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Coming up this week October 13th on Point of the Spear

Join me on Point of the Spear this week for a conversation with author, secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole. His career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deep­water Horizon oil spill.


On the episode we discuss his latest book, The Bronze Lie . which explores the Spartans' arms and armor, tactics and strategy, the personalities of commanders and the common soldiery alike. The book looks at the major battles, with a special focus on previously under-publicized Spartan reverses that have been left largely unexamined. The result is a refreshingly honest and accurate account of Spartan warfare.

Monday
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Video Promo for Guests Coming to Point of the Spear in Novermber


Join me in November on Point of the Spear when I welcome several great guests including The Last Viking author Don Hollway, Sixth of June filmmaker Rylan Soref, Vietnam Vet Colonel Keith Nightingale, and more. Watch the promo below.










Friday
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October Point of the Spear Podcast Schedule Announced

OCTOBER 6th



Robert Laplander


"Robert Laplander has written one of the finest narratives of a military unit in battle that I have had the pleasure to come across. His knowledge of not only what went on in the Pocket, but of the topography and personalities brings a depth that is rarely encountered. From a literary standpoint the book is wonderful as well... Continuity is always maintained, and all points well cited; the research going into this book was very in-depth and varied in types of material. Finding the Lost Battalion is a brilliant piece of historical digging (and) I highly recommend this book."

Thomas Hoff, author of: Doughboy: 1916-1919






OCTOBER 13TH


Myke Cole


As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deep­water Horizon oil spill.


The Bronze Lie explores the Spartans' arms and armor, tactics and strategy, the personalities of commanders and the common soldiery alike. It looks at the major battles, with a special focus on previously under-publicized Spartan reverses that have been left largely unexamined. The result is a refreshingly honest and accurate account of Spartan warfare.







OCTOBER 20TH


Patrick Bishop


Patrick Bishop spent twenty-five years as a foreign correspondent covering conflicts around the world. He is the author of two hugely acclaimed books about the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys. His other books include Wings, a history of the RAF; and Air Force Blue, which celebrated 100 years of the RAF and was a Sunday Times (UK) bestseller.

Using first-hand testimony and highlighting recently declassified source material from archives across several countries, bestselling author Patrick Bishop's account of this doomed endeavor reveals the big picture and unearths telling details that fully bring Operation Jubilee to life for the first time.





OCTOBER 27TH


Prit Butar


Prit Buttar is a retired doctor who has written extensively on the Eastern Front in both World Wars. His books have been translated into Polish, Lithuanian, Estonian, Finnish, Italian, Hungarian, and Chinese. He is a keen wildlife and astro-photographer and lives with his wife in SW Scotland.


Prit Buttar retraces the ebb and flow of the various battles and campaigns fought throughout the Ukraine and Romania in 1944. January and February saw Army Group South encircled in the Korsun Pocket. Although many of the encircled troops did escape, in part due to Soviet intelligence and command failures, the Red Army would endeavour to not make the same mistakes again. Indeed, in the coming months the Red Army would demonstrate an ability to learn and improve, reinventing itself as a war-winning machine, demonstrated clearly in its success in the Iasi-Kishinev operation.


Monday
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This Week on Point of the Spear, Sept 22nd Allen Guelzo, Robert E. Lee: A Life


Coming up this week on Point of the Spear the first part of a two-part interview with Dr. Allen Guelzo. On the podcast episode, Allen and I discuss his forthcoming book, Robert E. Lee: A Life (Knopf) which is releasing on September 28, 2021. The book is already receiving widespread praise.


"Deeply researched and elegantly written, this nuanced portrait captures Lee's ambiguous place in American history."  

—Publisher Weekly


"Allen C. Guelzo has written exactly what the nation urgently needs right now--an example of mature thinking about complex, flawed people who took difficult actions in contexts, not of their making or choosing. In today's blizzard of facile, overheated, and grandstanding judgments about the past, this unsentimental biography illustrates the intellectual responsibility that the present owes to the past."

—George F. Will

This Wednesday Sept 15th on Point of the Spear, Don Milne Founder of Stories Behind the Stars

This week on Point of the Spear I speak with Don Milne the founder of the nonprofit initiative Stories Behind the Stars. A lifelong history buff, he started a blog after the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 2016 to honor individual and mostly forgotten World War II fallen by writing short obituaries about them. Over the next four years, his WW2 Fallen 100 blog resulted in more than 1,200 stories and was read more than 1.5 million times. More than 1,300 people involved in the Stories Behind the Stars project have written nearly 10,000 accounts, including every story of the fallen from one state (Utah) and stories about every D-Day soldier lost on the first day at Normandy

Monday
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Immortal Valor Book Trailer Released

Now that the book cover for my forthcoming book, Immortal Valor, has been finalized, we can now release the book trailer, which was finished last month. I hope you enjoy it and if you are so inclined share the link on your social media outlets. The book publishes in January.











Tuesday
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Bob Welch Author of Saving My Enemy on Point of the Spear this Week September 1st

I hope you'll join me this coming week on Wednesday September 1st, for Point of the Spear with Robert Child, when my guest will be author Bob Welch. Bob is the author of Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from World War II's "Band of Brothers." 

His latest book is Saving My Enemy: How Two WWII Soldiers Fought Against Each Other and Later Forged a Friendship That Saved Their Lives. Don Malarkey grew up scrappy and happy in Astoria, Oregon—jumping off roofs, playing pranks, a free-range American. Fritz Engelbert's German boyhood couldn't have been more different. Regimented and indoctrinated by the Hitler Youth, he was introspective and a loner. Both men fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the horrific climax of World War II in Europe. A paratrooper in the U.S. Army, Malarkey served a longer continuous stretch on the bloody front lines than any man in Easy Company. Though he never killed an enemy soldier, Engelbert spent decades wracked by guilt over his participation in the Nazi war effort. On the sixtieth anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, these two survivors met. Malarkey was a celebrity featured in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, while Engelbert had passed the years in the obscurity of a remote German village. But both men were still scarred— haunted—by nightmares of war. And finally, after they met, they were able to save each other's lives.





Sunday
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Author and Major General Mari K. Eder, The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line, on Point of the Spear this week August 25th

I hope you'll join me this coming week on Wednesday, August 25th, for Point of the Spear with Robert Child, when my guest will be author and retired U.S. Army Major General Mari K. Eder. She has authored an outstanding new book, The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line, which takes you inside the lives and experiences of 15 unknown women heroes from the Greatest Generation. These women served, fought, struggled, and made things happen during WWII—in and out of uniform. Theirs is a legacy destined to embolden generations of women to come.

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Jared Frederick Coauthor Hang Tough on Point of the Spear Podcast Saturday August 21st


I hope you'll join me this weekend on Saturday, August 21st, for Point of the Spear with Robert Child, when my guest will be author Jared Frederick.


His latest book is Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters, which he co-authored with Erik Dorr. Beneath this marble image of a reserved officer is the story of a common Pennsylvanian tested by the daily trials and tribulations of military duty. Dick Winters wartime correspondence with a pen pal and naval reservist, DeEtta Almon, paints an endearing portrait of life on both the home front and battlefront—capturing the humor, horror, and humility that defined a generation.  


Thursday
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