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Panzerkampf is the ninth song on the album The Art Of War album by Sabaton.

Information

  • The song tells about chapter ninth - "The Army on the March" in Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" book.[1]
  • Bridge and a fragment of the verse were reused in 2008 for the Swedish hockey team Leksands IF. (See Dead Soldier's Waltz)

Background

Why is there a song called "Panzerkampf"?

Pär: "Because our fans like it. Tanks, more tanks and even more tanks!"[2]

Historic fact

When two armies consisting of totally 6.300 tanks, 4.900 aircraft and 2.1 million men clash they're bound to make some noise and leave a story to be told. The battle of Kursk in 1943 remains one of the largest military engagements in history and was the last German blitzkrieg offensive in the east. Even though the Soviet Union lost considerably more men in the campaign it was a decisive Soviet victory.[3]

The Battle of Kursk was the biggest tank battle (Prokhorovka) of World War Two and marked an unsuccessful German offensive against Soviet forces during July and August 1943. The German offensive, which was part of Operation Citadel, was countered by two Soviet counter-offensives, Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev and Operation Kutuzov. The results of this battle are a decisive victory for the Soviet Union, the Axis’ loss of its ability to initiate stategic offensive operations and Soviet Union’s gain of initiative over the Wehrmacht. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)[4]

Lyrics

Into the motherland the German army march

In the Soviet Union summer 1943
Tanks line up in thousands as far the eye can see
Ready for the onslaught
Ready for the fight
Waiting for the axis to march into the trap
Mines are placed in darkness
In the cover of the night
Waiting to be triggered
When the time is right
Imminent invasion, imminent attack

Once the battle started
There's no turning back

The end of the Third Reich draws near
Its time has come to an end
The end of an era is here
It's time to attack!

Into the motherland the German army march
Comrades stand side by side to stop the Nazi charge
Panzers on Russian soil a thunder in the east
One million men at war, Soviet wrath unleashed!

Fields of Prokhorovka
Where the heat of battle burned
Suffered heavy losses
And the tide of war was turned
Driving back the Germans
Fighting on four fronts
Hunt them out of Russia
Out of Soviet land
Reinforce the front line
Force the axis to retreat
Send in all the reserves
Securing their defeat
Soldiers of the Union
Broke the citadel
Ruins of an army
Axis rest in hell

The end of the Third Reich draws near
Its time has come to an end
The end of an era is here
It's time to attack

Into the motherland the German army march
Comrades stand side by side to stop the Nazi charge
Panzers on Russian soil a thunder in the east
One million men at war, Soviet wrath unleashed!

Onward comrades! Onwards for the Soviet Union! Charge!

Oh mother Russia!
Union of lands
Will of the people
Strong in command
Oh mother Russia!
Union of lands
Once more victorious the red army stands!

The end of the Third Reich draws near
Its time has come to an end
The end of an era is here
It's time to attack!

Into the motherland the German army march
Comrades stand side by side to stop the Nazi charge
Panzers on Russian soil a thunder in the east
One million men at war, Soviet wrath unleashed!

Sabaton History

Panzerkampf – The Battle of Kursk – Sabaton History 003 Official

Panzerkampf – The Battle of Kursk – Sabaton History 003 Official

References

  1. The Art Of War booklet
  2. metal.de
  3. The Art Of War booklet
  4. Sabaton.net
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