The Panzerlied is one of the best known Wehrmacht songs. It was composed on the 28th of June 1935 by Oberleutnant Kurt Wiehle while on his way to Königsbrück. Wiehle adapted a German sailor’s song called „Luiska-Lied (Wohl über den Klippen)“ writing lyrics more appropriate to the Panzerwaffe. At the time, Germany was clandestinely developing an armored force in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles. The song could be considered as a reflection of the German re-armament, launched in the same time frame as the song was written.
It has gained fame in the English-speaking world due to its usage in the 1965 film Battle of the Bulge. While throughout that film German characters speak English, the song is sung in the original German.
In 2017, the German army was banned from publishing song books containing Panzerlied and other marching songs by the Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen as part of new efforts at denazification.