German WWII songs and their political context

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German WWII songs and their political context

Postby Panzermahn » 29 Jun 2005 13:13

Hi,

I am interested to know German military songs of WWII and their political context... For example

a) Gegen Briten und Franzosen (this song I believed was sung during the invasion of France when the German Wehrmacht launched an offensive in the Ardennes and cut off the Anglo-French-Belgian forces)

b) Bomben auf Engelland (this song most probably sung during the heydays of Battle of Britain and the Blitz)

c) Engellandlied - Wir fahren gegen Engelland (used for the famous England-Fanfare, played everytime the British suffered a defeat at the hands of the Wehrmacht, for example, Tobruk 1942, destruction of PQ17 1942, Leros 1943, Crete 1941)

d) Im Osten nun maschieren wir (The song of the Eastern front)

Anyone got more info on this?

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Postby tommy303 » 29 Jun 2005 15:14

Wir fahren gegen Engelland was actually written by Hermann Löns, b. 1866, d. 1914 and so predates WW2.

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Postby Ivan Ž. » 29 Jun 2005 19:50

"Matrosenlied" (Wir fahren gegen Engelland) was written indeed before WWII (as Tommy pointed), during WWI actually, but the music was re-composed by Herms Niel at the beginning of WWII (1939). "Im Osten nun marschieren wir" is a war-arrangement of the well-known early NS song "SA marschiert" (Durch deutsches Land marschieren wir...)

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Postby Sdt » 29 Jun 2005 22:12

Also: Bomben auf Polenland : same lyrics as Bomben auf Engelland but with Polenland

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Postby Panzermahn » 30 Jun 2005 07:29

Hi Ivan,

Thanks for the info. Do you know why the song Im Osten nun marschieren wir had the same tune with Durch deutsches Land marschieren wir...? Which is the original one?

Thanks Tommy and Sdt for additional info!!

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Postby Ivan Ž. » 30 Jun 2005 12:57

The earlier one is the SA variant. They rearranged it during the Russian campaign as a reminder of the beginnings of the NS struggle and of how far they've progressed over all those years, in their fight against communism. The real origin of the melody is the WWI song "Argonnerwald, um Mitternacht".

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Postby Panzermahn » 30 Jun 2005 13:20

Hi Ivan,

I see that you're quite knowledgeable in German military songs :D

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Panzermahn


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