Alte Kameraden

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"Alte Kameraden"
Alte Kameraden marsch noten (score).jpg
"Alte Kameraden" cover
March by Carl Teike
Released 1889
Genre March
Composer Carl Teike

Alte Kameraden, performed by Anker-Orchester between 1905 and 1910.

Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades) is the title of a popular German military march. It is included in the Armeemarschsammlung as HM II, 150.


"Alte Kameraden" was written around 1889 in Ulm, Germany by military music composer Carl Teike. After presenting his superior with the musical score, Teike was allegedly told: "We have marches enough. Throw this one into the stove!"

The march was not burned but became one of most frequently played German military marches. It remains popular internationally and in Germany, where it was even played in the aftermath of World War II when such music was frowned upon. Nowadays, it is the presentation march of the Chilean Air Force and the official march past of the Flight Sergeant Adolfo Menadier Rojas NCO School under this service.


German lyrics English translation
1st Stanza:
Alte Kameraden auf dem Marsch durchs Land
Halten Freundschaft felsenfest und treu.
Ob in Not oder in Gefahr,
Stets zusammen halten sie auf’s neu.
1st Stanza:
Old comrades on the march through the country
Hold friendship faithful and true.
Whether in need or in danger
Always together they hold new at it.
2nd Stanza:
Zur Attacke geht es Schlag auf Schlag,
Ruhm und Ehr soll bringen uns der Sieg,
Los, Kameraden, frisch wird geladen,
Das ist unsere Marschmusik.
2nd Stanza:
To attack it goes blow on blow,
Glory and honor will bring us the victory,
Come on, comrades, freshly loaded,
This is our marching music.
3rd Stanza:
Nach dem Kampfe geht das ganze Regiment
Ins Quartier ins nächste Dorfhaus­element
Und beim Wirte das Geflirte
Mit den Mädels und des Wirtes Töchterlein.
3rd Stanza
After the battle the whole regiment
Into quarters in the nearest village house element.
And when the hosts flirting
With the girls and the landlord's daughter.
4th Stanza:
Lachen scherzen, lachen scherzen, heute ist ja heut'
Morgen ist das ganze Regiment wer weiß wie weit.
Das, Kameraden, ist des Kriegers bitt'res Los,
Darum nehmt das Glas zur Hand und wir sagen "Prost".
4th Stanza:
Laughing joking, laughing joking, today yes today
Tomorrow is the whole regiment who knows how far.
That, comrades, is the warrior's bitter lot
So take the glass to hand and say "Cheers".
5th Stanza:
Alter Wein gibt Mut und Kraft,
In dem steckt der wahre Lebenssaft.
Und das alte Herz bleibt jung
Und gewaltig die Erinnerung.
5th Stanza:
Old Wine gives courage and strength,
In which lies the true lifeblood.
And this old heart stays young
And powerful the memories.
6th Stanza:
Ob in Freude, ob in Not,
Bleiben wir getreu bis in den Tod.
Trinket aus und schenket ein
Und laßt uns alte Kameraden sein.
6th Stanza:
Whether in joy, whether in need,
We remain faithful unto death.
Drink from one and bestow
And let's be old comrades.

Popular culture[edit]

  • Karl Anton Döll: Alte Kameraden, 1961
  • Aces High (1976) - This march is played in the opening sequence.
  • The Goon Show (BBC Home Service 1951 to 1960). A truncated and comic version played at the end of every episode.
  • Channel 7 (Thailand) - This march is played in the opening Royal Thai news programme in 8.00pm (1980-2004).

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

"Alte Kameraden": Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project