Hate to be a pedant but Wagner died 3 years before Eric Coates was born so how could Walkürenritt pre-date The Dambusters March which was penned in 1954? BTW Coates didn't write the march for the film, he was working on Elgarian themes and had completed the march a few days prior to the producers of the film approaching him to write the score. He turned that commission down but did provide the signature theme.Almost as important as the film is the theme tune , how are they ever going to top the original ? ..... several generations of kids running round arms outstretched being "lancs" to that music .
Dug out a Greatest War Themes CD tonight while working in the shed and had it on full volume .... some absolute classics .... the only modern one that comes close for me is The Ride Of The Valkyries .