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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

In Girls und Panzer, this song (along with Erika) is used by Kuromorimine Girls Academy.


The Panzer Song
♦ AUDIO ♦


Instrumental
Panzerlied
Original Version
Panzer Lied
Battle of Bulge Version
Das Panzerlied
Instrumental Remix
パンツァーリート ( Panzerlied) ~ girls Und panzer


♦ LYRICS ♦




Ob's stürmt oder schneit, ob die Sonne uns lacht

Der Tag glühend heiß, oder eiskalt die Nacht

Verstaubt sind die Gesichter, doch froh ist unser Sinn, ja, unser Sinn

Es braust unser Panzer im Sturmwind dahin!

Es braust unser Panzer im Sturmwind dahin!




Mit donnernden Motoren, geschwind wie der Blitz

Dem Feinde entgegen, im Panzer geschützt

Voraus den Kameraden, im Kampfe stehn wir allein, stehn wir allein

So stoßen wir tief in die feindlichen Reih'n!

So stoßen wir tief in die feindlichen Reih'n!




Wenn vor uns ein feindlicher erscheint

Wird Vollgas gegeben und ran an den Feind

Was gilt denn unser Leben für uns'res Reiches Heer? Ja, Reiches Heer

Für Deutschland zu sterben ist uns're höchste Ehr'

Für Deutschland zu sterben ist uns're höchste Ehr'




Mit Sperren und Minen hält der Gegner uns auf

Wir lachen darüber und fahren nicht drauf

Und droh'n vor uns Geschütze versteckt im gelben Sand, Ja, gelben Sand

Wir suchen uns Wege, die keiner sonst fand!

Wir suchen uns Wege, die keiner sonst fand!




Und läßt uns im Stich einst das treulose Glück

Und kehren wir nicht mehr zur Heimat zurück

Trifft uns die Todeskugel, ruft uns das Schicksal ab, ja, Schicksal ab

Dann wird unser Panzer ein ehernes Grab!

Dann wird unser Panzer ein ehernes Grab!




Whether it storms or snows, whether the sun smiles on us

The day burning hot, or ice cold the night

Dusty are our faces, but joyful is our mind, yes, our mind

Our tank roars there in the storm's wind

Our tank roars there in the storm's wind




With thundering engines, as fast as the lightning

Against the enemies, sheltered in the tank

Ahead of our comrades, in battle we stand alone, we stand alone

So we push deep in the enemy's ranks

So we push deep in the enemy's ranks




If a hostile tank appears before us

Full throttle and run at the enemy (orders) will be given

What do our lives matter for our Reich's army? Yes, Reich's army

To die for Germany is our highest honor

To die for Germany is our highest honor




With obstacles and mines the opponent holds us up

We laugh about it and don't drive upon them

And guns threaten before us, hidden in the yellow sand, yes, yellow sand

We search our way that none other found

We search our way that none other found




And if we're left behind by treacherous luck

And if we can't return back home anymore

If Death's bullet finds us, and calls our fate away, yes, fate away

Then our tank will become an honored grave!

Then our tank will become an honored grave!


Trivia

  • 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.

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