The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan, about 27 kilometres north east of Vung Tàu, South Vietnam. The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR), part of the 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF), encountered 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, despite being heavily outnumbered, fought off a large Viet Cong assault of regimental strength. Eighteen Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while at least 245 Viet Cong were killed. It was a decisive Australian victory and is often cited as an example of the importance of combining and coordinating infantry, artillery, armour and military aviation. The battle had considerable tactical implications as well, being significant in allowing the Australians to gain dominance over Phuc Tuy province, and although there were a number of other large-scale encounters in later years, 1 ATF was not fundamentally challenged again.
This year (2016) is the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. The new 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.
Please Note: All content on this website (including the YouTube video) remains the property of the respective copyright holders. The song may not be used for any commercial purposes whatsoever. Peter Barnes holds copyright for 'Can you hear Australia's heroes marching?'. Any commercial use of the song without the author's consent will be in violation of copyright. Disclaimer: Information on this website comes from sources like Wikipedia, that can be considered to be reliable, however, we take no responsibility and will not be held liable for any errors in the information on this website. For instance, battle and/or war casualty numbers can vary from different sources.
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