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Screaming Eagles is the fourth song on the Coat of Arms album by Sabaton.


Information

  • The song was released as a single in 2011.
  • The lyrics directly quote the answer ("NUTS!") of the American General Anthony McAuliffe to German Commander who wanted the American forces to surrender.[1]
  • For the video, the band filmed their scenes in a studio in Stockholm in Sweden.[2]
  • The battle sequences for the video were shot on the 27th and 28th November, 2010 near Świnoujście in Poland.[3]
  • Re-enactment groups that took part in the video: Big Red One, SRH Wrzesień 1939, GRH 17 Infanterie Division 21.[4]
  • Big Red One expressed their regret that the initial plans to involve more reconstructors in the video, especially on the American side, had to be dramatically limited.[5]
  • Around 2011, the band released a strictily limited batch of t-shirts with the song. (see right)
  • Besides the American flag and Eagle, the t-shirt artwork depicts Battle of Britian which would be more fitting for Aces in Exile than Screaming Eagles. The reason for this is unknown.

Background

  • In the 6th episode of the official Behind The Scenes for the Coat of Arms album, the band showed the recording of both female and male choirs (Eternal of Sweden) for the backing vocals during the chorus. Pär revealed that the backing vocals are always recorded first before the main, Joakim's vocals.[6]
  • In the 6th episode of the official Behind The Scenes the band showed Joakim recording the chorus for the song due to the fan demand in the YouTube comments in the previous videos. [7]
  • Joakim said that he's tired and sick of standing in the studio with headphones on being locked in one place in front of the microphone where he can't move around, because he can't get into the feeling of the song. The regular hand held mics didn't sound so good so Joakim modified a mic stand so he could almost hold the studio microphone almost like a live one.[8]
  • Pär: ""Screaming Eagles" was very easily done with our part as we just played in a white room in Stockholm, it took maybe 3 hours to do the whole thing for us and then the director had a huge job to dig trenches and then wait for the show to shoot the video."[9]
  • The band was invited to the Screaming Eagles' home base in 2012.[10]


Historic fact

The 101st Airborne Division (nicknamed “Screaming Eagles”) is an elite modular specialized light infantry division of the United States Army trained for air assault operations. During WW2 they fought in several major campaigns and battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, around the city of Bastogne. The Siege of Bastogne was an engagement in December 1944 between American and German forces. The goal of the German offensive was to take control of Antwerp’s harbour. In order to reach it before the Allies had a chance to regroup and bring their aerial support, German mechanized forces had to seize the roadways through eastern Belgium, because they all converged on Bastogne. The American soldiers in the city were outnumbered 5 to 1 and were lacking cold-weather gear, ammunition, food, medical supplies and senior leadership. Due to the bad winter weather, the U.S. forces could not be resupplied by air and air support wasn’t available. On the 22nd of December, General von Lüttwitz submitted a demand for surrender to his Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, who was commanding the U.S. forces in Bastogne “To the U.S.A Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne. The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircles by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands. There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note. If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term. All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity. The German Commander.” Shortly after McAuliffe sent the following communication to von Lüttwitz: “To the German Commander. NUTS! The American Commander.” The besieged American forces were relieved by elements of General Patton’s Third Army on the 27th of December. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)[11]

Live

  • The song was frequently played during World War Tour in 2010 and 2011.
  • Screaming Eagles was played rarely during Swedish Empire Tour in 2013.
  • The song returned during Heroes On Tour where the audience had to choose between Screaming Eagles, Uprising and White Death. It remained also in 2015 during the band's festival run.
  • Screaming Eagles remained in the band's setlist for the US leg of The Last Tour in 2017, and for a few European festivals.

Lyrics

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazis cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Alone!
Alone!

Sent from the skies, jumped into the unknown
The march to Berlin has begun
Spearhead the charge surrounded by foes
Eagles are leading the way

France is still under enemy rule
Push, Axis retreat

Thrown towards Arnhem, a bitter defeat
They're stretched out just one bridge to far
Turn off the tide, it's breaking away
Losing momentum, retreat

Go to Bastogne, the crossroads must hold
Stand, alone in the cold

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazis cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Alone!
Alone!

Dig your own foxholes or dig your own grave
The storm is about to begin
The siege has begun, there's nowhere to run
Panzerkampfwagen emerge

Tanks and mortars are shaking the ground
Prey of man and machine

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazis cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Chill of the winter bite to the bone, and Christmas is drawing near
Soldiers are freezing, the death toll increasing
They're dying in their holes
There's no surrender there's no retreat, the Wehrmacht is drawing near
There's no reinforcements, they're fighting all alone!

Sent from the skies, ended up in Bastogne
As easy, as hard as they get
Nazi command request and demand
Offered surrender - declined

Nuts! the General's word echoes clear
Nuts! the Nazis shall hear

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazis cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazis cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Video

SABATON - Screaming Eagles (Official Music Video)

SABATON - Screaming Eagles (Official Music Video)


References

  1. archivesfoundation.org
  2. darkscene.at
  3. Big Red One
  4. Big Red One
  5. Big Red One
  6. YouTube
  7. YouTube
  8. YouTube
  9. darkscene.at
  10. metalkittenofficial.com
  11. Sabaton.net
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