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Grammophon E 11357

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Matrosenlied (Wir fahren gegen Engelland)
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Hermann Löns
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 19.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Es geht um’s Vaterland [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 19.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



The most popular war-song of the WWII, "Matrosenlied" ("Heute wollen wir ein Liedlein singen..."), also known as "Engellandlied" [which was a popular, but never official title], was written in 1914 by Hermann Löns (1866-1914), a German journalist and poet who volunteered and got killed in WWI, in France. His work was much respected, among others, by Hitler, on whose request Löns was exhumed and reburied in the Lüneburg Heath, near the city Walsrode. Song had many composers, but the most successful remained Herms Niel, whose version (1939) is almost the only one known today (although recordings of some other composers' versions still exist as well). An anti-British song, which starts with rather cheerful scenes - a soldier and his friends singing, drinking - and ends with his death at the sea... But it doesn't matter, because "the blood was spilt for Fatherland!" In this particular composition, each strophe is being "announced" with the melody of Richard Wagner's (1813-1883) "Matrosenchor" from "Der fliegende Holländer" and the entire piece ends with the melody of Richard Thiele's (1847-1903) "Deutsches Flaggenlied" (the unofficial German navy anthem). Song has three strophes and all of them were recorded here. It was translated in Finnish ("Suomi marssii"), French ("Oh la fille"), Serbo-Croatian ("Sa pjesmom u boj") and Italian ("Marcia contro l'Inghilterra"). "Es geht um's Vaterland" ("Wir Deutschen stehen marschbereit...") is one of Niel's earliest WWII songs (1939), much more serious than his previous works. It speaks about Germans being prepared to defend their Fatherland - from a "world tyrant". But, even in such a song, Niel had to include a soldier comforting his worried girlfriend... It has three strophes and all of them were recorded. Both recordings are perfectly performed. Note that several different takes were made for both tracks and released as well (they are all almost identical). So far we know that they released takes 4, 5 and 11 of "Matrosenlied" and 4, 5, 6 of "Es geht um's Vaterland" (label and the record number remained identical for all releases).

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Tempo 725

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Matrosenlied (Wir fahren gegen Engelland)
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Hermann Löns
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

In der Heimat steh’n auf Posten [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf



Another Niel's own recording of his "Matrosenlied", only not as good as previous (reminder: Tempo company's poor production). All strophes recorded. "In der Heimat steh’n auf Posten" is another early German WWII song, very similar to the previously mentioned "Es geht um's Vaterland" - about all Germans, young and old, workers, farmers, citizens and soldiers, in south, north, west and east, prepared to fight for the Fatherland. Song has three strophes, all recorded. RAD band made two recordings of this composition as well, and also for Grammophon and Tempo. Unlike the "Matrosenlied" versions, these two are quite similar.

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Tempo 726

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Edelweiß (Es war ein Edelweiß, ein kleines Edelweiß) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Bayrischer Defiliermarsch [AM II, 246] [HM II, 103]
Composer: Adolf Scherzer
Instrumental Group: Kapelle der SA-Gruppe Berlin-Brandenburg
Conductor: Musikzugführer Johannes Fuhsel
Recording Date: 1933
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: NS-Schallplatten-Industrie



Another Niel's recording of "Edelweiß" - a fine one, beginning as instrumental, followed by the refrain and then by the first two strophes (out of three). "Bayrischer Defiliermarsch" was composed by Adolf Scherzer (1815-1864) around 1850 for the Königlich Bayrisches 10. Infanterie-Regiment in Ingolstadt, where he served as a Musikmeister. March is today one of the most recognizable musical symbols of Bavaria. Since 1925 Armeemarsch II, 246 and later also Heeresmarsch II, 103. Recording was originally made for the NS-Schallplatten-Industrie, by its leading performer & the best known SA band, the Kapelle Fuhsel, and was initially released on a swastika-record.

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Tempo 734

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Die Landpartie (Wenn die Sonne scheint, Annemarie) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

Liebling, wenn ich traurig bin [Marsch und Lied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Erich Effler
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf



Two more recordings of already mentioned songs; in this version of "Die Landpartie", RAD band recorded all three strophes, and in "Liebling, wenn ich traurig bin", the first two.

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Tempo 745

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Lebe wohl, du kleine Monika (Stammlied der Propaganda-Kompanien)
Composer: Hans Carste
Lyricist: Feldwebel Hellmut Boerner
Vocal Group: Männerterzett
Instrumental Group: Orchester Willi Stanke, Berlin
Recording Date: 1940
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf

In Sanssouci, am Mühlenberg (Veronika - Marie) [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Max Rhode
Vocal Group: Männerquartett
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Tempo-Schallplatten GmbH, Berlin-Wilmersdorf



"Lebe wohl, du kleine Monika" ("Kamerad, nun heißt's marschieren...") is a 1940 song, written by a Kriegsberichter, Feldwebel Hellmut Boerner and composed by a popular film composer and bandleader Hans Carste (1909-1971; he served in the Wehrmacht since 1942 and was wounded on the Eastern front, where he was captured by Soviets and kept in captivity until 1948; after the war, he became the first German president of BIEM). Song was one of the most popular in WWII - and although its description title was the Stammlied der Propaganda-Kompanien (the main song of propaganda troops), it was sang by all German troops. It was translated in French ("Au revoir, petite Monika"), recorded by their SS volunteers and remained popular in the French Foreign Legion after the war; it was also translated in Finnish ("Näkemiin nyt, pikku Tellervo"). It is a farewell-song of a soldier who is heading to an enemy land, leaving behind his beloved Monika. A typical German soldiers' song, full of kind words for the girlfriend and strong ones for the soldiers. This version begins with the Zapfenstreich tune (the same as "Lili Marleen" often did). Song originally has four strophes; only the refrain was recorded here. It was also one of the rare German war songs which were legally recorded in the postwar Germany as well. "In Sanssouci am Mühlenberg" is a 1936 song, about two girls from the popular Sanssouci Mill (Potsdam, Sanssouci Park), Veronika and Marie, the "pride" of the local military company. This is one of numerous Niel's songs inspired by the famous Potsdam park - which was Niel's main source of inspiration, as he himself admitted in one of the interviews. Song has three strophes, all recorded. The same as the previous song, it was translated in French and is still being sang in the Legion.

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Grammophon E 11372

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Lebe wohl, du kleine Monika (Stammlied der Propaganda-Kompanien)
Composer: Hans Carste
Lyricist: Feldwebel Hellmut Boerner
Arranger: Hermann Männecke
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 24.09.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Gerda - Ursula - Marie! [Soldatenmarsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 24.09.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



In this version of the already mentioned "Lebe wohl, du kleine Monika", the first two (out of four) strophes were recorded. "Gerda - Ursula - Marie!" ("Mann an Mann marschieren wir...") is a song from 1939, quite popular and recorded by some well known military bands. One many Niel's songs about soldiers' girlfriends. It has four strophes, the 1st, 2nd and 4th were recorded here. Excellent instrumental intro, by the way.

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Grammophon E 11414

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Kamerad, wir marschieren im Westen! (Frankreichlied)
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Heinrich Anacker
Arranger: Erich Gutzeit
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 29.05.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Gegen Briten und Franzosen [Marsch]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Trio Melody: Musketier’ sind lust’ge Brüder (Siegreich woll’n wir Frankreich schlagen)/ Composer: Anonym
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 29.05.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Kamerad, wir marschieren im Westen!" was the official song of campaign in France 1940, created by the popular Niel & Anacker duo, which made some of the most successful German WWII songs. Song describes Germany's victorious advancing in France; it starts with the melody of "Die Wacht am Rhein" and ends with "Siegreich woll’n wir Frankreich schlagen" (war title of folk song "Musketier’ sind lust’ge Brüder") - both in German history related to the Franco-Prussian war (1870-1871). Also, each strophe is being "announced" with the military signal "Rasch vorwärts". Song has three strophes and all three were recorded in every version. The lyricist, Heinrich Anacker (1901-1971), was one of the earliest NSDAP members; he was at first known mostly as author of NS songs and during WWII he became the leading war propaganda lyricist. He also served in the army during WWII, as a war correspondent. This song's melody was used in the Norwegian NS song "Kamerat, vi marsjerer". "Gegen Briten und Franzosen" ("Als Soldaten Adolf Hitlers...") is another 1940 march inspired by an old anti-French tune - the previously mentioned "Siegreich woll’n wir Frankreich schlagen" (the entire trio was based on it). Also, before each strophe can be heard the melody of "Die Wacht am Rhein". Song is typical Niel's, about a soldier addressing his comrades in a stiff military way, saying that they must fight the Brits and the French now - and then nicely saying goodbye to his girlfriend and mother... It originally has four strophes; 1st and 4th were recorded - an unofficial one (with an anti-semitic text) was added in the middle. March-intro Niel composed for this song is probably the best I've ever heard.

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Grammophon E 11449

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Rosalinde (Eine Liebste hat wohl jeder) [Lied und Marsch]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Alexander Flessburg
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 24.06.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Edeltraut (Abschied nehmen müssen wir) [Marschlied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Martha Wiemann
Arranger: Bernhard Kutsch
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 24.06.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Rosalinde" ("Rosalinde ging einmal spazieren...") is a fine 1940 song about a grenadier trying to win the heart of a girl named Rosalinde. She is resisting, offended by the fact that an ordinary soldier is making a move on her. But, at the end, she finally falls into his arms... Song is rather nice and calm, but it has a fantastic, at the same time stiff and jolly, Herms-Niel-instrumental-ending (in a version by another band, this ending was played as intro). Also, before each strophe is being played the popular folk melody "Grenadier' sind lust'ge Brüder" (the same as previously mentioned "Musketier' sind lust'ge Brüder", but since this song is about a grenadier, then it's referring to the suitable version of the old song). Lyrics were written by the popular singer Alexander Flessburg (1888-1942; not to be confused with military bandmaster Alexander Heinz Flessburg, 1873-1936). Song has four strophes, the 1st and 4th were recorded here. "Edeltraut" ("Abschied nehmen müssen wir...") is, again, one of many soldiers' farewell-songs (1940); he is going across the border, to an enemy land - but everything will be beautiful again when he returns to his Edeltraut... Two strophes recorded.

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Grammophon E 11450

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Liselott [Marschlied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Joseph Lang
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 24.06.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Edeltraut (Abschied nehmen müssen wir) [Marschlied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Martha Wiemann
Arranger: Bernhard Kutsch
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 24.06.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Liselott" ("Ade, ade, mein Schätzelein...") is another 1940 farewell-song and it begins with the melody of famous "Muß i denn zum Städtele hinaus". Three strophes recorded. "Edeltraut" is the same recording as the one from Grammophon E 11449. Both songs were recorded (and released in pair as well) also by Musikkorps des Wachbataillons Berlin under Guido Grosch, a couple of months later, for Odeon.

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Grammophon E 11456

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Schön sind die Wälder [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 02.08.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Kleine Elisabeth - schöne Elisabeth! [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 02.08.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



Now, this is one of the very best RAD records I've ever heard; "Schön sind die Wälder" ("Gestern abend ging ich halt...") is a beautiful song about the forest-romance of a soldier and a girl called Hildegund. It has four strophes, the 1st, 2nd and 4th were recorded here. "Kleine Elisabeth - schöne Elisabeth!" ("Die Nachtigallen schlagen...") is a romantic and nostalgic song, about a man in love remembering the kisses with his "little Elisabeth". An excellent performance of the song! It originally has three strophes, the 1st and 2nd were recorded. Both songs were recorded again after the war by Die alten Kameraden on their Herms Niel tribute album called "Tschingta, Tschingta, Bummtara".

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Grammophon E 11464

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Antje, mein blondes Kind [Walzerlied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Heinrich Anacker
Arranger: Erich Gutzeit
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 02.08.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Ritter der Nordsee [Marsch und Lied]
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Heinrich Anacker
Arranger: Erich Gutzeit
Vocal Group: Soldatenchor
Instrumental Group: Reichsmusikzug des Reichsarbeitsdienstes, Potsdam-Golm
Conductor: Obermusikzugführer Herms Niel
Recording Date: 02.08.1940
Recording Location: Berlin, Central-Theater (Alte Jakobstraße 30-32)
Record Company: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin



"Antje, mein blondes Kind" ("Der Tag war grau, der Tag war schwer...") is quite an unusual but beautiful waltz and song, about a sailor playing a song on his accordion, on a stormy sea, far away from his beloved Antje, wondering if she can hear it... Song was very popular during and also very much after the war. It was recorded by numerous bands and artists, both military and civilian, and it was also translated in Danish and Dutch. All of its three strophes were recorded here. Note: this song was always performed with an accordion accompaniment, and the RAD band also made no exception. "Ritter der Nordsee" ("Ritter der Nordsee im blauen Gewand...") is a song of German torpedo boats, the so-called Schnellboote (S-Boote), specially designed for operations in the North Sea. Many authorities consider them to be the best torpedo boats of WWII. Song has four strophes; the 1st, 2nd and 4th were recorded here.

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Telefunken A 10040

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Edelweiß (Es war ein Edelweiß, ein kleines Edelweiß) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Singschar der 2. (Kradschützen-)Kompanie der Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3, Stahnsdorf
Instrumental Group: I. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments „Großdeutschland“, Berlin-Moabit
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers
Recording Date: 16.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Die Landpartie (Wenn die Sonne scheint, Annemarie) [Marschlied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Singschar der 2. (Kradschützen-)Kompanie der Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3, Stahnsdorf
Instrumental Group: I. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments „Großdeutschland“, Berlin-Moabit
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers
Recording Date: 16.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin



This is definitely one of the very best military records of the III Reich period. Both songs have already been mentioned on previous page; this time they are performed by the elite band of infantry regiment "Großdeutschland" and perfectly sung by the men of motorcycle company of the 3rd reconnaissance battalion. In "Edelweiß", first two strophes (out of three) were recorded and in "Die Landpartie" all three. These are The best performances of these two Niel's songs. This version of "Edelweiß" was even re-released after the war, only the performers were censored.

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Telefunken A 10044

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Matrosenlied (Wir fahren gegen Engelland)
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Hermann Löns
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: I. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments „Großdeutschland“, Berlin-Moabit
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers
Recording Date: 21.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Heut’ stechen wir ins blaue Meer [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: I. Musikkorps des Infanterie-Regiments „Großdeutschland“, Berlin-Moabit
Conductor: Stabsmusikmeister Friedrich Ahlers
Recording Date: 21.10.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
Record Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin



One more excellent and very popular record, also one of the period's very best. In previously mentioned "Matrosenlied", Ahlers' band recorded all three strophes. "Heut’ stechen wir ins blaue Meer" ("Auf Wiedersehn, mein Schätzelein...") is Niel's sailors' song from 1936, which got very popular in the first months of WWII. It has an excellent, strong and touching melody, and speaks about a sailor leaving with his ship and saying goodbye to his girl, asking her to wait for his return... Composition begins with the opening tune from Richard Wagner's "Der fliegende Holländer". Out of two, Ahlers' band recorded only the 1st strophe. Above can be seen the common blue variant of the label and also the rarely seen red one.

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Electrola EG 7027

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Matrosenlied (Wir fahren gegen Engelland)
Composer: Herms Niel
Lyricist: Hermann Löns
Arranger: Gustav Skibbe
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Blasorchester
Conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin

Unsere Marine [Marsch] [HM II, 145]
Composer: Richard Thiele
Trio: Deutsches Flaggenlied (Stolz weht die Flagge) [aus der Posse „Unsere Marine“]/ Composer: Richard Thiele/ Lyricist: Robert Linderer
Instrumental Group: Blasorchester
Conductor: Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Recording Date: 1939
Recording Location: Berlin
Record Company: Electrola GmbH, Berlin



Two very popular naval compositions, well-performed by the famous conductor Bruno Seidler-Winkler. In the already-mentioned "Matrosenlied", his orchestra recorded the first two strophes. The 2nd track, the march "Unsere Marine" (Heeresmarsch II, 145 since 1933), was composed around 1886 by Richard Thiele (1847-1903), and it contains his "Deutsches Flaggenlied" ("Stolz weht die Flagge Schwarz-Weiß-Rot...") in trio. The song was composed for Robert Linderer's (1824-1886) operetta "Unsere Marine", after which the march was named as well. Both the march and the song were and remained extremely popular, and the song had always been considered to be an unofficial German naval anthem. Notice an error on the record: it's written "Rob. [Robert] Thiele"; they mixed up the song lyricist's and composer's names.

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Telefunken M 6606

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Schön blüh’n die Heckenrosen [Marschlied]
Composer: Felix Gleßmer
Lyricist: Reinhold Fischer
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Blasorchester Carl Woitschach, Berlin
Recording Date: 21.03.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
ecord Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin

Das ist nun einmal so! (Wenn ein Soldat ein Mädel liebt) [Marsch und Lied]
Composer/Lyricist: Herms Niel
Arranger: Erich Walden
Vocal Group: Männerchor
Instrumental Group: Blasorchester Carl Woitschach, Berlin
Recording Date: 21.03.1939
Recording Location: Berlin, Sing-Akademie (Unter den Linden 5)
ecord Company: Telefunken-Platte GmbH, Berlin



In "Das ist nun einmal so!", previously mentioned on page 1, Woitschach's band recorded the first two strophes (out of six). "Schön blüh’n die Heckenrosen" ("Frühmorgens, wenn die Hähne krähn...") comes from Leipzig, 1934; it was a mega-hit in the III Reich, as well as in the postwar Germany, recorded by numerous bands and included in many songbooks, including SS, HJ, WH and modern ones. The song was composed by Felix Gleßmer (1885-1947) and written by Reinhold Fischer (who was also a singer), and originally described as "Ein neues Lied für den Marsch und Kameradschaftsabend". Its very first recordings (1934) were made also by Woitschach's band, and by Hitler's SS guards. It is a very nice soldiers' song about girls, nature, birds singing, flowers, kisses - and, of course, a bit of marching! It originally has three strophes; Woitschach and his men recorded only the refrain here.

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