moscow while the Bolsheviks consolidated power.

All the North Atlantic powers had a hand in the Bolshevik Revolution in terms of finance and operational enablement. The social capital, so to speak, was not European, but the enablement of the great powers (on both the Allied and Axis side of WWI) was certainly American and Western European. (No serious effort was put up by the Entente to crush the Bolsheviks, for example)

“You must understand, the Leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions [conservatively 50 million] of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It can not be overstated , Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of its perpetrators.” Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.

The Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics then became the revolutionary base from which the Communist International (the Comintern) rolled out the Communist Revolution by force of arms against the nations of the Comintern Pact of 1936 (WWII) and against non-industrial nations like China or small, independent states like Mexico or newly de-colonised nations like Korea and Vietnam and the former colonies of the British Empire.

In the wars with Communist armies formed under Marxist mind control and Leninist torture, the nations have again experienced the terror of an ancient reality expressed by the Anglo Saxon poets. In the mind of Tolkien, the West had returned to exactly what the Beowulf poet meant by monsters and Orcs (O.E. for monster) and ‘spel enslavement’ and ‘under the shadow.’

He spoke of this to the Inkling Society, addressed it in his lectures and correspondence He stated unequivocally that in our time, the twentieth century, the ancient spirit of Ragnarok had revived. He held this truth to be self evident to anyone who had even a passing familiarity with the matter of England and the ancient mythology of Northwest Europe.

But more significantly, what was long upon his mind and a major theme in his LOTR saga is the matter of what this spirit of Ragnarok summons within the Northwestern European nations and peoples. There is something deep buried in the English and the “Northern spirit which “I have ever loved” he wrote in his letters, something that Ragnarok and its state of affairs summons within us.

He refers to the heroic code of the North which has many depictions and formulaic statements in Anglo Saxon letters. It is this code and the spirit it expresses that the West must again recognise.

This code is writ large in the LOTR in the chapters which narrate the muster of Rohan and the ride to Gondor, the White City – Tolkien’s great metanym for the West. When the day without dawn comes, Rohan mounts up and rides from Harrowdale to Eodoras for the weapontake. As fine a statement of the ancient heroic code of the North as anything in Beowulf or the Battle of Maldon.

As the Communist Revolution rolled into Spain and Africa, young men from all nations of England packed their bags and their gear and went to those conflicts – ‘as mercenaries and war mongers’ western media howled and perhaps for some it may have been. But the English reality, and closer to the Mark, was more like Theoden’s reply to the errand rider of Gondor: “But we will speak no longer counsels of prudence. We will come.” LOTR. The Return of the King, “The Muster of Rohan”.

Tolkien understood the wars of our time not so much in terms of the know-how and real-politik, but in terms of the know-why. The spirit of Ragnarok has revived. And this revival has summoned to meet it, a spirit long buried in the West, a spirit that will seek new and modern expressions of its ancient code.

In the twentieth century, the wars of the Communist insurgencies were never straightforward but not even the controlled MSM could completely disguise the fact that in these conflicts the battle of The West with Communism was pitched. The wrappings of liberty, fraternity and equality, civil rights and nationalism did not conceal Communist aggression in terms of finance, equipment and recruitment.

By now, this is a matter of history and should be apparent to a high school student – but our Revolutionary Era , inaugurated 1789, is an era of deception and betrayal.

So you still have to know where to look.

In the twentieth century there were a handful of conflicts where the ancient code of the West was writ very large, conflicts in which the beacons of Gondor were lit. Certainly the Polish Soviet War 1919-1921. In that war, the Soviet invaded Europe in force thinking its Red Army would cut right through Poland, that had only just become a nation again after three hundred years. But the Polish and the Ukrainians stopped them at the Vistula. Men of the West went to Poland for that conflict. Sixteen American pilots and a Canadian joined the 7th Kosciuszko Sqn to bomb the Red Army.

English, Americans, Canadians and South Africans, most notably one of the great poets of the twentieth century, Roy Campbell, answered the hunting call for the war of Nationalist Spain against the Red Brigades.  J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis and other Inklings of Oxford met him at the Eagle and Child pub.  They had a long conversation with the author of “The Flaming Terrapin” and “White Horses of the Camargue” which Tolkien recounts with greatest appreciation in his Letters.

In the latter half of the twentieth century, the comparable conflicts would be the Rhodesian Bush War from UDI 1965 – 1979 and the Angolan War from 1975 – 2002.  The hunting call was answered.  From America, John Alan Coey realised that the CFR controlled US Federal government was using the fight against Communism in Vietnam to hand South Vietnam to the Communists and demoralise the American nation.  He wrote in his soldier’s protest. “Since I do not object to military service , I choose to serve in the Rhodesian Army where I may perhaps help sustain European civilisation in Africa. Although this action has cost me an Officer’s Commission , and though my citizenship may be revoked , this is most I can do for my country under the circumstances.” A Martyr Speaks by John Alan Coey, RLI. KIA July 19, 1975.

It should be stated at the outset that Communist wars against Western nations like Poland or former colonies are never concerned with any genuine reform, whatever the ‘civil rights’ or ‘liberation of the oppressed’ cover story might be. The goal of Communist aggression is in the words of Karl Marx ‘to seize power as ruthlessly and quickly as possible’. It does not matter whether they attempt to succeed through an agency like the Abraham Lincoln Brigades in Spain or actually succeed through Soviet advisors and a guerrilla army. Communist victory in these wars never departs in one iota from the Marxist precept.

The Black nationalist leaders who overthrew Western government and society in Africa in a succession of proxy wars were trained for terrorism – a terrorism they would unleash in tribal warfare once they came to power.

The African National Congress waged war against South Africa’ government for thirty years. Characterized in the controlled mass media of the West as ‘a people’s struggle’: Umkhonto we Sizwe, ‘Spear of the Nation,’ was founded in 1961 as a Communist terror organisation by Nelson Mandela, whose handler was Joe Slovo. The ANC was funded and run by Communists The Black nationalist leaders were merely a front for Communist subversion and proxy-control.


In the example of Rhodesia, it was a self-governing British Crown colony under a Westminster government. The genius of that nation was to adapt the Westminster System to the multi-racial polity that was essentially tribal: British and White European, Matabele and Shona. The English built the cities and towns, the commercial farms for hard soil, high yield crops that would make Rhodesia the bread basket of Africa. They envisioned, engineered and built a modern industrial state of the first world. It was an outpost of the West. The Empire of City financed it , but the Rhodesian state repaid its loans at interest. They owned it.

The Black African population, the majority of Rhodesians, was tribal and pastoral. They were not culturally democratic. Their traditional tribal and family structure was governed by their chiefs who were guaranteed places in the legislature. Most of this population lived on their lands guaranteed them by a tribal trust system. Traditionally these people were subsistence farmers of the soft soils. Their villages and farms were given the opportunity to work through their District Commission in the acquisition of skillsets necessary to undertake positions in the management and labour of a first world economy.

Thus, in Black Rhodesia, there existed something that would never be permitted under a Communist dictatorship: an upwardly mobile Black population. And in the press of the crypto Communist Western nations like the US and the UK, it was called ‘the White minority government’ and they banged-on about it in the 1960s and 1970s in a way that could only be described as Pavlovian conditioning.

Faced with demands from The Crown (on the square mile of The City in London) for Black majority rule under de-colonisation and the armed aggression of Black African tribalism under Communist control, the Salisbury government opposed this. The Rhodesian Front government of Ian Smith issued a Unilateral Declaration of Independence November 11, 1965. The UN, the US and UK promptly sanctioned them. And Soviet and Maoist backed Communist guerrillas began a campaign of insurgency against the newly independent state.

The Rhodesian Front placed every White male between the ages of 19-39 years on standby for national service. The Black Rhodesians – the Shona and Matabele were exempt but they volunteered in overwhelming numbers to fight the war of Rhodesian Independence. Black volunteer enlistment for the Rhodesian Front went as high as 90% – so they voted with boots on the ground.

The Rhodesian Bush War pitted the newly independent state against two Zimbabwean tribal factions of the Communist ANC.

The Matabele faction was ZAPU – Zimbabwean African People’s Union (founded 1961 by Joshua Nkomo. It’s military wing was ZIPRA – armed, trained by the Soviets. Arms also came from the WCC and finance from the usual suspects. Their guerrilla army was based in Zambia.

The Zimbabwean African National Union ZANU 1963 was the Shona faction of the ANC. It split in 1975 under Robert Mugabe and became the ZAPU-Patriotic Front. ZANLA (Zimbabwean African National Liberation Army) was its military wing. It was trained by the Communist Chinese and equipped by them – also the Novus Ordo Vatican II Church. Donal Lamont, Bishop of Umtali greatly assisted Robert with his AK47 requirements. ZANLA was based in Mozambique.

Both Communist armies relied heavily on Rhodesian teenagers abducted from Tribal Trust Lands in Rhodesia and taken to the guerrilla bases in Zambia and Mozambique. The young men for political indoctrination and guerrilla training and the young women to service the camps. Gang rape and sex trafficking has always been a part Communist Revolutionary training.

Not so very different to what is happening across the entire North of England today.

This is just one of the reasons why Rhodesia was the crucible of the Communist Revolution in England’s nations and for all of Albion’s lineage, just as South Africa is today.

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