Panzerlied was the most well known of the Panzer Marches.

The Panzerlied reached fame in 1965 after it was featured in the famous tank battle movie, the Battle of the Bulge. I was just a kid back then and enjoyed the movie and the Panzerlied tune very much. Never mind that the producers were using American tanks and called them as Tigers and Panthers. I hadn't known what a German Tiger looked like, so it made no difference. The Panzerlied was first composed in 1933 by a German Wehrmacht lieutenant.

If you are looking for the lyrics in German and English, or to download the song, then its all here on this page.


As with any famous recording, there has been many versions produced. Some of the more famous versions are provided below for download. The Panzerlied download is in mp3 format. To download, right click on the link below and select "Save Target As".

Panzerlied - by Soldatenlieder 2 mins, 26 secs; (2.23MB)

Panzerlied - by the Wehrmacht and a bit slower version 3 mins, 1 secs; (3.46MB)

Panzerlied - from Battle of the Bulge 2 mins, 17 secs; (536KB)

Panzerlied - German Army Chorus 1960s, 1 mins, 0 secs; (256KB)

Panzerlied - musical version 0 mins, 35 secs; (288KB)

Panzerlied - Wiking Jugend version 3 mins, 59 secs; (3.66MB). Many thanks to Ozgur for sharing this mp3.

If you have other versions of the Panzerlied or other marches, please share it with the community. We are especially interested in Kriegsmarine marches. You can contact us and we will upload your song.

Panzerlied Lyrics

Whether it storms or snows
Whether the sun shines upon us
The day burning hot
Or the night freezing cold
Dusty are our faces
But happy we are at heart
We're at heart
Our tank roars ahead
Along with the storm wind

With thundering engines
Fast as a lightning bolt
The enemy engaging
Within our armor plates
Come on comrades
In the battle, all alone
We stand all alone
That's how we strike deep
Into the enemy's ranks

When an enemy tank
Appears ahead of us
Full throttle is given
And we close with the foe
What value then is our life
For the army of our nation
Yes army of our nation
For to die for Germany
Is our highest honour

With obstacles and tanks
The enemy blocks our path
We laugh about it
And simply pass them by
And if we are threatened by guns
Hidden in the yellow sand
In the yellow sand
We find ourselves a path
That no one else found

And if we are abandoned
By that unfaithful luck
And if we don't return
To our homeland again
If a bullet strikes us down
If our fate calls upon us
Yes our fate upon us
Then for us the tank will be
An honorable grave
Ob's stürmt oder schneit,
Ob die Sonne uns lacht
Der Tag glühend heiß
Oder eiskalt die Nacht
Bestaubt sind die Gesichter
Doch froh ist unser Sinn
Ist unser Sinn
Es braust unser Panzer
Im Sturmwind dahin

Mit donnernden Motoren
Geschwind wie der Blitz
Dem Feinde entgegen
Im Panzer geschützt
Voraus den Kameraden
Im Kampf steh'n wir allein
Steh'n wir allein
So stoßen wir tief
In die feindlichen Reihn

Wenn vor uns ein feindliches
Heer dann erscheint
Wird Vollgas gegeben
Und ran an den Feind!
Was gilt denn unser Leben
Für unsres Reiches Heer?
Ja Reiches Heer?
Für Deutschland zu sterben
Ist uns höchste Ehr.

Mit Sperren und Minen
Hält der Gegner uns auf
Wir lachen darüber
Und fahren nicht drauf
Und droh'n vor uns Geschütze
Versteckt im gelben Sand
Im gelben Sand
Wir suchen uns Wege
Die keiner sonst fand

Und läßt uns im Stich
Einst das treulose Glück
Und kehren wir nicht mehr
Zur Heimat zurück
Trifft uns die Todeskugel
Ruft uns das Schicksal ab
Ja Schicksal ab
Dann wird uns der Panzer
Ein ehernes Grab.

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