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June Tabor

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda (6:24)

"And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" is a song, written by Scottish-born singer-songwriter Eric Bogle in 1971. The song describes the futility, gruesome reality and the destruction of war, while criticising those who seek to glorify it. This is exemplified in the song by the account of a young Australian soldier on his maiming at the Battle of Gallipoli in the First World War.

In 1915, Australian and New Zealander soldiers…

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  • ~53,000 dead from 170,000 UK Australia NZ India Newfoundland France ----------------- ~56,000 dead from 150,000 Turks ------------------------------- wiki : On the morning of 25 April 1915, out of ammunition and left with nothing but bayonets to meet the attackers on the slopes leading up from the beach to the heights of Chunuk Bair, the commander of the 19th Division, Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal, issued his most famous order to the 57th Infantry Regiment: ~~~ "I do not order you to fight, I order you to die. In the time which passes until we die, other troops and commanders can come forward and take our places." ~~~ Every man of the Ottoman 57th Infantry Regiment was either killed in action or wounded and, as a sign of respect, there is no 57th Regiment in the modern Turkish army.
  • great synopsis--also a good movie"gallipoli" with mel gibson on the same subject.
  • In 1915, Australian and New Zealander soldiers formed part of an Allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula, according to a plan by Winston Churchill to open the way to the Black Sea. The objective was to capture Constantinople which was an ally of Germany during the war. The ANZAC force landed at Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Army commanded by Mustafa Kemal (later known as Atatürk). What had been planned as a bold strike to knock the Ottomans out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915, the Allied forces were evacuated after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. The Allied casualties included 8,709 from Australia and 2,721 from New Zealand. The Battle of Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians and New Zealanders at home and 25 April quickly became the day on which they remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in war.
  • Never heard it before, made me cry. What a sad beautiful song.
  • great song good version but eric bogle does it best.......very moving
  • never fails to make you sit still and listen...and many weep.
  • So haunting. What a brilliant version.
  • still the best version
  • I agree. I think this version is too "pretty". It doesn't seem right...
  • gallipoli

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