Kanonenfieber Regiment

The Yankee Division March.

Featured by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder.
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Initial Situation:

1918, the year that brought the end of World War I. After Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare against the rest of the world and sank ships carrying passengers from the United States. The United States of America declared war on Germany.

Initially still under the command of the British and French, the Americans got their first chance to take the battlefield under their own direction at the Battle of St. Mihiel. The Yankee Division, as it was popularly known, now came into play.

The Germans, trying to free themselves from the clutches of the French Army by means of a retreat to the Michael position, were cut off by the forces of the United States and forced into a hedgehog position at Combres Heights.

A savage slaughter was the result. After 4 hours of deafening preparatory fire, the Americans advanced across the battlefield at 05:00 am and invaded the German trenches.
The result was over 6,500 dead and 7,000 wounded on both sides. 15,000 German prisoners were taken by the Yankee Division in just 3 days. The Americans' first independent campaign was crowned with bloody success.

Open attack at St. Mihiel by Lucien Hector Jones (1880-1947)
Lyrical Processing

The song "The Yankee Division March" picks up on the very moment when the Americans marched on the German positions at 05:00. Written from the point of view of a German mortarman and an American fusilier, the lyrics attempt to capture the situation of the opposing parties.

The German artillery crew shoves one twenty-two-inch shell after another into the maw of the fire-breathing mortar, while the American fusilier must crawl through mud, barbed wire, and body parts to enter the German trenches unscathed.

Ultimately, the winner is death.

The first single
  • Title

    The Yankee Division March

  • Support

    Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder

    support Kopie

  • Release Video

    Jan 27th, 2022 at 3:30 pm (YouTube)

  • Release Song

    Jan 28th, 2022 at 09 am (Spotify/Bandcamp)

  • Format

    Digital and 7inch Vinyl


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