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DerMann

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#1 12 years ago

I don't know if anyone has ever listened to the song The Tanks that Broke the Ranks Out in Picardy, but I just found the lyrics today, and I must say, it is quite amusing.

In No Man's Land one early morn at sixty in the shade From out the British lines there came the famous Tank Brigade The Huns began to strafe 'em, couldn't make it out at all Especially when the tanks began the Caterpillar (1) crawl.

And the tanks went on, and they strolled along with an independent air And their guns began to blare, and the Huns began to swear For they pulled the trees up by the roots, and they made the Huns look like galoots (2) Did the tanks that broke the ranks out in Picardy

The Huns peeped through their trenches, for they couldn't understand. They cried "Here comes the British Navy, sailing on the land!" The Kaiser saw them also and, as through the trench he ran, He shouted out to Tirpitz "Hush! Here comes the bogey man!"

And the tanks went on, and they strolled along with an independent air Said the Huns, "It isn't fair! You're not fighting on the square! (3)" At the fortress then they made a call and started walking through the wall Did the tanks that broke the ranks out in Picardy.

When Hindenburg (4) first saw a tank he chaffed and made a fuss. He said to Little Willie (5) "It's a motor omnibus!" Then Little Willie saw it and he made a rude (6) remark Said he, "It's not a 'bus at all - it's Noah inside his Ark!"

And the tanks went on, and they strolled along with an independent air And a German colonel there nearly lost his ginger hair From inside the tank there came a claw, and it pulled him through the early door And they took him for a joy-ride round Picardy.

And they strolled along to the Bois Boulong (7) with an independent air, Up and down each thoroughfare, and they didn't seem to care; Then the little bantam driver (8) cried to all the Tommies, "Jump inside And it's tuppence all the way from here to Berlin".

Notes: (1) The Caterpillar tractor company invented the tracks used by tanks. (2) Galoots = fools (3) On the square = correctly, according to proper rules, as in "fair and square". (To be "on the square" can also mean to be a Freemason.) (4) In Fanning and Fortune's version this is mispronounced - Hind as in "hind quarters". (5) Little Willie = Kaiser Wilhelm. (6) In Fanning and Fortune's version this word sounds more like "road". (7) Boys Boulong = Bois de Boulogne (8) Cramped conditions made men of below average height better suited to crew tanks.

Linkeh to place to download song:

http://firstworldwar.com/audio/tanksthatbroketheranks.htm

The part that I find most interesting is the part that goes:

And the tanks went on, and they strolled along with an independent air And a German colonel there nearly lost his ginger hair From inside the tank there came a claw, and it pulled him through the only door And they took him for a joy-ride round Picardy.

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#2 12 years ago

That was in the bf1918 mod.I loved that song




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#3 12 years ago

hehe, heard it a long time ago. and still got it on my pc