Nautical History

Nautical History

First, for those who missed my post, Sabaton decided that, since they couldn't figure out a place to slide it in between Heroes, The Last Stand, and the upcoming Great War, that they'd just go ahead and do a single about the Bismark.OK, for those somewhat familiar with the story of the hunt for the Bismark, there's actually an argument for putting it under "The Last Stand". Either way, like how they executed the video.While on the subject, another song about the same ship:I grew up with that song, courtesy of my dad.…

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Sabaton

Sabaton

For those of you who've hung around a while, my love of Sabaton is not news. There are metal bands with more intricate musicianship, but the overall blend of history and music sense is outstanding. They've also started a youtube history channel with Indy Neidell, who has two other youtube channels dedicated to history in general and WW2. I'll post links to the first seven videos released up until now below, but another question has been knocking around the back of my head. What do they believe? I'll grant up front that I cannot and will not read minds, but…

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Metal Monday - Sabaton

Metal Monday - Sabaton

Dug up a couple AMV’s of Sabaton songs. Mostly Star Wars themed here, though one is the excellent fan-animated short, and hey, the rest are “stuff blowing up” even if it is from Rogue One, etc.…

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Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Rorke's Drift

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Rorke's Drift

Background: On January 22nd, 1879, a British force of nearly 2000 men fought a force of nearly 20,000 Zulu warriors in the battle of Isandlwana, and despite the technological advantages, was nearly totally destroyed. 4000 warriors of the reserve broke off near the end of the battle to cut off some of the British forces, and ended up marching onto a small garrison of roughly 150 men called Rorke’s Drift. Burdened down with hospital patients, they could not retreat, and decided to stand, and fight. They fortified the grounds and buildings. After eleven hours of fighting – often hand…

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Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: The Lost Battalion

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: The Lost Battalion

Background: Much of the below is cribbed from Infogalactic: On October 2 of 1918, near the end of WWI, American forces of the 77th division led by Major Charles White Whittlesey advanced into the Argonne forest as part of a planned offensive. They advanced, reaching their objective at Hill 198, a defensible position, but, the French forces expected on their left flank and the other American forces on their right were stalled, driven back by a counterattack, and so at the end of the day, the 77th discovered it was alone, surrounded, beyond allied lines. The 77th spent the next…

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Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Blood of Bannockburn

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Blood of Bannockburn

Background: In 1296 the wars for Scottish independence from England had begun, and in 1304, the English had apparently won. But in 1306 Robert the Bruce ascended the Scottish throne, and re-opened the conflict. In 1314 Edward Bruce, Robert’s brother, besieged the strategically critical Stirling Castle, controlling the route north into Scotland. To relieve the fort, and preserve their strategic position, the English assembled a force of 17000 men, two thousand of them cavalry, to crush the Scottish forces roughly half their size. Where most battles in that time were short, this lasted two remarkable days of fighting, with…

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Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Last Dying Breath

Music: Sabaton: The Last Stand: Last Dying Breath

On October 7th of 1915 a Major named Dragutin Gavrilović addressed his troops. The battalion and small group of volunteers was ragged and battered, having fought for hours against the German and Austro-Hungarian troops in the defense of Belgrade. Shot to hell by artillery, ground down by the Austro-Hungarian reinforcements, they’d fought back close and hard. Putting flowers from a local flower shop on their uniforms and guns, they were preparing for a last stand, On the day of the decisive battle, they received the Communion in the Ružica church (Little Rose church) in the Kalemegdan Fortress, and then…

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