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Caimin | 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Today I'm sharing an interview with Caimin Phillips, a WWII and Vietnam War reenactor from Ireland.

1. Why did you choose your impression? 

I do a pathfinder in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division dropping into Normandy. I chose my impression as I had the pleasure of flying in Whiskey 7, one of the lead aircraft of the 505th on Normandy, and met Pfc Leslie Cruise who jumped out of Whiskey Seven on D-DAY.

2. Can you tell us about your reenacting gear?

I use standard issue M1936 webbing and M1942 jumpsuit, all painted or camouflaged in pathfinder style. When loading up for a battle I have the base web gear, ammunition bags and ammunition bandoliers hanging off of me. Firearms wise, I use a No.4 Lee Enfield .303 due to the fact it's nigh impossible to get semiautomatic blank fire guns here, and Lee Enfields are available and cheap.

3. What's your favorite part of reenacting? 

My favourite part of reenacting would be the people I get to meet in other groups or traders at events. Many of them are ex-Irish army and have fascinating stories to tell. My favourite is from a mate of mine who served in Lebanon in the 80s for the UN, and had to go into combat against Sherman Tanks and M3 Halftracks!

4. What group do you reenact with? 

 For WWII reenactments I'm with the Irish Military Reenactment Group (IMRG). We are always looking for new members as the hobby isn't that large over here.

5. What have you learned from reenacting?

What I've learned from reenacting is to be confident while speaking to the public and to people older or younger than me. I've formed great friendships with the lads in my group.

6. Who's your favorite WWII hero? 

My favourite WWII hero would be Pfc Leslie Cruise of the 505th PIR. He inspired me to reenact and preserve history and their stories, lest they be forgotten.

7. What advice would you give to newbie reenactors? 

My advice to new reenactors would be to listen to the lads who have been doing this for a while, and never be afraid to ask them if you should or shouldn't do something. Speak confidently to people too.


This is the fifth interview in my WWII reenactor interview series: 

If you're a WWII reenactor and would like to be featured on Taking Dictation, email me at: authoremilyannputzke@gmail.com


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