Marches most commonly played during German military parades

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Marches most commonly played during German military parades

Post by Sirlite » 21 Apr 2018 09:29

Hi, new member here. Earlier, I posted this same question on a wrong subforum, but now that I discovered this subforum I guess it’s the right place.

I have been wondering what are the most commonly played marches by the Wehrmacht and SS respectively. Do they have ‘poster song/s’ that you could simply expect in every parade as akin to Japan’s Batto Tai March, China’s Parade March of the PLA (分列式进行曲), or Thailand’s Royal Thai Army March (มาร์ชกองทัพบก)? You can try looking at various military parade videos of these 3 countries respectively that they mostly, if not all, have those ‘poster songs’ in parade. Speaking of poster songs, I still can’t find answer to this day; do the Heer, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe (not sure, but is Flieg, Vogel, Flieg! the Luftwaffe anthem?) each got their own primary anthem? Lastly, are there records of what do they usually play when parading in occupied countries like France?

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Re: Marches most commonly played during German military parades

Post by Ivan Ž. » 21 Apr 2018 10:24

Hello, Sirlite, and :welcome:

Most German units had a parade march (Ger. Parademarsch) and a song of their own. Some of the most common parade marches one could hear during a Third Reich military parade were "Defiliermarsch", "Regimentsgruß", "Geschwindmarsch nach Motiven aus Quadrillen" and many others.

You may search this topic, for example, with the word "Parademarsch" viewtopic.php?f=81&t=120685 One of the results would be: "Badonviller-Marsch [...] Parademarsch der Leibstandarte des Führers". It means that the "Badonviller-Marsch" was used as a parade march by the Leibstandarte (the future 1st SS Division). Or: "Defiliermarsch [...] Parademarsch der Wachtruppe Berlin". It means that the "Defiliermarsch" was used as a parade march by Wachtruppe Berlin. The Wachtruppe Berlin later grew into the "Großdeutschland" Regiment (and later a division) and continued using the same parade march. And so on.

See also the topic list: viewtopic.php?f=81&t=214057 In the list, search topics like these for example:
Ivan Ž. wrote:...
Topic Afrika Korps songs
Topic "Großdeutschland" Division songs and marches
Topic "Hermann Göring" Division songs and marches
Topic Songs sang by the German troops during WWII
Topic Waffen-SS songs
(Those are just a couple of examples, you may search other topics too.)

Also of interest: marches played during Hitler's birthday parades viewtopic.php?f=81&t=58137&start=15#p1334255

See the AHF list of songs (compiled by the music section host), most of which are tied to a specific unit or military branch: ... -wehrmacht

You will find "Flieg', Vogel, flieg'!" in the last list. It's a Kampfflieger song, but it's not an anthem. Just one of several Kampfflieger songs.

Heer, Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe had no primary anthems.


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