Meet the Team
Welcome to our website
This was all started in 2012 with a little website and Facebook page Phil made called "Traces of War Jersey" Its only aim was to share photos and information from the WWII Occupation of Jersey. From there we have developed it in to a small business capable of funding our ongoing research, projects and most importantly the sharing of less known stories.
It is our ambition to research and share the history of the Second World War Occupation of the Channel Islands and the Normandy region. Using our tours, website and online publications we are going to share our journey of discovery with you.
thank you for visiting!
Phil and Kimberley
Phil Marett - Co-founder
Living in Jersey and being part of a very old Jersey Family, Phil was never far away from bunkers and stories from the war. Phil’s Great Grandfather served in the Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey during the First World War, and he and Phil’s Grandparents remained on the Island during the WW2 Occupation by the Germans. Phil’s father, David, inspired his interest in photography and after finishing college, he started work in the photography industry. After years of learning about cameras and film development, Phil changed direction and began working in Finance. This change did not stop his love of photography, which became more and more focused on Jersey’s Military heritage. After finding nothing online about the WWII sites in Jersey that Phil was documenting, Phil started a Facebook page and a website to share his research work, with a few friends joining and sharing. Soon this page and website grew into something much bigger, Kimberley joined the operation, and the two of them created Jersey War Tours. When not in a bunker or researching, Phil can be found spending time with his wife Sarah and their children Toby and Holly.
Kimberley Bichard - Co-founder
Kimberley’s passion for History started at a very young age. Her grandad fought in the Second World War, and she would take any opportunity to ask him questions. Like many people of that generation he was not very talkative, this only added to Kimberley’s curiosity. Kimberley studied history throughout her education, specifically focusing on WWII and Operation Overlord for her A Levels. “Growing up in Jersey you are surrounded by such a rich history you tend to take it for granted”. Kimberley was given her Grandad's war medals many years after he passed, she began to research them and reached out to Phil for a bit of extra help. Kimberley’s passion for history and specifically WWII was reignited and with this she began to help Phil with his research of Jersey specifically the Occupation of the Channel Islands and with that Jersey War Tours was born!
Traces of War Jersey eBook Edition One
Channel Islands Occupation Review, No.43 (Jersey)
Channel Islands Occupation Review, No.41 (Jersey)
Channel Islands Archive Book, Batterie Lothringen No.10 (Jersey)
The National Trust for Jersey - Activities Booklet 2015
Jersey Heritage Website - Places to Stay
BBC Countryfile - Episode “Channel Islands” May 2015
The Man Shed Website - April 2015 Showcase
States of Jersey, Economic Development Department - Locate Jersey Postcard
Saturday Telegraph 6th of February Holiday Supplement “Tour de Force”
Adge sous l’occupation allemande by David Mallen- Colourisation of Photos
Visit Jersey "Discover Jersey’s Occupation Story"
Visit Jersey "Occupation Sites in Jersey A visitor guide"
Good Times Magazine
The Occupation Detectives Edition 1
The Occupation Detectives Edition 2 Ho19 7 Ho20 Special
The Elizabeth Castle WWII Survey