Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Lili Marlene was perhaps the most popular song of World War II with both German and British forces. Based on a German poem the song was record in both English and German versions. The poem was set to music in 1938 and was a hit with troops in the Afrika Korps. Mobile desert combat required a large number of radio units and the British started to enjoy the song so much that it was quickly translated in to English. The song was used throughout the war as not only a popular song, but a propaganda tool.