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Rusty Balls Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 6:59 p.m. PST

Setting: The battle line has halted. Your regiment dresses the line while the tall grass rustles against your gaiters as it gently sways to the wind. Your heart is pounding and your pulse throbs. Across the field, the enemy waits silently. Your officer issue the commands to fix bayonets. As you go through the motions your nervous fingers fumble with the bayonet. Sweat rolls down your face, stinging your eyes. You realize it is now perfectly quite. The regiment is called to attention and the command Forward March is echoe by the officers. The first few steps are hesitant and soundless. The band starts to play now. The music drives you on now, fearlessly. Every beat makes you more and more determined. The music conveys the full might and power of your regiment, your army and your country. You march confidently towards the enemy sure of nothing less than victory.

What song is the band playing? What one song could propel you towards what you know awaits?

Winston Smith11 Jun 2018 7:16 p.m. PST

Annie Laurie
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Winston Smith11 Jun 2018 7:22 p.m. PST

Highland Laddie
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 7:24 p.m. PST

The British Grenadier, and I say that as an American and a staunch Union supporter.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 7:32 p.m. PST

Johnnie Cope

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 7:33 p.m. PST

Up and Waur Them A', Willie
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Matsukaze11 Jun 2018 9:08 p.m. PST

British Grenadier, American Yankee Doodle, and French La victoire est nous

Custine11 Jun 2018 9:26 p.m. PST

Surely nothing can match the magnificent sang froid of the Song of the Onion YouTube link

Artilleryman12 Jun 2018 1:27 a.m. PST

'The British Grenadiers' going one way and 'La Victoire est a Nous' going the other.

Oliver Schmidt12 Jun 2018 1:35 a.m. PST

Only few pieces can beat a Scottish tune :

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leofwine 312 Jun 2018 3:44 a.m. PST

How the heck is that dirge Annie Laurie going to get people to walk into battle? Lilleburlero for me.

leofwine 312 Jun 2018 3:45 a.m. PST

Highland Laddie is a good shout though Winston.

leofwine 312 Jun 2018 3:48 a.m. PST

The minstrel boy?

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 4:14 a.m. PST
Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

Oddly enough…

One of two songs…

Depending on the attack….

"Bandmaster, with gusto! Play:

A: Dixie/Bonnie Blue Flag

B: The Battle Hymn of The Republic"


leofwine 312 Jun 2018 6:25 a.m. PST

+1 for Bonnie blue flag

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 6:26 a.m. PST

Murph's 'B' as we step off, then 'A' when the foe
begins to fire…

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 7:15 a.m. PST

La Victoire est a Nous

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Mind you granted the wealth inequality in the US maybe it would be better to learn Ca Ira:

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If we stretch things to 1871 you do get

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As an expat whose lived on four continents the BBC World Service used to use this one

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Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 7:22 a.m. PST

Since this is on the 18th Century forum, I choose the Hohenfriedberger marsch by "Great Fredie."


Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 8:58 a.m. PST

"Green Hills of Tyrol" and "Scotland the Brave." both played by massed pipes and drums. And be sure to turn the volume up!

[GHoT] YouTube link

[StB] YouTube link


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 9:52 a.m. PST

Scotland the Brave is 20th Century!
Up and Waur Them A', WIllie is the 18th Century fight song.

Earliest known version of StB is 1911, should not qualify for this poll: link

Green Hills of Tyrol squeeks in for the time frame of the poll question, 1854:

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

The Garryowen? La Marseillaise?

Mind you, for rallying the troops, I'm all for The Bonny Blue Flag, the Battle Hymn of the Republic or When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. But advancing into fire is different.

gert174612 Jun 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

At Antietam, a soldier in the 3rd Arkansas asked the colonel if he could play his fiddle while the regiment stepped off for an attack. The colonel told him he could play as long as it was a square dance tune. The fiddler played "Granny does your dog bite? Hellfire no!" as the men advanced into battle.

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Old Wolfman12 Jun 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

And that was Ben Turpin as the CSM,Oliver,with Stan and Ollie.

marshalGreg12 Jun 2018 12:33 p.m. PST

March song in Bonnie Scotland
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jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

Bonnie Dundee ….Erika….LeBoudin…..

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 1:14 p.m. PST

Because it's almost on topic--sort of--anyone know the regimental march of the Ross-shire Buffs/78th?

seneffe12 Jun 2018 2:30 p.m. PST

Another vote for the Hohenfriedberger Marsch.

When my little lad was three years old, I played it by accident when looking for a kiddie's track on my ipad. He was entranced by it it and asked what it was. I told him that it was music about 'soldiers on horseback'. That was years ago, but he still occasionally mentions the soldiers on horseback tune. Sadly he's been more interested in minecraft than wargaming but he does seem to like 'what a tanker' so we'll see….

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Apart from that, it's a really pretty good piece of music- especially if the great man did compose it.

Old Peculiar12 Jun 2018 3:10 p.m. PST

Ca ira!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 6:56 p.m. PST

La Marsaillaise!

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davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 10:40 p.m. PST

I can't think of anything more rousing than La Marsaillaise. I mean they even sing it during terrorist attacks.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 10:57 p.m. PST

1700 – 1865? No music covers that many periods. I play music at all my games at home. But I have loads of military music CDs for each period. My AWI music is different from my ACW music. Lets narrow this down.

Green Tiger13 Jun 2018 1:56 a.m. PST

Lillibulero, Hohenfriedberger Marsch, The Consular Guard one or the Dessauer… actually the British Grenadiers is pretty good as well an din use from 'who knows when' to the present day…

holdit13 Jun 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

La Victoire est a Nous

HappyHiker13 Jun 2018 3:56 a.m. PST

Eye of the Tiger and Dont Fear the Reaper are out right ?

Arcane Steve Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 4:18 a.m. PST

Now you've done it HappyHiker…if we are talking modern, it's got to be Tenpole Tudor and Swords of a Thousand men!

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42flanker Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 6:28 a.m. PST

Cogadh no sith

'War or peace war or peace
Alike to me alike to me
I will be killed in the war
Or hanged in the peace'

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42flanker Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 6:38 a.m. PST

Then there is this- Pibroch of Donald dubh, a souped-up version of Battle of Inverlochy, the original of which accompanied the 42nd out of Brussels to Quatre Bras on June 16th, 1815.

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Katzbalger13 Jun 2018 5:24 p.m. PST

Since the Marine Hymn isn't in the running…Though I like British Grenadier, La Marsaillaise, and even Dixie (and though I live in the South), it would have to be "Battlecry of Freedom."

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Ryan T Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 6:34 p.m. PST

Although it falls outside of the given dates, the Spanish Legion's El Novio de la Muerte (The Bridegroom of Death) is a seriously inspirational marching song.

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Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2018 1:57 p.m. PST

So many good choices to march to the sound of the guns. personally Bagpipes always get me going as do most Prussian marches, and the those from the first French Empire. But here is one more from Austria the Radetsky March (foot stomping Classical).

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There are also several good ACW songs. really all good music to march my plastic armies to, and many that I have stood on parade and marched to myself (although not into gunfire with the band playing)

AICUSV14 Jun 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

"Yankee Doodle", it's pretty good for marching to and just thing to fight on.

Nine pound round14 Jun 2018 2:17 p.m. PST

Wrong era, but "Sambre eat Meuse" (which was a staple on the Hell Cats' repertoire, for some reason) used to send chills down my spine. I think Offenbach may have written it; anyway, it seemed like the concentrated essence of the furia francese in musical form. An echo of a different time and a different view of the world, when glory was a wholly unironic word.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 2:11 a.m. PST

43 posts and no shout out for "Donald where's yer troosers"?

Osage201715 Jun 2018 12:33 p.m. PST

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Nazi SS "Marschiert in Feindesland" with English Lyrics

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 1:21 p.m. PST

Too soon?

capncarp20 Jun 2018 10:45 a.m. PST

Perhaps not going into battle, but heading back to camp, tired, hot, sweaty, and dragging--_anything_, even just a drum cadence, to keep those feet moving along.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2018 11:29 a.m. PST

Technically "Sambre et Meuse" is just outside, it's just post the Franco-Prussian War.

Having done long marches as a reenactor Capncarp, a drum does help at the end of the day:

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