It was composed by the Russian composer Agapkin who wrote it as a dedication to Serbian soldiers in the war of 1912-13. Maybe this is the reason for your confusion.
Such another great song : Ja proshu ...., as i knew , it was composed after WW2 , but getting famous in USSR community because of an intelligence film about late WW2 : 17 moments of Spring, the intro music of this film is also converted from this great song.
Another great Russian marching songs i wanna share here to you, especially to non-Russian people.
The most beautiful war is the resistant war for defending motherland. That´s why the Russian war songs in WW2 are so awesome ! . i think.
Victory Parade over German Fascists at Red Square, Moscow 2005
Background music: Farewell of Slavianka, March of Moscow defenders, Katyusha, Sacred war
1. Шёл ленинградский паренёк,
Был путь неровен и далёк ...
и где б ни ходил он,
Повсюду носил он
Солдатский простой котелок.
2. Мы шли, чтобы Родину спасти,
Немало нам пришлось итти ...
А встретится хата, -
И примет солдата
На трудном военном пути.
3. Мелькнет нежданный огонёк,
Дивчина выйдет на порог,
И ранней порою
Солдатский простой котелок.
4. Была та ночка не легка-
В бою убили паренька ...
А вышли из боя,
И имя героя
Прочли мы на дне котелка.
5. Блеснул долгожданный огонёк,
Пришла расплата, вышел срок.
Наполнить его котелок
Originally Posted by altus
Hi, Russian experts
I'm a Vietnamese. Back in the 70s and 80s, when I was in school, and when Vietnam and CCCP maintained close relations in almost every aspects of life, I learned many Soviet WWII era songs in their Vietnamese version. Many of them constitute a fond memory of my childhood.
Several years ago, with the marvel of the Internet, most notably Napster (RIP) , I managed to track down most of these songs in their original Russian version, and I enjoyed them anew immensely. To name a few: "Orlionok" or "Vetcher na reide".
However, there is a prominent exception. I haven't been able, during the years, to locate a song, which back then in Vietnamese was entitled "Leningrad Boy". I still can remember most of the lyrics (unfortunately only in Vietnamese) after 30 years. It went like this (rough translation from Vietnamese ):
In the City of Lenin,
there was a little boy,
wandering days and nights,
on narrow streets.
Everywhere he went,
he carried with him,
a water canteen,
like heroic Red Army soldiers.
[snip to make it short]
A girl came to meet the marching soldiers,
The morning, she went there,
Fetched this deliciously cold water,
and presented the boy with this full canteen.
Then came that night of intense fighting,
the boy valiantly sacrificed himself,
when the bombs stopped falling,
at the bottom of the canteen,
there his name was carved.
The glittering fire of hatred erupted,
The hour has come,
We swear to fight the enemy to the death,
We promise you, little boy,
That we'll bring you,
a full canteen of Berlin's water,
to your grave.
Perhaps any of you may recall what is the original Soviet song title, lyrics, place to download? I'll be immensely obliged!