Military Customs and Traditions / Militêre gewoontes en tradisies.

  • Editorial Team Militaria Die gegewens mbt die voorafgaande vier Nasionale Gedenkwaardighede is verkry van die Transvaalse Streekskomitee van die Raad van Nasionale Gedenkwaardighede.
Keywords: 'tap toe', military funerals, The Last Tattoo, Durban Military Tattoo, Die Seremoniële koker en geskrif, The origin and significance of colours

Abstract

Tattoo According to Boatner, the word probably originated among British troops in Holland during the Thirty Years War (1618 - 1648) or during the wars of King William III during the 1690's.The word is derived from the Dutch 'tap' (tap or faucet) and 'toe' (to or off). When the time came for the soldiers to leave the taverns and return to their billets, the Officer of the Day, with a sergeant and drummer beat his way through the streets. This was the signal for the Dutch tavern keepers to 'Doe den tap toe' or turn off the taps.
Published
2012-02-28
How to Cite
Militaria, E. T. (2012). Military Customs and Traditions / Militêre gewoontes en tradisies. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 11(4). https://doi.org/10.5787/11-4-681
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