Sabaton frontman Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström had previously appeared on episodes of Indy Neidell and TimeGhost's other channels to discuss the history behind the band's many songs about the world wars. Beginning in January 2019, the band started a collaboration with TimeGhost to produce a weekly series of videos focused on their music and the history behind it. Each video starts with a play-by-play of a given song's topic, followed by a "producer segment" delving into the writing process for the song and and trivia about it. In 2020 they began branching out into related topics, such as the role of disease in warfare and the effects that the Battle of Verdun had on later French military doctrine.
The channel's Patreon subscription also offers the chance to earn autographed special editions of the band's albums (beginning with 2019's The Great War), with Indy narrating a short introduction to each song.
The channel ended its original weekly schedule with episode 101 in January 2021 due to running out of songs, but confirmed they would still be updating less often. In June 2021 they debuted a new filming set in Sabaton's recording studio in Falun, Sweden.
Tropes in the Sabaton History video series:
- Actual Pacifist: "The Ballad of Bull, Part 2" discusses Desmond Doss (of Hacksaw Ridge fame), a pacifist sent to fight in the Pacific who became the first conscientious objector ever to earn the Medal of Honor—for rescuing wounded soldiers under heavy Japanese fire despite several gunshot wounds of his own.
- Ascended Meme: The video for "The Last Stand" opens with an extended gag about the Fandom-Enraging Misconception that the song is about The Crusades (it's about the 1527 Stand of the Swiss Guard).
- An Axe to Grind: The "Blood of Bannockburn" video recounts how shortly before the battle properly started, an English knight tried to take out Robert the Bruce by jousting him, but fell to what Indy refers to as "Bruce's superior battleaxe-in-the-face tactic".
- Brief Accent Imitation: Indy briefly affects a Scottish accent while narrating the "Blood of Bannockburn" video.
- Combat Medic: The videos "The Ballad of Bull" and "The Ballad of Bull, Part 2" discuss a total of four of these: the song's topic Leslie "Bull" Allen (Australian awarded the Silver Star for rescuing American troops under Japanese fire), Desmond Doss (the first conscientious objector ever to earn the Medal of Honor), Franz Schmitz (a German Army medic), and Zinaida Mareseva (a Red Army medic killed in combat in 1943).
- Forever War: "A Lifetime of War" is about the Thirty Years' War, which for some people lasted their entire lives. The Sabaton History videos for the song (covering both English and Swedish versions) go a step further, pointing out that Sweden was continuously at war with various countries for the full century covered by the Carolus Rex album.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language:
- Guest Host: Spartacus Olsson from World War II subbed in for Indy on "Night Witches Part 2" and a few later episodes because Indy had come down with COVID-19.
- Last Stand: The band writes about these a lot. So far the channel has covered:
- "40:1", the song that put the band on the map in Poland, was the first song the channel covered. It's about the Polish Army Border Defense Regiment Sarny's doomed defense of Wizna against the Wehrmacht in 1939.
- Episode 5 covered "Last Dying Breath", about the Serbian Army's last-ditch defense of Belgrade against Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria in WWI.
- Episode 7, "Shiroyama", deals with the Satsuma Rebellion, with the last of the samurai dying in a final suicide charge at the eponymous Battle of Shiroyama.
- Episode 8, "Smoking Snakes", is about the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in the Italian Campaign, in particular the legendary doomed resistance by a Brazilian fireteam entrapped by the German Army.
- Episode 12 is "Bismarck", about the legendary 1940 voyage of KMS Bismarck, ending in her being caught and sunk by the Royal Navy.
- Mixed Ancestry: Joakim is half-Czech on his mother's side, which gets brought up in the video for "Far from the Fame".
- Oppressed Minority Veteran:
- "Inmate 4859" and "Far from the Fame" from Heroes are both about World War II war heroes from Eastern Europe who became victims of their countries' new Soviet-imposed governments after the war's end, respectively Witold Pilecki (Polish, was shot as a traitor due to his loyalty to the Western-backed Government in Exile) and Karel Janouek (Czechoslovakian, imprisoned for several years following the pro-Soviet coup).Part 3 of "Soldier of 3 Armies" similarly describes how Lauri Törni was arrested by the pro-Soviet Finnish Secret Police after fighting in the Winter War and Continuation War and charged with treason, though he was later freed.
- "A Ghost in the Trenches" from The Great War is about Francis Pegahmagabow, a man from the Canadian First Nations who enlisted to serve in World War I despite not even being legally a Canadian citizen. Pegahmagabow became the most successful sniper of the war, earning the Military Medal twice, and became an activist for indigenous peoples' rights after the war.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: The video for "Metal Crüe" covers the history of Heavy Metal music instead of military history.
- Samurai: The "Shiroyama" video discusses the code of bushido in detail, but also makes a point that the samurai did adopt modern firearms. The song itself is about Saigou Takamori's Last Stand at the end of the Satsuma Rebellion.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: The videos for "To Hell and Back", "A Ghost in the Trenches", and "The Ballad of Bull" all discuss respectively Audie Murphy, Francis Pegahmegabow, and Leslie Allen's struggles with PTSD.
- Technical Pacifist: The video for "82nd All the Way" discusses how Alvin York tried and failed to get a draft exemption based on his view that killing was against Christianity. He ultimately earned the Medal of Honor for a solo assault on several German machine gun nests during the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
- Thread of Prophecy, Severed: The video for "The Lion from the North" discusses Gustavus Adolphus claiming to be the eponymous world-altering figure from a prophecy by 16th century Swiss mystic Paracelsus, and how that prophecy went awry when King Gustaf was killed in a mishap at the Battle of Lützen in 1632.
- You Shall Not Pass!: A snippet of "Fields of Verdun" debuted on the channel: the bridge, which contains with Marshal Petain's famous (slightly misquoted) line, "Ils ne passeront pas!" in English.