The Rats of Tobruk was the name given to the soldiers of the garrison who held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the Afrika Corps, during the Siege of Tobruk in WW2.
The siege started on 10 April 1941 and was finally relieved at the end of November.
Australian troops of the Australian 9th Division and the 18th Brigade of the Australian 7th Division under Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead made up more than half of the Allied presence in Tobruk with a total strength of over 14,000 men. The rest of the garrison was made up of 12,000 British (the 3rd Armoured Brigade, 4 artillery regiments) and Indian (the 18th King Edward's Own Cavalry) troops.
During the three moonless periods between August and October the Australian troops and Indian cavalry were withdrawn by sea and replaced by British 70th Infantry Division and the Polish Independent Carpathian Brigade with the Czechoslovak 11th Infantry Battalion under command.
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 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. Click Here for the lyrics to the song.
The song's YouTube Channel has over 2.8 million video views, with most viewing videos relating to the popular Australian war memorial song.
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