World's Strangest National Anthems
The “Tien Quân Ca (Song of Advancing Soldiers)” is more of a battle cry than a national anthem, complete with seven unnecessary exclamation marks. It was created by composer Văn Cao at the end of World War II when, for the first time in almost a century, Vietnam achieved independence from Western rule. Sadly, the country’s peace and prosperity were short-lived.
For too long have
we swallowed our hatred.
Be ready for all sacrifices and life will be radiant.
Ceaselessly for the People’s cause, let us struggle,
Let us hasten to the battlefield!
Onward! All together advancing!