The biggest reenactment battle of the Estonian War of Independence 100 programme took place in TapaPublished: 13.01.2019

On 9 January, 100 years passed from the liberation of Tapa in the War of Independence. The victorious liberation battle was remembered with a demonstration battle at Männikumäe with the participation of armoured train No. 7 Wabadus. In 2019, the Estonia 100 programme is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence.

Photo: Aron Urb / Estonia 100

'Today, a hundred years ago, the Estonian army liberated Tapa from the enemy. One of the biggest reenactment battles took place near Tapa, to remember this', said Indrek Jurtšenko, the cultural specialist at Tapa Municipality.

‘Over two hundred people took part in the battle, a thousand people participated altogether, including spectators and backup assistance.’

At 1 p.m., a memorial service took place at the old cemetery in Tapa, from where they moved on to a service at a new cemetery. A wreath was also placed at the memorial plaque of the War of Independence on the platform of the railway station.

Gallery of the reenactment battle captured by Aron Urb/ Estonia100.

Support Command of the Estonian Defence Forces conscript music collective performed at the concert held in the Tapa Railway Station.

On 10 January, the armoured train exhibition at Tapa Railway Station is open for schools and children from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for all visitors from 3 to 5 p.m. An exhibition introducing the history of the War of Independence was put together by the Estonian War Museum.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the War of Independence, in 2019, a series of events called ‘Wabaduse teekond’ will take place. In addition to folk hikes there are several demonstration battles, commemorative ceremonies, and armoured train No. 7, called ‘Wabadus’ will be travelling around Estonia. 

The Estonia 100 jubilee festivities will continue until 2 February 2020, when 100 years have passed since the Tartu Peace Treaty. In 2019, the events will be focusing on the 100th anniversary of the Estonian War of Independence. 

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