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Panzer Battalion is the third song on Primo Victoria album by Sabaton.

Information

  • The first song the band wrote with the war-themed lyrics.
  • The original, demo version of the song was released on the Metalizer (Re-Armed) in 2010.
  • Joakim said thay he is tired of listening to Panzer Battalion or playing it on the rehearsals, altough he enjoys it live becaue people sing along to it.[1]

The song had two other versions that weren't released officially:

  • 2nd Battalion: In 2005, a group of NCOs from the 2nd Infantry Battalion of the Norwegian Army payed Sabaton 5000 NOK to make an alternative version of Panzer Battalion with lyrics that would fit their unit, and so they "could have a cool song on while being drunk in the officer's bar".[2]
  • Amphibious Battalion: In 2008, the band recorded a version for Swedish Marines in Tchad who were part of EUFOR mission. The lyrics were also rewritten so they would fit TD01 unit.[3]

Background

Pär: "Actually the song that started the whole war theme, even if Primo Victoria totally made up our minds. When I listen to it today (to the demo version - ed. note) I miss that intro-solo on the album version so much."[4]

Historic fact

The allied forces return to Iraq to finish what they started a decade earlier (see Reign Of Terror - ed. note). This thime Saddam had to be removed at any cost, and a full scale assault led by the US Army was launched.[5]

Lyrics

Under this sun no shadows will fall
Piercing our eyes as we charge
An armoured battalion on course to the east
Closing the end of it’s march

This time we’re here to finish a job
Started a decade ago
Driving the animals out of their holes
To bury them six feet below

Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dare to stand before us, feel our guns go live
Death in the shape of a panzer battalion
Insect of terror don’t run, face your fate like a man
Cannot outrun our panzer battalion!

Thousands of tons of armour and guns
Making it’s way through the sand
Our panzer battalion is back for revenge
Artillery sweeping the land

First strike is ours, no mercy is shown
There’s rivers of blood in our track
Breaking their waves of defence with our tanks
Infantry watching our back

Blow their SAM sites clear for air strike
Ready for the storm
Minefields swept, there’s no surrender
Feel our napalm burn

Under this sun no shadows will fall
Piercing our eyes as we charge
An armoured battalion on course to the east
Has reached the end of it’s march

Armoured tanks of mass destruction
Killers in the east
Rats who dare to stand before us, feel our guns go live
Panzer battalion
Insect of terror don’t run face your fate like a man
Panzer battalion

References

  1. loudwire.com
  2. YouTube
  3. [1] Swedish Wikipedia
  4. Metalizer (Re-Armed) booklet
  5. Primo Victoria booklet
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