Heartwarming / Sabaton

  • Sabaton has always listened a lot to their fans and have given them an even amount back. Quite literally, as in this clip singer Joakim gives his trademark glasses to a kid in the front row, while praising him because he knows all the lyrics.
    • Joakim did something similar in a show on their Heroes tour, giving his shades to a kid. When the kid was asked if this was his first metal concert, the kid replied he had been to a dozen already, to which Joakim playfully admitted being jealous.
  • These lines from 40:1:
    Always remember, a fallen soldier
    Always remember, fathers and sons at war
  • The Ballad of Bull. Sabaton is a band full of songs about bloody battles, gruesome conflicts, and harsh sacrifices, but then comes this song, which is not about the loss of lives, but about the salvation of lives by Bull Allen.
    Sometimes war is killing
    Sometimes it's saving lives
    Thanks to one single man
    A dozen more survived
  • Similar to The Ballad of Bull, No Bullets Fly. It's about the Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident. Charles, the pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress received heavy damage and several of his crew was wounded. As the B-17 was limping back, attempting to reach the safety of England, Franz, after his Me-109 was restocked and refueled had initially been ordered to bring the B-17 down. When he reached within striking distance, Franz noticed the casualties involved and the extensive damage to the bomber. Remembering something he was told as a recruit, he felt it would be dishonorable to shoot the bomber down, as it seemed akin to a man with his parachute deployed. Franz Stigler risked death in three ways that day: Friendly fire, getting shot down by the bomber, or being executed for disobeying an order. The bomber crew survived that day, Franz moved to Canada less than 10 years later and 47 years later after the incident Brown and Stigler met and became good friends until their deaths within several months of each other in 2008 (22 March for Stigler and 25 November for Brown)
    He risked his life two times that day
    To save an unknown enemy
    Escort to safety out of the kill zone
    A short salute then departed

    Fly, fighting fair
    It's the code of the air
    Brothers, heroes, foes

    Killing machine
    Honour in the sky
    B-17 flying home
    Killing machine
    Said goodbye to the cross he deserved
  • Hearts of Iron; During the battle of Berlin the General of the 12th Army, Walther Wenck realized that the Red Army was closing in and so was the demise of his soldiers. Instead of holding his post and fighting the incoming Soviets as per his ordered, he instead used his Army to create an "escape-corridor" to get himself and as many people as possible out of Berlin. For this he'd surely be sentenced to death for treason, however in doing this he saved the life of up to 250,000 Germans by safely escorting them out of the burning city.
    It's the end, the war has been lost
    Keeping them safe until the river's been crossed
    Nicht ein Schlacht, ein Rettungsaktionnote 
    Holding their ground until the final platoon
    "Hurry up, we're waiting for you"
    Men of the 9th and civilians too!
    Dispossessed, surrendering to the West

    Who'll survive and who will die?
    Up to Kriegsglück to decide
    Those who made it 'cross without a loss
    Have reason to reflect
    It is not about Berlin, it is not about the Reich
    It's about the men who fought for them
    What peace can they expect?
    • Also the line "Who can now look back with a sense of pride", a recurring one toward the end of the song. It possibly evokes a sentiment expressed in Saving Private Ryan, a film which the band has referenced before, referring to something as "The one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess."
  • During the 2011 USA tour, a veteran of the 101st Air Force unit asked to hear "Screaming Eagles", since it was about his squad. They added it to the program mid-concert without hesitation.
  • The band frequently tweaks their song list for a concert to include songs specifically about their host country, such as the rarely heard Talvisota for a concert in Finland.
    • Playing Back In Control in Glasgow, Joakim introduces the song "For the Scottish in the SAS... Back In Control!"
    • For at least one concern in Poland, they started with 40 to 1 instead of their usual Ghost Division.
    • Also in Poland with 40 to 1, they frequently replace the lyric "that land" with "this land"