Hearts Of Iron – Lyrics

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Music by: Brodén Text by: Brodén / Sundström

See the Reich in flames
Try to save Berlin in vain
It’s a road through death and pain
On the other shore, there’s the end of the war

Who could ever have believed,
Seems like nothing’s been achieved
Just to walk a day, go all the way, the fronts are closing in
As the end is drawing near, the 12:th army interfere
Open up a route, get people out, it’s forces spread out thin

It’s the end of the war
Hold the corridor!
Reach for Elbe’s shore

It’s the end, the war has been lost
Keeping them safe ’til the river’s been crossed
Nicht ein schlacht, ein rettungsaktion
Holding their ground ’til the final platoon
“Hurry up, we’re waiting for you”
Men of the 9:th, and civilians too
Dispossessed, surrendering to the west

Who’ll survive and who will die?
Up to kriegsglück to decide
Those who made it cross, without a loss, have reason to reflect
It is not about Berlin, it is not about the Reich,
It’s about the men, who fought for them, what peace can they expect?

See the city burn on the other side
Going down in flames as two worlds collide
Who can now look back with a sense of pride?
On the other shore, there’s the end of the war

Historic Fact

During the final battle of Berlin in 1945 the general of the 12th army, Walther Wenck realized that the end of the war was coming, and instead of trying to defeat the advancing Soviet forces as his orders were, he used his army to create an escape corridor out of Berlin. For such an act he would surely have been sentenced to death, but instead he ended up being responsible for up to 250 000 people safely escaping the burning city of Berlin. For some this was a battle, for him this was a rescue operation.