“He was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip, and ear; was blinded in his left eye; survived two plane crashes; tunnelled out of a prisoner-of-war camp; and tore off his own fingers when a doctor declined to amputate them. Describing his experiences in the First World War, he wrote, “Frankly I had enjoyed the war.”
–Wikipedia article on Sir Adrian de Wiart
The one and only Sabaton, the Swedish heavy metal band that specializes in songs of historical warfare, will be coming out with its latest album The War to End All Wars on March 4th. They’re releasing a few songs as singles in the lead up, and yesterday dropped The Unkillable Soldier about British war hero Sir Adrian de Wiart, who served in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II. The above quote sums up his experience and the reason for the song’s title.
The video is a little tongue in cheek (in marked contrast to their more somber ones for Christmas Truce and Soldier of Heaven, both of which are also part of the upcoming album), which frankly seems appropriate for the man who declared that he enjoyed the Great War. The song is as awesome as you’d expect.
And as a bonus, if you want something more serious, here’s Soldier of Heaven, about ‘White Friday’, the event where avalanches in the Alps killed at least 2,000 Italian and Austria-Hungarian soldiers.