The Battle of Long Tan (the 18th of August 1966) was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, South Vietnam.
The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), confronted the Viet Cong 275th Regiment and elements of the D445 Local Forces Battalion. D Company was supported by other Australian units, as well as New Zealand and United States artillery.
During the battle D Company 6 RAR, being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large Viet Cong assault of regimental strength.
18 Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while around 245 Viet Cong were killed. It was a decisive Australian victory.
In the years since it is thought the battle has achieved similar symbolic significance for the Australian military in the Vietnam War, as battles such as the Gallipoli Campaign have for WW1, the Kokoda Track Campaign for WW2 and the Battle of Kapyong for the Korean War.
The video on this web page honours the memory of those that died in that battle and includes the lyrics and spoken words of the song ‘Can you hear Australia’s heroes marching?’
Music and song used in Australia on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day – ‘Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching?’ is a national war memorial song and a tribute to the ANZAC spirit of mateship, courage and sacrifice.
The song was recorded March 2001.
Over 100,000 Australians have lost their lives in the service and defence of our country. Along with their mates, they’re marching once again, in the towns and cities, across our great land.
At this very special time in Australia, with the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli, which was on the 25th April, 2015, and the ANZAC Centenary 2014 – 2018, the author of the song has made the original version of the song (2001) available for free and can be downloaded at the song’s official website download page HERE
At the same download page you can buy sheet music, backing track and USB’s. Sheet music includes, full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.
Download the lyrics to the song HERE
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