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Talvisota is the eighth song on the album The Art Of War album by Sabaton.

Information

  • The song tells about chapter eighth - "Variation in Tactics" in Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" book.[1]
  • This was the original idea for the song titled "The Art of War". The demo lyrics had "that's the art of war" at the beginning, instead of "rise up nation's pride".[2]

Historic fact

In late November of 1939 Stalin sent 27 divisions, totaling 630.000 men into Finland who could only mobilze an army of 180.000. He expected a quick and easy campaign but the extremely cold winter took a heavy toll on the Soviet army and the Finnish soldiers, who applied small unit surrounding maneuvers called "motti tactics" massacred the Soviet forces. Even though Finnland was forced to cede the Finnish part of Karelia in the Moscow peace treaty they had ensured that the world would forever know the meaning of "Finnish Sisu".[3]

Talvisota (Finnish for “Winter War”) was a military conflict between Finland and the Soviet Union, began on the 30th of November 1939 and ended on the 13th of March 1940. Stalin thought that with the military strength the Soviet Union possessed Finland would be an easy target and surrender within weeks.The russians outnumbered the finnish heavily in manpower. Especially tanks and aircrafts, of which the finnish only had a few hundred. They Soviet offensive had some early success but was then brought to a grinding halt due to one of the coldest winters in memory at the time. The finnish took great advantage of their knowledge about skiing and the maneuvarability that gave them on the snow. That along with knowledge of the terrain and the movements of the Soviet troops lead to uncountable ambushes on convoys and advancing Soviet troops. The war ended in a Soviet victory, but at a very high cost, around 335’000 dead or wounded russians. While Finland had 70’000 dead or wounded (Text credits: Filip Stendahl)[4]

Lyrics

Rise of nation's pride!

Russians on the route to ruin
Kremlin's more than certain to win
Sent away an army to the west
Blizzard reigned the ground were chosen
Snow is deep and hell is frozen
Stalin were too eager to invade

He thought of the might he possessed
And not of his foe
Rage of winter!

Rise nation's pride!
Hold what's yours!
Strike to where it hurts!
Fight!
Hold your ground!
Winter war!
Reinforce the line!

Split them into small divisions!
Rip them of the conquest visions
More tactics used with great results
Snipers move unseen in snowfall
Force them to retreat and recall
Fight the Russian rule and their demand

With molotov cocktail in hand
No fear of the tanks
Death for Glory!

Rise nation's pride!
Hold what's yours!
Strike to where it hurts!
Fight!
Hold your ground!
Winter war!
Reinforce the line!

A slice of a knife through a throat
And blood turns to ice
Talvisota!

Rise nation's pride!
Hold what's yours!
Strike to where it hurts!
Fight!
Hold your ground!
Winter war!
Reinforce the line!

Rise nation's pride!
Hold what's yours!
Strike to where it hurts!
Fight!
Hold your ground!
Winter war!
Reinforce the line!

Sabaton History

Talvisota – The Winter War – Sabaton History 006 -Official-

Talvisota – The Winter War – Sabaton History 006 -Official-


References

  1. The Art Of War booklet
  2. Sabaton Wiki conversation with Daniel Myhr, 2009
  3. The Art Of War booklet
  4. Sabaton.net
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