Every year there are in Den Helder a grand three-day gala, the Assaut, place for the training of officers in the Royal Naval Institute. Besides fairies and trolls, the Introduces the cadets, soldiers in training, there is no place here for people. The terminology does as an anachronistic tale but for the present elite officer is reality. And as it always was, an annual highlight. On the Internet, there is relatively little information available on the event and that while it Assaut is just as well suited for. The military elite corps indeed paid much attention to annual theme ?? s that are built in large sets. In 2010 there was still a real fairies train in Den Helder, met by cadets in uniform, ready to march through the city. The lack of information is quite an achievement in this internet age. The question is whether consciously a smoke screen clears.
Assaut is a word that its composite origin in the Latin ad means ?? to ?? saltare ?? and ?? jump. Toespringen so. The strange word ?? ?? assaut is included in the Dutch language and borrowed from French. It dates from the 13th century. It literally means ?? ?? assault. A later translation reads ?? demonstration or competition in fencing ??. The final transfer is ?? ball from the midshipmen ??. In the last conversion are two interesting words which should also be examined, namely ?? ball ?? and ?? ?? midshipman. Bal ?? ?? is also a dated word, it dates from 1643 and represents major dance party ?? ??. That would be a different party than the currently used gala, which allows a posh party is meant where it appears in gala attire. Before the midshipman is introduced later, are now following details on the origin of the ball or gala but at least the Assaut.
On the last day of the gala, to thank the party, the noble men and women ?? may bring their dates, provided that they meet the dress etiquette. These guys are called fairies and trolls. A fee is in addition to a graceful Celtic deity also a beautiful woman. The troll is next to the Nordic mythological spirit, also a civil person. Because of the vrouwenemancipatie- and participation at the elite officers corps in the late 70s, the term was fairy ?? ?? if female guest no longer effective. The elected term for the male date, the troll ?? ?? is as jolly as clear. Above Earth beings only, there are in addition to the male and female noblemen so their beautiful women and male citizens present at the party. Anachronisms and mythologies rampant among both the elite and in the Assaut.
Alike many student there is a strong hierarchy in the organizational structure of the Corps Reefers. In short, there is an elected executive committee that the Senate is called. To draw the parallel face the future officers with hazing, a society, a flag, an anthem, a yearbook and sports and leisure clubs. And like many conservative ingestelde- and old students associations also has this union of naval officers with little external pottenijkers. To reassure the environment in advance and to mitigate any nuisance, the organization through local press and gives sometimes through a tour for local residents a limited insight into the preparations. During the party keep the gate closed to the fleet.
Another YouTube video shows some preparations for the party. At the backdrop of the ball will be given careful consideration, read the explanation of the Ministry. Each year a new theme is chosen.
That was in 2010, the Trans-Siberian Express. A special edition of the festival, as the fairies train moved again. In the olden days it was customary for the fairies to Den Helder were transported by the fairy train. Because the theme was this playful transport, although once, again created. With onboard fairies.
The educational, creative and organizational purposes, listed by defense, despite it is a party where a lot of alcohol is consumed. Participants are even urged to consume alcohol in moderation. A glance at the program teaches that the three real holidays, say evenings and nights ??, continue into the early hours. Evident is the outcome and the sum of the group consisting of young midshipmen or squires, fairies and trolls plus an excess of alcohol: a very earthy party relating to this zeitgeist. Like similar student organizations.
However, the knowledge that a group of young people in a special guest and alcoholic ambiance, no sense of time celebrates feast, the proverbial curtain gets down. What remains is a theme party. Sometimes successful, sometimes less. Sometimes with nuisance and sometimes not. Many old but little new under the sun.
The secret of the midshipmen: The Assaut