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PostPosted: 14 Oct 2010, 11:30 
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It's that time again :D

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This is going to be, as always, AWESOME !!!

MANY pictures to follow :smt023

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PostPosted: 19 Oct 2010, 23:04 
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The Cape Military Tattoo 2010, had its media launch this evening.

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What is a Tattoo and where did it start?

The modern Tattoo is best described as a kaleidoscope of movement, music and surprises, ideally comprising a series of short, fast moving acts (musical and non-musical).

The word "tattoo" is derived from the centuries-old military ritual that originated in the Low Countries during the 80 Years' War in the 16th and 17th Centuries, when patrols would be sent out near nightfall to alert off-duty soldiers in the taverns that it was time to return to their barracks. At each tavern the tavern-keeper would be instructed: "Doe den tap toe!" which meant "close the taps on your beer-barrels". All the armies fighting in the Low Countries of Europe adopted this practice, and as the centuries passed, the nightly ritual turned into a unique display of military show business.


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This must be the most amazing venue in the world !!!

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Upon arrival, the guests enjoyed a glass of port ... or two .. Here are Sergeant Major Boltman, Capt. Morom & Colonel De Haan.

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Afterwards a preview was given by some of the acts taking part in the tattoo. The SAPS mounted unit.

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SA Army Band Cape Town.

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Jurg Zimmerman, from the Cannon Association of SA, fires one of the muzzle loaders.

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The Cape Field Artillery Band. There is no sound like the pipes & drums echoing around the Castle walls .. goosebumps :D

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Major Coetzee (2IC) & Colonel De Haan (OC) from the Cape Field Artillery.

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The Chairman of the Tattoo Committee, Colonel Conradie.

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Guests were treated to snacks & drinks in the Bakhuis, with the Dolphin pool being amazingly lit for the occasion.

Full press document here:
http://www.groundshout.co.za/misc/2010_tattoo_media/PRESS%20RELEASE%202010.doc

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I wish that I could have made it - certainly looking forward to more photos though!

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Yeah, great photos. =D>


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Very informative photos, Kremlin could you please if possible take some close ups of the Drum Majors uniform and insignia and others if possible.

Then why do some units wear the lanyard on the left and others on the right shoulder.

Sgt Maj Boltman right shoulder
Col Conradie left shoulder (looks like a Signals colour lanyard)
CFA band right shoulder but the chap with peak cap has his on left shoulder.


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PostPosted: 20 Oct 2010, 10:58 
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Thanks guys :D

W407594F, hopefully this clears it up .. it seems only the gunners wear the lanyard on the right shoulder. Sgt Maj Boltman is artillery, The CFA band is also artillery. Col Conradie is infantry, and his lanyard, if I recall correctly is green. I will get some more detailed uniform shots for you, when the rehearsals start on the 29th. :D

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LANYARDS ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER

"Why do Gunners wear lanyards on the right shoulder and not on the left?". They did wear lanyards on the left shoulder, with jack-knife on the end and housed in the top shoulder pocket, as did all mounted corps and regiments until a few years after the end of the Great War of 1914-1918. The Depot Royal Artillery was formed at Woolwich in the early 1920's for the training of recruits, done till then in other smaller depots. In command of the Depot RA was Major General Geoffrey White, an individualist with strong ideas on turn-out and smartness based on practical reasoning. He saw that recruits unskilled in rifle drill were apt, when ordering arms from slope, to disarrange the lanyard as the rifle passed down the left shoulder. It also shifted the bandolier. So in 1924 he ordered lanyard and bandolier to be worn over the right shoulder. Gunners as a whole adopted the lanyard change, and on the right it has since remained; but bandoliers had to be altered by the saddler if so to be worn. This change was not adopted. Why was the left shoulder originally favoured for the wearing of such accoutrements? Probably so that the sword arm should be free from the encumbrance of lanyards, cap-lines, etc. and freer to salute with the hand. CFA's original colours were scarlet and blue and hence they wear a lanyard of such colours, whilst NFA wear red and blue and THA wear a white lanyard. One or two other units wear blue and yellow, colours that were introduced into the Corps in the 1960's and have since, generally, disappeared. 7 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, however, wear a turquoise and scarlet lanyard.

http://www.rfc.org.za/Associations/GunnersAssociation/GeneralArticles/tabid/111/Default.aspx

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PostPosted: 28 Oct 2010, 23:56 
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The Tattoo is really getting into full swing now ... :D Here's some pictures of the Castle being prepared for the opening performance on the 3rd November. Photos courtesy of Major Coetzee (CFA) & Corporal Wessels (DRPOWC).

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This is how it should be done :mrgreen:

http://sorisomail.com/email/16993/exibi ... divel.html


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Paul wrote:
=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> WOW WOW WOW That is an absolutely amazing display =D> =D> =D>

Thanks for sharing the link :smt023

Our Cape Town Military Tattoo had it's final performance tonight, & I am utterly exhausted after 9 straight days of photo taking ... now to edit & get them online :D

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So, what's taking you so long? :twisted:


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Dean wrote:
So, what's taking you so long? :twisted:
84Gb's & 15,000 photos :shock: :shock:

I'm getting there :D

I'll be adding the photos in a chronological sequence, as per the actual Tattoo performance. Additional info is as it appeared in the Tattoo program. (Faithfully re-typed by Mrs Kremlin)

Whilst the patrons to the Tattoo were arriving & being ushered to their seats, the band of the Dukes & the drill team of the Sea Cadets, put on some pre-show entertainment.

THE BAND OF THE CAPE TOWN RIFLES (DUKES)
The Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) is the oldest Cape infantry regiment and the second-oldest in the South African Army. It was established in 1855 and has been fighting South Africa’s wars ever since. It served in local campaigns, originally both on foot and on horseback throughout the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, and sent many men tot France and East African during World War I. When World War II broke out it was one of the first infantry battalions to depart for the crucial Abyssinian Campaign, after which it went on to fight in the Western Desert.

The Dukes band has been part of the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) for 155 years. They were formed a few months after the Regiment itself was established and their first performance was in 1856. This took place on the Grand Parade in Cape Town, at which the Governor of the Cape, Sir George Grey, inspected them.

The Dukes band is the oldest surviving military band not only in South African, but also in the whole of Africa. The Director of Music is Captain L. Taylor.


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SOUTH AFRICAN NAVY SEA CADETS
The South African Navy Sea Cadets is a registered 21 Section company. It is recognized by the South African National Defence Force and the South African navy assists in training of the Cadets. The first training Unit, referred to as a Training Ship, was established in Cape Town on 8 June 1905 on Woodstock Beach. The Training Ship offers character development and maritime skills training to the boys and girls.

The group is specially selected to participate in the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010 to do this difficult continuation drill performance. These Cadets attend school most of the day and only have Saturdays to train. The training does not only consist of basic discipline and drill but also includes seamanship, navigation, engineering, communication, catering and leadership to better equip them to meet the challenges of life.

They act without fear or favour in all their activities and uphold the values of honest, loyalty, morality, respect, obedience, co-operation, conservation and unselfishness in all its dealings.


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The Sea Cadets, every evening, also formed the guard of honour for visiting dignitaries. The VIP's for the final performance on Saturday evening, was the Minister of Defence Ms Lindiwe Sisulu & the Chief of the Army Lieutenant General Solly Zacharia Shoke and the Chief of Defence reserves, Major General Roy Andersen.
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=D> :smt023


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After the VIP's were seated at 8pm, the old bell on the Simon van der Stel gate was rung 8 times. The bell dates from 1697. (That is 313 years old!) When the bell tolled eight the darkened arena suddenly exploded with the sound of cannon fire from two muzzle loading cannons. These cannons being positioned on either side of the Kat balcony, and were fired by members of the Cannon Association of South Africa.

THE CANNON ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
The Cannon Association of South Africa (CAOSA) might be small, but it makes its voice heard frequently, to the accompaniment of long muzzle-flashes and clouds of gun smoke. Its members are not only serious researchers who have logged the existence of more than 900 muzzle-loading cannons in South Africa but they also like to fire them. The CAOSA members and their guns – most of them well over a century old, with one or two detailed modern replicas – are in great demand by an astounding variety of organizations to fire salutes on momentous occasions. Among their regular venues is the Chavonnes Cannon Battery Museum at the Waterfront, where the CAOSA gunners frequently turn out to fire a noon gun … or several noon guns …. On Sundays, when the official one at Lion Battery, on Signal Hill, is silent.

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A member of the Castle Guard rings the 313 year old bell.

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With everybody's ears still ringing from the sound of the cannons, the doors to the Kat balcony were opened & out marched the trumpeters for the fanfare.

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This was followed by the Limited Edition Drum Corps with an outstanding display of drumming.

LIMITED EDITION DRUM CORPS
The Limited Edition Drum Corps originated from the Nurul Mubeen Children Brigade that was established in 1988. The drummers are from Manenberg and participated in a number of competitions locally. The youngest drummer, affectionately known as Smiley, 15 years of age, is also a drummer in the Cape Town Highlanders Drums and Pipes and together with some of the other members recently participated in the Basil Tattoo, Switzerland.

The drummers are all volunteers and rehearse in their own time after school 2 or 3 times a week. Some of their most recent performances were done at the Cape Town Fashion Show at the CTICC, they performed with Prime Circle, SA Rock Band at Kirstenbosch and during the FIFA World cup performed at the Fan Park and Fan Walks and came third in South Africa has got talent.


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With the command from the guard commander of "close the gates", the castle is locked up for the evening. Thereafter the guard commander hands over the castle key to the guard captain.

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The key to a 344 year old building.

THE CASTLE GUARD
The Castle Guard formed in 1986 to provide the Castle of Good Hope with its own ceremonial element. Originally a 48-man unit, its size has varied greatly in subsequent years, but the guardsmen in their unique traditionally-based uniform and replica 18th Century halberds – as far as is known, the Castle Guard is the only unit in the world except the Vatican Guard to parade regularly with these fearsome weapons – have become a well-known sight.

At 10am and noon on every weekday morning, the Castle Guardsmen formally open the Castle for visitors by carrying out the “Key Ceremony”, a ritual closely based on the actual early-morning drills of 300 years ago. The Castle Guard is manned by various units – at the 2010 Cape Town Military Tattoo, its soldiers will be provided by the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes).


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The guard captain standing on the Kat balcony, awaits the castle key.

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With the castle secure for the night, some returning hunters unload their muskets by firing them. These are members of the Muzzle Loaders Association of South Africa.
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