Video: FFL & German SS singing Chants

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    This video contains many pictures of FFL troops and what appears to be German SS WW II Soldiers and their chants.

    Of course, after WW II many ex-SS troops & officers joined the FFL and fought in SE Asia (Vietnam.

  2. Interesting.

    I knew an ex editor of the Forces Weekly Echo who taught his young daughter all sorts oif hisotric tidbits. One was

    What was the last stand of the Wehrmacht?
    "Dien Bien Phu Daddy!.

    The Germans recruited ex Legionnaires to form Infantry Regiment no 361 as part of the Afrika Korps.

    Another German marching song used by the FFL is "Wildgänse rauschen durch die Nacht." (Wild geese rushing through the night) This was from oen of the most successful German books to emerge from the Great War "Wanderer between two worlds" by Walter Flex published in 1916.

    I have read that it was sung by the Germans in the Great War , but can't find a reference to the composer of the tune.

    The song was adopted by the Hitler Youth and sung by the Wehrmacht.

    and also by the FFL as Les Oies sauvages "The wild birds"

    and another version here
  3. Robert Götz (1892–1978)

    aka The Wild Geese
  4. Thank you - composed 1916 - so it is a contemporary of something linke Keep the Home fires Burning, Goodbyeee etc. !

    Its obvious that the post war French Army pinched good marching songs from the enemy. Its not the first time in history and not unknown for the British Army e.g. Ca Ira was the march of the West Yorkshire Regiment havign beaten the French at their own tune.

    But how many wehrmacht tunes have been accepted by the British Army?

    I remember that A sqn 17/21st Lancers used to sing the Panzerlied at spmokers in the privacy of their own bivouacs on the Lunebergegerheide.

    Do the fratewrnity of fallschirmjaeger sing any of the German songs?
  5. I used to know one that was sung a lot about the invasion of Crete. Fcuking great when everyone started it!
  6. Paratroopers graveyard or Red shines the sun JD?
  7. I heard about this from elsewhere and google threw this up:

    It was to one of these remote hamlets that I came one evening and was pleased to hear voices raised lustily in song, aided and abetted by thundering chords on an only slightly out of tune piano.

    Now, I love a good singsong in the pub, so I rubbed my hands and prepared for action. Then I paused and listened with more attention. I knew the tune, but never thought to hear it being committed, con brio, gusto and I wot not what else in a quiet English village.

    The tune was undoubtedly the 'Horst Wessel' Song - that well known Nazi marching song "Die fahne hoch- die reihen fest geschlossen" except that in broad Wessex it came out as: "Der fanny hock - der rains fast gersploshing"

    Hardly Hoch Deutsche, but an approximation of German none the less. Had, I wondered, a crack detachment of Waffen SS been dropped into darkest Wiltshire during the War and forgotten in the Peace - like those old Japs who were always turning up on remote Pacific Islands?

    There was only one way to find out, so with straight back, beating heart and boggling mind, I marched into the pub. The singing quavered to a halt. Everything looked normal; there was no one who looked like an obvious Standartenfuehrer. There was even a local farmer whom I knew had fought with the Wiltshire Regiment. There was a pleasant faced young man sitting at the piano. I bought him a pint. We chatted. He was a schoolmaster, or so he said.

    "That song" I said.

    He roared with laughter "Horst Wessel? It's a good tune."

    I nodded round the bar "Do they know what it is?"

    "Haven't a clue -as you probably heard they've adapted the German into Wessex demotic. They just think it's a rattling good tune. They call it 'The Horse Weasel Song."

  8. There are several fallschirmjeagerlied

    The first of these raised a glimmer or regnition when I played it to some British paras


    The chorus refers to their victories - German lyrics are here.

    But there are others

    Rot schient die Sonne

    Abgeschmiert aus 100 Metern - which I think might have been released by the Seekers in the 1960s

    Grun ist unser fallschirm (which might be a Bundeswehr song)
  9. Paratroopers Graveyard.