The Crosses Grow on Anzio

Visit http://www.audiemurphy.com/poems.htm to learn more about the poems and songs that Audie Murphy wrote including this one which has since been quoted by the Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton in their song “To Hell and Back” which is about Audie Murphy.

THE CROSSES GROW ON ANZIO
Oh, gather ’round me, comrades; and
listen while I speak
Of a war, a war, a war where hell is
six feet deep.
Along the shore, the cannons roar. Oh
how can a soldier sleep?
The going’s slow on Anzio. And hell is
six feet deep.

Praise be to God for this captured sod that
rich with blood does seep.
With yours and mine, like butchered
swine’s; and hell is six feet deep.
That death awaits there’s no debate;
no triumph will we reap.
The crosses grow on Anzio, where hell is
six feet deep.

. . . Audie Murphy, 1948

 

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