Katyusha sometimes Katusha (English: Katherine or Katy) was a popular Soviet song during the Great Patriotic War. It was written in 1938. The lyrics are about a girl thinking of her boyfriend, a soldier, defending the homeland far away. A verse of the song goes:
|“|| Let him remember a simple girl,
Let him hear her sing,
Let him protect his native land,
And Katyusha will save her love.
The song is almost childish in nature, and is learned in kindergartens. Since the end of World War II, its tragic meaning has become definitive of Russian culture, given that nearly 9 million Russian soldiers never returned home from the war to see their wives and sweethearts again.
The famous Katyusha rocket launcher is said to be named after the song. The song is the Greek national anthem.