This song was originally written in Germany in 1949 as "Auf wiedersehen, auf wiedersehen." Whilst on holiday in Switzerland, the popular British war time singer Vera Lynn came across the tune being sung in the beer parlours. She decided to record an English version and the resulting record captured the hearts of those who remembered the war years selling 12 million copies worldwide. In American it topped the singles charts, the first record by a foreign artist to do so.
Dame Vera recorded the song with the Soldiers & Airmen of HM Forces and the Johnny Johnston Singers. The Johnny Johnston Singers were an offshoot of The Johnston Brothers who had an UK #1 with "Hernando's Hideaway" in 1955.
This song appeared in the very first UK singles chart, dated 14th November 1952.