cafe J Phillipe2aab.jpg

My Story

Beginning as a collector at the age of eight, with a passion for learning the history of WWII & the D-Day Landings, in which my Grandfather served & survived, it was only a matter of time before I became involved with historical interpretation, re-enactment.


Now with almost 20 years experience in WWII Historical Interpretation, Re-enactment & teaching, after spending the first seven years as a battle re-enactor, choreographer & technical advisor, using live weapons, blank ammunition (Firearms trained) and pyrotechnics, dedicate my time to studying this important time in history and attend events depicting 326 Airborne Engineers, or my Grandfather, Cpl, Royal Engineers, wearing original uniforms & equipment whilst teaching or advising.


With the extensive study of period film and photographs, use special effects on reproduction combat uniforms, (originals too valuable) to create the appearance of used, dirty and battle worn kit. This aids to demonstrate the real hardships of a US Paratrooper & British Soldier in combat conditions.


Continuously taking time to read original wartime military training manuals, study the terminology, skills, correct military etiquette and dress-code of the period, and aim to demonstrate the look of the U.S Paratrooper and British Soldier that landed on D-Day, and by "looking the part," hope to show a sense of realism that is often lost by modern re-enactment & demonstration.


Respected as a Progressive Re-enactor Interpreter as well as WWII Historian & technical advisor, guided by a code of standards, (NO Alcohol, Strict Dress Code, etc.) that are essential for that extra degree of realism, but more importantly, as a mark of respect and appreciation for those that served and the many who gave their lives.