Defence of Moscow is a single by Sabaton. It was released on 7th May 2021.
- The song is a cover of Radio Tapok's "Battle of Moscow" ("Битва за Москву"), which was a song recorded in Sabaton's style. The band worked with the artist before on The Attack of the Dead Men (single).
- The guitar solo in the song features a melody from the Russian anthem.
- The video for the song premiered 9th May 2021 (Russian Victory Day), and it was exclusively available only on VK.com for the day in Russia. Worldwide, YouTube premiere of the video was on 10th May 2021, 15:30 CET.
Pär: "May 9 is celebrated as V-Day in Russia, the day to commemorate the victory over the Nazis in WW2. This year we participate in the memory of this event by releasing a song dedicated to the brave men who fought in the battle of Moscow.
This track was originally written in Russian by our friend Radio Tapok. It’s a very strong song and we thought it made sense that Sabaton should give it a try to make a honourable cover of this song.
We love to surprise everyone, and this is a great surprise."
The Battle of Moscow was a military campaign that consisted of two periods of strategically significant fighting on a 600 km sector of the Eastern Front during World War II. It took place between October 1941 and January 1942. The Soviet defensive effort frustrated Hitler's attack on Moscow, the capital and largest city of the Soviet Union. Moscow was one of the primary military and political objectives for Axis forces in their invasion of the Soviet Union. The battle ended with Soviet Union's victory, which put an end to German invasion and began the Soviet counter-offensive.
As the Wehrmacht overrun, Russia 1941