Panzerlied (in English; Panzer song) is a German World War Two song used by the German Wehrmacht's Panzer Divisions. It was composed in June 1933 by Oberleutnant Kurt Wiehle while on his way to Königsbrück.
Wiehle adapted a German sailor's song, writing lyrics more appropriate to the Panzerwaffe.
At the time, Germany was clandestinely developing an armored force in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles. The song could be considered as a reflection of the German re-armament, launched in the same time frame as the song was written. It has gained fame in the English-Speaking world due to its usage in the 1965 film Battle of the Bulge
| The Panzer Song|
- The song was made famous in the 1965 war film Battle of the Bulge, where the filmmakers had the song repeat the first stanza 4 times, omitting the rest of the song because of Nazi references.
- For the anime, Panzerlied features an instrumental version of the song, also repeating the first stanza 4 times.
- The Panzerlied is still sung in the Bundeswehr, the modern-day German Army.
- The melody of this song is also used by other countries such as Chile.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWY1q3DjpAU (original version of the song)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JDkdc246QQ (from the 1965 film "Battle of the Bulge")