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A very patriotic Russian soldiers' song, recalling a love left at home, whom the soldier fights to protect.

Katyusha

translation from the Russian by Zarmvenius

Apple and pear trees bloom
Fog floats on the river
Katyusha went out onto the bank
Onto the high, commanding shore

Leaving, she started to sing a song
About a blue eagle of the steppes,
About him, whom she loved,
About him, whose letter she carried.

O, you song, song of a girl -
Fly, following the bright sun
And to the soldier on the far borders,
From Katyusha give regards.

Let him recall the simple girl;
Let him hear how she sings;
Let him protect his motherland,
But their love, Katyusha will keep.

Apple and pear trees bloom
Fog floats on the river
Katyusha went out onto the bank
Onto the high, commanding shore

A self-propelled explosive artillery rocket.

Originally Soviet made and used during the Second World War, Katyushas are typically fired from mobile launch sites, which makes it very hard to track and destroy the launchers.

Katyushas can carry incendiary, fragmentation or in theory chemical and biological warheads. They have a range of between 14000m and 20000m, but they are not particularly accurate.

Katyusha has become the generic name for this sort of short-range truck-launched missile, and countries such as Iran now produce them and suppy them to Hizbullah

Untill May 2000, Northern Israel came under regular Katyusha attack from Hizbullah in Lebanon. After the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon they stopped, but have resumed again in the Eastern Galilee and Har Dov region.

much of the facts from: http://www.clw.org/atop/atn/atn0500.pdf.

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