Translation:The soldier is being let down by the foxes.
I just had to google that:
"In AD 371 Martin was acclaimed bishop of Tours, where he impressed the city with his demeanour. He had been drawn to Tours by a ruse — he was urged to come to minister to someone sick — and was brought to the church, where he reluctantly allowed himself to be consecrated bishop. According to one version, he was so unwilling to be made bishop that he hid in a barn full of geese, but their cackling at his intrusion gave him away to the crowd; that may account for complaints by a few that his appearance was too disheveled to be commensurate with a bishopric, but the critics were hugely outnumbered."
Has it not occurred to anyone that a literal interpretation might be possible? Maybe the soldier has fallen on a rocky ledge and the foxes have come to the rescue and tied him up safely and are letting him down with pulleys and ropes? I'm sure there must be something by H C Andersen along those lines?