This is German, and some sources call it ‘Rommel’s Funeral March’. It may well have been played at his funeral, after he was forced to commit suicide by an increasingly unstable Hitler, but it predates the Nazi era by many, many years. Wikipedia says:

The text was written by German poet Ludwig Uhland in 1809. Its immediate inspiration was the deployment of Badener troops against the Tyrolean Rebellion. In 1825, the composer Friedrich Silcher set it to music, based on the tune of a Swiss folk song.

The words, in English, are:

I had a comrade,
You couldn’t find a better one.
The drum called to battle,
He walked by my side,
In the same pace and step.

A bullet came a-flying,
Was it aimed for me or you?
He was swept away,
He lies at my feet,
As if he were a part of me.

He reaches out for my hand,
While I was loading.
I cannot hold your hand,
Stay in eternal life
My good comrade!

I’ve included the score, below, for those who read music. I’ve scored it for brass ensemble and timpani.There are many versions of the song on YouTube, but if you want to listen to my version, click here. The sound is just synthesised, I’m afraid, but it will give you an idea of the solemn and impressive tune.


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