Coat Of Arms Album Cover

Coat Of Arms


At dawn envoy arrives, morning of October 28th
No-day proven by deed, descendants of Sparta, Athens, and Crete
Look north, ready to fight, enemies charge from the hills
To arms facing defeat, there’s no surrender, there’s no retreat

Time after time, force their enemies back to the line

Call to arms, banners fly in the wind
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of arms reading “Freedom or Death”
Blood of king Leonidas

Air raid pounding the land, bombers are flying both day and night
Endure 6 days of rain dropped by invaders bombraid in vain
Strike hard the tables have turned, drive them back over the hills
At arms just like before, soldiers, civilians, Hellas at war

By their own hand forced the enemy out of their land

Just like their ancestors ages ago, fought in the face of defeat
Those 300 men left a pride to uphold: Freedom or Death in effect

Then, now again, blood of heroes saving their land

Lyrics:Brodén / Sundström
Historic Fact
The Greco-Italian war opposed Italy and Greece from the 28th of October 1940 until the 23rd of April 1941. The campaign’s objective was to establish a Greek puppet state which would allow the Italian annexation of the Ionian, Sporades and the Cyclades islands. On the 28th of October, the Italian forces invaded Greece in several columns coming from Albania. On the 3rd November, the Italian spearhead was surrounded from all sides and reinforcements were unable to reach the cut-off Italian forces. The Italian defeat was followed by the Greek counter offensive which ended on the 6th of April 1941 was called the first “first axis setback of the entire war” by Mark Mazower. After reinforcing the front to 28 divisions, the Italians conducted a spring offensive in 1941 which also failed. During the Battle of Greece, Greek and British forces in northern Greece were overwhelmed by the Germans, which advanced rapidly into Greece. The Italian army suffered more than 154’000 casualties and the Greek army suffered about 90’000 losses. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)