Russian soldiers at Stalingrad. (Credit: German Federal Archives) 8 Legendary Battle Cries

The prospect of combat is enough to leave even the bravest soldiers paralyzed with fear. That’s why armies have long mobilized their troops with battle cries and other military slogans. Some of these “war woops” were merely animalistic screams or yells designed to send a chill up the spines of the enemy, but others had political or religious significance that transcended the battlefield. Below, learn the stories behind eight of military history’s most intimidating rallying cries.

WNU Editor: My father fought north of Stalingrad .... I only heard him say it once “There is no land for us beyond the Volga.” .... years later it still gives me the chills when I remember how he said it.

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