The Price of a Mile

Posted on August 7, 2013. Filed under: History | Tags: , , |

Today is August 7, 2013. Three days ago, August 4, marked the 99th anniversary of the outbreak of war on the Western Front when Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

The war was one of the most horrific wars ever known. World War II had a higher cost in lives and dollars spent (or pounds or francs or whatever), but the Second World War never saw battles where casualties would rise into the hundreds of thousands. The Battle of Verdun alone cost both sides over 700,000 casualties in 10 months of fighting.

It’s amazing that both sides were able to recover sufficiently to fight again 20 years later.

Trench warfare deadlocked the front, and many lives were wasted as both sides tried to figure out how to break the stalemate. It reached a point where the French Army mutinied and refused to go over the top one more time, only to be killed or watch their friends and comrades get mowed down by German machine gun fire.

I am a huge heavy metal fan. I recently discovered this band from Sweden called Sabaton. They have a song they wrote about the war called The Price of a Mile. I’ve linked to the video (not official) below.

The Great War’s generation is almost all gone now. Please remember the sacrifices these men made, and the horrors of that war.

 

 

Throw your soldiers into positions once there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight.

Hear the sound of the machine gun
Hear it echo in the night
Mortars firing, rains the scene
Scars the fields that once were green
It’s a stalemate at the front line
Where the soldiers rest in mud
Roads and houses, all is gone
There’s no glory to be won

Know that many men will suffer
know that many men will die
Half a million lives at stake
At the fields of Passchendaele
And as night falls the general calls
And the battle carries on
And on
What is the purpose of it all
What’s the price of a mile

CHORUS:
Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army on the march
Long way from home
Paying the price in young mens lives
Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army in despair
Knee-deep in mud
Stuck in the trench with no way out

Thousands of machine guns
Kept on firing through the night
Mortars placed and wreck the scene
Guns the fields that once were green
Still a deadlock at the front line
Where the soldiers die in mud
Roads and houses since long gone
Still no glory has been won

Know that many men has suffered
Know that many men has died
Six miles of ground has been won
Half a million men are gone
And as the men crawled the general called
And the killing carried on
And on
What was the purpose of it all
What’s the price of a mile

Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army on the march
Long way from home
Paying the price in young mens lives
Thousands of feat march to the beat
It’s an army in despair
Knee-deep in mud
Stuck in the trench with no way out

Young men are dying
They pay the price
Oh how they suffer
So tell me what’s the price of a mile

That’s the price of a mile!

Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army on the march
Long way from home
Paying the price in young mens lives
Thousands of feat march to the beat
It’s an army in despair
Knee-deep in mud
Stuck in the trench with no way out

Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army on the march
Long way from home
Paying the price in young mens lives
Thousands of feat march to the beat
It’s an army in despair
Knee-deep in mud
Stuck in the trench with no way out

Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army on the march
Long way from home
Paying the price in young mens lives
Thousands of feat march to the beat
It’s an army in despair
Knee-deep in mud
Stuck in the trench with no way out

Thousands of feet march to the beat
It’s an army on the march
Long way from home
Paying the price in young mens lives
Thousands of feat march to the beat
It’s an army in despair
Knee-deep in mud
Stuck in the trench with no way out

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