Screaming Eagles

Screaming Eagles – Lyrics

Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén / Sundström

Lyrics:

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazi’s cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

ALONE! [2x]

Sent from the skies jumped into the unknown
The march to Berlin has begun
Spearhead the charge surrounded by foes
Eagles are leading the way

France is still under enemy rule
Push, axis retreat

Thrown towards Arnhem a bitter defeat
They’re stretched out just one bridge too far
Turn of the tide, it’s breaking away
Losing momentum, retreat

Go to Bastogne, the crossroads must hold
Stand, alone in the cold

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazi’s cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

ALONE! [2x]

Dig your own foxholes or dig your own Grave
The storm is about to begin
The siege has begun, there’s nowhere to run
Panzerkampfwagen emerge

Tanks and mortars are shaking the ground
Prey of man and machine

Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazi’s cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Chill of the winter bite to the bone and Christmas is drawing near
Soldiers are freezing, the death toll increasing
They’re dying in their holes
There’s no surrender there’s no retreat, the Wehrmacht is drawing near
There’s no reinforcements they’re fighting all alone

Sent from the skies ended up in Bastogne
As easy, as hard as they get
Nazi command request and demand
Offer surrender – declined

Nuts! The generals word echo clear
Nuts! The Nazi’s shall hear

[2x]
Crack of the lightning splitting the ground
Thunder is sounding, artillery pounding
Wrath of the Nazi’s cast on Bastogne
Facing their forces alone

Historic fact:

The 101st Airborne Division (nicknamed “Screaming Eagles”) is an elite modular specialized light infantry division of the United States Army trained for air assault operations. During WW2 they fought in several major campaigns and battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, around the city of Bastogne.

The Siege of Bastogne was an engagement in December 1944 between American and German forces. The goal of the German offensive was to take control of Antwerp’s harbour. In order to reach it before the Allies had a chance to regroup and bring their aerial support, German mechanized forces had to seize the roadways through eastern Belgium, because they all converged on Bastogne.

The American soldiers in the city were outnumbered 5 to 1 and were lacking cold-weather gear, ammunition, food, medical supplies and senior leadership. Due to the bad winter weather, the U.S. forces could not be resupplied by air and air support wasn’t available.

On the 22nd of December, General von Lüttwitz submitted a demand for surrender to his Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, who was commanding the U.S. forces in Bastogne

“To the U.S.A Commander of the encircled town of Bastogne.
The fortune of war is changing. This time the U.S.A. forces in and near Bastogne have been encircles by strong German armored units. More German armored units have crossed the river Our near Ortheuville, have taken Marche and reached St. Hubert by passing through Hompre-Sibret-Tillet. Libramont is in German hands.

There is only one possibility to save the encircled U.S.A. troops from total annihilation: that is the honorable surrender of the encircled town. In order to think it over a term of two hours will be granted beginning with the presentation of this note.

If this proposal should be rejected one German Artillery Corps and six heavy A. A. Battalions are ready to annihilate the U.S.A. troops in and near Bastogne. The order for firing will be given immediately after this two hours term.

All the serious civilian losses caused by this artillery fire would not correspond with the well-known American humanity.

The German Commander.”

Shortly after McAuliffe sent the following communication to von Lüttwitz:

“To the German Commander.

NUTS!

The American Commander.”

The besieged American forces were relieved by elements of General Patton’s Third Army on the 27th of December.

(Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)

Album Info:

Coat Of Arms

Drums recorded at Abyss Studios by: Peter Tägtgren
The rest is recorded at The Eagle´s Nest by: Sabaton
Mixed at Boomtown by: Fredrik Nordström & Andrew Hayball
Mastered by Erik at Masters of Audio
Released upon Nuclear Blast
Artwork by Jobert Mello, Sledgehammer Graphics

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