Fields Of Verdun - Lyrics

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As the drum roll started on that day, heard a hundred miles away
A million shells were fired and the green fields turned to grey

The bombardment lasted all day long, yet the forts were standing strong
Heavily defended, now the trap has been sprung and the battle has begun

Descend into darkness
303 days below the sun

Fields of Verdun
And the battle has begun
Nowhere to run
Father and son
Fall one by one
Under the gun

Thy will be done
And the judgement has begun
Nowhere to run
Father and son
Fall one by one
Fields of Verdun

Though a million shells have scarred the land, no one has the upper hand
From the ground above to trenches, where the soldiers make their stand

As the trenches slowly turn to mud, and then quickly start to flood
Death awaits in every corner, as they die in the mud, fill the trenches with blood

Fields of execution turned to wasteland from the grass
Thou shalt go no further it was said they shall not pass
The spirit of resistance and the madness of the war
So…
Go ahead!
Face the led!
Join the dead!
Though you die!
Where you lie!
Never asking why!

Music: Brodén / Lyrics: Brodén / Sundström
Historic fact
In 1916, The Battle of Verdun (known as Operation Judgement by the Germans) was the longest single battle of the war lasting for 303 days. The first day of the battle began with a 10-hour bombardment of over 1 million artillery shells by the Germans, the rumble of which could be heard almost 100 miles away. The concentration of so much fighting in such a small area for so long devastated the land, resulting in miserable conditions for troops on both sides. Rain combined with the constant tearing up of the ground turned the clay of the area to a wasteland of mud full of human remains. Shell craters filled with water, becoming so slippery that troops who fell or took cover in them could drown if they couldn’t climb out.

Defensive positions were gained and lost on a daily basis and neither side could maintain the upper hand; the village of Fleury changed hands sixteen times and by the end of the battle was deemed uninhabitable. Eight other nearby villages were erased from the face of the earth that year. The nine martyr villages of the Verdun ridge were officially designated as “villages that died for France,” six of which remain uninhabited.

Due to such costly battles along the western front, France was forced to conscript men up to the age of 45, fathers and sons fought and died side-by-side in Verdun. At great cost and under the rallying cry “They shall not pass!” France successfully defended Verdun from the Germans. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war with over 700,000 combined casualties.

Facts by: Joe Arino