Ни шагу назад! :: NOT A STEP BACK

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On July 28, 1942 Joseph Stalin issued Order 227 known as "Not One Step Back" which decreed that no commander had the right to retreat without orders. It also established that each front must form penal battalions (штрафбат) made up of soldiers with disciplinary problems. штрафбат were punished by being sent to the most dangerous fighting zones.

In addition Order 227 enjoined the army to create заградительный отряд (barrier troops) whose sole purpose would be to shoot any 'cowards' attempting retreat. Barrier troops were only utilized for about three months, as they were ineffective, diverted manpower, and --- unsurprisingly --- seemed to have an adverse effect on morale.

Despite the harsh provisions of Order 227, "Ни шагу назад" or "Not one step back" became a popular slogan for the Soviet defenders.

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Ни шагу назад
Ни шагу назад
FROM THE FORTRESS ONCE CALLED TSARITSYN
LOST TO WHITE ARMIES BUT REGAINED BY COMMAND OF COMRADE STALIN, HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION
WE STAND AT THE END OF ALL WAR
STANDING EVEN WHILE WE CRAWL BELOW RUINS WHERE OUR ANCESTORS PRAYED
WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT FIGHT
WE HAVE NO CHANCE TO RETREAT
THERE IS ONLY VICTORY OR DEATH
NOT A STEP BACK
NOT A STEP BACK
Ни шагу назад
Ни шагу назад
WHEN THE BOMBS CAME AND DESTROYED OUR CITY
WE HAD ALREADY LOST
BUT ALL WHO LIVED STAYED TO FIGHT
AND ALL WHO COULD CAME TO JOIN
TO DRIVE THE WOLVES FROM OUR GATE
OUR HARES IN HIDING SEALED THEIR FATE
BROKE THEM LIKE STICKS
NEVER TO CEDE MAMAYEV KURGAN
TO DEFEND OTHER CITIES OTHER HOMES
NOT A STEP BACK
NOT A STEP BACK
Ни шагу назад
Ни шагу назад
Ни шагу назад
Ни шагу назад

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from за волгой для нас земли нет, released July 17, 2013
guitar and vocals - Gazelle Amber Valentine. drums - Edgar Livengood.

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