4th Artillery Regiment (General Support) Wins Again at Halifax Tattoo

Article / July 24, 2017 / Project number: 17-07-24-rns

Captain Adam Barski, 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support)

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An adrenaline-filled obstacle race, featuring the Canadian Army`s 5th Canadian Division (5 Cdn Div), thrilled nearly 80,000 people during the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (RNSIT) in Halifax, which was held from June 29 to July 6, 2017.

Fourteen members from the 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support) [4 Regt (GS)] and 12 soldiers from 4 Engineer Support Regiment (4 ESR) trained for the eight-day event.

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the crowd,” said Bombardier Matthew Currie, 4 Regt (GS). “Every show was pretty much sold out, so it was real easy for me and the team to get fired up. If you couldn’t get pumped from the crowd cheering you on, well, you’re not human. The fans are what made the show.”

Four teams with eight members each participated in the race. Artillery soldiers and Engineers, Halifax Firefighters and members of the Halifax Police Department competed for the fastest time.

Amid a dazzling display of pyro techniques, two teams raced over 3.65-metre (12-foot) A-frames and walls, and through over-under trenches to earn the coveted RNSIT obstacle course trophy. 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support) won the trophy for the second year in a row. 

Other 5 Cdn Div soldiers participated in a solemn and emotional performance as a salute to soldiers who died at Vimy Ridge during the First World War. To acknowledge this 100th anniversary, members perfected their movements for the Vimy Remembrance scene with numerous hours of painstaking drill and rehearsals. Soldiers dressed in period First World War uniforms and carried the Union Jack or the Canadian Ensign.

Some soldiers wore authentic uniforms from the First World War. Bombadier Shelton Kohorst, 4 Regt (GS), found the experience moving, “As a flag bearer for the Vimy memorial, it was an honourable experience to be a part of. It was a wonderful, yet humbling, feeling wearing the uniform of our forefathers.”

The 2017 Tattoo was packed with spectacular presentations and included civilian and military performers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Russia. It was a rewarding experience for 5 Cdn Div soldiers who networked with people from around the world.

The Tattoo derives its name from a 17th century Dutch saying doe den tap toe (Turn off the Tap!) Played at dusk by drummers or trumpeters, the marching tune instructs bar keepers to cease serving beer and orders all soldiers to return to their barracks.

The word has evolved to mean a military drill spectacle set to marching music and is performed by many different countries around the world.

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