Archive for 2021
We've got some genuinely outstanding guests coming to the podcast over the next couple of months, besides the ones already announced Dr. Allen Guelzo and Ben Milligan. I wanted to provide a sneak preview of who is coming to the podcast. These guests are confirmed, but the schedule is not set in stone except for the premiere episode with Ben Milligan on August 11th.
COMING PODCAST EPISODES IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS:
Mari K. Eder, retired commanding U.S. Army Major General, is a renowned speaker and author and a thought leader on strategic communication and leadership. General Eder has served as Director of Public Affairs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and as an adjunct professor and lecturer in communications and public diplomacy at the NATO School and Sweden's International Training Command.
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.
Dr. Tony Brooks
After enlisting in the U.S. Army in 2003 at the age of 21, Dr. Tony Brooks attended and graduated from Infantry and Airborne school, followed by the four-week Ranger Indoctrination program, officially checking in to the 2nd Ranger Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington, in September 2004. He deployed to eastern Afghanistan in April 2005, based at Bagram Airfield. His first mission was Operation Red Wings II.
On June 28th, 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance team under Operation Red Wings was ambushed in northeastern Afghanistan—as depicted in the book and film Lone Survivor. A quick reaction force was dispatched. Turbine 33, carrying eight Navy SEALs and eight members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade—careening the dual-rotor Chinook toward the rugged peak of Sawtalo Sar. The result was the single deadliest incident in Special Operations history at the time.
Author Tony Brooks gives a first-hand account of the daring recovery of Turbine 33 and the subsequent search for the remaining compromised Navy SEAL recon team—one of whom was Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor. The Rangers were up against lack of intel, treacherous terrain, violent weather, and an enemy that was raised to fight.
Bob Welch co-author of Leaven No Man Behind, is an award-winning columnist, speaker, and author whose 15 books are distinguished by heart, humor, and hope. A storyteller by nature, Welch mines much of his speaking fodder from his books and the nearly 2,000 columns he's written for The Register-Guard, Oregon's second-largest newspaper. He has twice won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists' highest award for writing.
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.
Jared Frederick is the author of several books, including Dispatches of D-Day: A People's History of the Normandy Invasion. Before his current position as an instructor of history at Penn State Altoona, he served as a seasonal park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Frederick has appeared on C-SPAN, PBS, in numerous independent documentaries, and on Turner Classic Movies as a guest host. He has also received awards for his teaching skills and efforts on behalf of student veterans.
His latest book is Hang Tough: The WWII Letters and Artifacts of Major Dick Winters. 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.
Colin P. Cahoon is a writer of historical nonfiction and historically based fiction, a patent attorney, and former Army helicopter pilot. He grew up in the Mesilla Valley of New Mexico and earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at New Mexico State University, which he attended on an Army ROTC scholarship. Colin received his Regular Army commission in 1983 and graduated with honors from the aero scout track of flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1984. He served with distinction as an Aero Scout Platoon Leader in the 307 th Attack Helicopter Battalion of the 7 the Infantry Division, where he accumulated over 1000 hours of flight time in UH-1 and OH-58 helicopters.
His latest book is Mended Wings: The Vietnam War Experience Through the Eyes of Ten American Purple Heart Helicopter Pilots. Follow the lives of ten Purple Heart heroes as they relate the Vietnam War experience from the perspective of the helicopter cockpit. Get to know the generation of men who fought with pride, determination, skill, and courage only to be shunned when they brought their battered bodies and haunting memories home. Their fathers and uncles were heralded as the "greatest generation." Meet the forgotten generation.
From Louisville, Kentucky, Don Milne is 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.
|(photo) Ben Milligan, Author and former SEAL.|
"By Water Beneath the Walls is the SEAL book we needed. A deep dive into the SEALs' roots, it is written with style and insight that could come only from someone who is part of the community. Milligan uses razor-sharp analysis and masterful storytelling to leave us with a clear understanding of not only how the SEALs came into being, but, more important, why."—Kevin Maurer, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of Lions of Kandahar and No Easy Day
Ben will join me on Point of the Spear to discuss the book, his SEAL career, and his life after the military. The audio podcast episode will debut on all major podcast platforms at 5 AM EST, August 11, 2021. Look for our trailer soon and subscribe to Point of the Spear.
|(Cover Art) Robert E. Lee: A Life.|
On the podcast episode, Allen and I will be discussing 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."
"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
|Dr. Allen Guelzo|
"Allen Guelzo confirms his place in the top rank of Civil War historians with his masterly biography of Robert E. Lee. Well-researched, well-written, and captivating, it will stand as the definitive single-volume life for decades to come. Guelzo's judicious comments on Lee's 'crime and glory' might be a good place for America to start healing her present-day wounds."
—Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill, Walking with Destiny
Allen and I will be recording our conversation on his Robert E. Lee book soon and look for the podcast episode's release in September. More podcast guests will be announced in the coming weeks, and a complete schedule will be posted soon.
I hope you will subscribe to the Point the Spear podcast, which will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Castbox and many other platforms beginning in mid to late August. Also look for more exciting announcements soon.
Mark the date in your calendar July 28, 2021 at 4P EST/3P CST/1P PST
Serving for Justice
Join filmmakers Dr. Jeffrey Sammons and Rob Child as they discuss their documentary, Serving for Justice, as a part of The National WWII Museum’s Reel History Film Series.
Serving for Justice is available now on Amazon Prime Video.
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I'll be having more announcements about the book, but this is the first official one. Below is more about the story.
The remarkable story of the seven African American soldiers ultimately awarded the World War II Medal of Honor, and the 50-year campaign to deny them their recognition.
In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during World War II, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades.
But recent historical investigations have brought to light some of the extraordinary acts of valor performed by black soldiers during the war. Men like Vernon Baker, who single-handedly eliminated three enemy machineguns, an observation post, and a German dugout. Or Sergeant Reuben Rivers, who spearhead his tank unit's advance against fierce German resistance for three days despite being grievously wounded. Meanwhile Lieutenant Charles Thomas led his platoon to capture a strategically vital village on the Siegfried Line in 1944 despite losing half his men and suffering a number of wounds himself.
Ultimately, in 1993 a US Army commission determined that seven men, including Baker, Rivers and Thomas, had been denied the Army's highest award simply due to racial discrimination. In 1997, more than 50 years after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to these seven heroes, sadly all but one of them posthumously.
The content will be engaging conversations with fellow military history authors and filmmakers as well as current Medal of Honor recipients. These soldiers indeed proved they were the "Point of the Spear," which is the reason for investing time and energy into producing a weekly show.
We are in the process of reaching out to guests now, and I promise you won't be bored. Each weekly podcast will feature lively conversations that provide a behind-the-scenes look at some prominent commanders and battles down through time.
Point of the Spear with Robert Child will be available on all the major podcast platforms including, Apple Podcast, Spotify and Castbox, and several others.
Look for more announcements to come on this upcoming exciting venture!
Not dissuaded the boy went down to the beach with a 48-star American flag and saluted the soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years earlier. He held the flag and his salute for 90 minutes until his knees gave out and he fell into his mother's arms.
I salute this young man for his determination and the honor he has brought to the commemoration of this solemn anniversary. There should be more young men like him in this world. I believe we would all be better off for it. The video below has 8 Million views on Youtube as it should.
On this auspicious day in world history, I wanted to highlight the audiobook, D-Day in 90 Minutes, which I wrote with my friend and author Bill Bradle. If you want a concise, informative, and exciting telling of this Normandy invasion, look no further.
More importantly, however, remember and honor the men who hit those beaches on that gray, cold morning 77 years ago today. Their heroism quite literally saved this world from descending into complete tyranny. Today's world is far from perfect, but it would be a hell of a great deal worse if these soldiers did not step up for their generation, our generation, and generations to come. On this day, we honor those who gave it all.
Purchase from Audible.com in the USA at this link.
Purchase from Audible.com in the UK at this link.
|Lt. Vernon J. Baker|
The writing of this book has been a profoundly moving experience in getting to know these seven African American Medal of Honor winners from WWII. They were denied their recognition for more than four decades.
I am simply in awe of their achievements and who they were as human beings. I set out with a goal for Immortal Valor, I wanted the reader to get to know these men far beyond their Medal of Honor citations. It has taken a great deal of research and hard work behind the scenes, but so far, I can report "we" have been accomplishing that mission. There is a reason I use the word "we."
I am a spiritual person, and I fully believe these men who are all deceased are aware of the book. I feel their guiding hand when I am stuck trying to confirm a fact or search for the perfect personal anecdote to bring their personalities to life.
Every obstacle I encounter seems to dissolve as I move through it. And quite often, I will come up with finds that are pure gold. One of those "finds" is Vernon Baker's interview with the Veteran's History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress. His poignant, sometimes heart-wrenching interview gives insight into the man beyond any dry research note. Below I share an excerpt from that interview.
New Book on Normandy, Normandy Ghosts
I also wanted to highlight a new book that caught my attention in the UK Edition of the Daily Mail, Normandy Ghosts by military historians Nigel Stewart and Sean Claxton. Their photographic ghosting technique is not new as it has been done extensively on American Civil War photographs, but that does not make it any less compelling.
In fact, the photos highlighted from the book show how little WWII landscapes have changed in 75 years. See the example below.
|From "Normandy Ghosts" Allied forces on track vehicles and Ariel motorcycles move inland through Saint-Côme-de-Fresné. The town is located to the west of Gold Beach.|
I encourage all to check out and purchase this new book which continues to keep the history alive. Because as we know, if we forget our history, we are doomed to repeat it.
For the full Daily Mail article click here.
Author Robert Child inks Book Deal with Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for Immortal Valor: African-American World War II Medal of Honor Winners
The 761st Tank Battalion in France
The WWII nonfiction title will publish in January 2021 to coincide with Black History Month in the US.
ATLANTA - April 9, 2021 - Robert Child of RSC Media Group, LLC announced today that he has signed a deal with Osprey Publishing, a Bloomsbury Publishing Plc division, to write a title about African-American Medal of Honor winners from WWII titled Immortal Valor. The deal was negotiated by Greg Johnson, President of Word Serve Literary.
In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during WWII, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Of those nominated and despite a total of more than one million African-Americans who served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades.
In 1993, the U.S. Army commissioned a research team at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, to investigate the discrepancy and explore deserving black service members' records. The investigation uncovered seven incidents of uncommon valor that merited the Medal of Honor and, in turn, brought to light long-standing racial discrimination within the government to deny African-Americans their country's highest military honor.
|2nd Lt. Vernon Baker received his Medal of Honor in 1997|
In 1997, more than half a century after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to seven black Americans in a White House ceremony. Immortal Valor will bring their stories to life.
Child commented, "In researching Black military history for my recently released television documentary, Serving for Justice, what became clear is that we need to do justice to the African-American soldiers of World War II and bring their stories to a wider audience."
Commissioning Editor Kate Moore from Osprey Publishing said, “I am delighted to have acquired this noteworthy title from Robert Child. It is a remarkable story of ordinary men who performed extraordinary acts of courage and yet were shamefully denied the highest accolade due to the color of their skin. I am proud that we will be able to bring their story to a wider audience with this new book.”
Robert Child is a military history writer, director, and author. Besides his co-authored book, The Lost Eleven (Penguin/Random House) with Denise George, he has self-published nine other nonfiction military history titles and military thrillers over the last eight years. The author has garnered more than 26 writing and directing awards, including an Emmy® nomination, and is one of only a handful of Writer / Directors whose work has screened in the United States Congress.
About Osprey Publishing – an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Plc
Osprey Publishing is the leading publisher of illustrated military history. Now in its 50th year, Osprey has published more than 3,000 titles on a wide range of military history subjects from ancient times to the present day, covering battles, campaigns, uniforms, weapons, equipment, tactics and organization.
For all media queries related to the publication of Immortal Valor, including obtaining review copies, author events, festivals, and book signings, please contact my publicist Rayshma.Arjune@Bloomsbury.com.
|Robert Child Speaking at the Lotos Club, NYC|
As an author and filmmaker, I love speaking with folks about my work. This Black History Month I'm blessed to have several speaking engagements coming up that I want to alert you to. Below is a quick list with links.
UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Black History Month
February 11, 2021 12:30P PST / 3:30P EST Santa Clara Rotary Club Type: Zoom Presentation
February 16, 2021 11:00A PST / 2:00P EST Awakened Nation with Brad Szollose Type: Intv. Podcast
February 19, 2021 4:00P PST / 7:00P EST Afr. Am. Museum Bucks Cty. Type Online Film Screening, Serving for Justice with Q & A. *Ticketed Fundraising Event.
Rotary Club of Santa Clara, CA February 11th 3:30P EST
I am looking forward to speaking with the members of this very active and distinguished Rotary Club in California's Silicon Valley. I will be giving a presentation on my book, The Lost Eleven, and how it was inspired by my film, The Wereth Eleven.
Awakened Nation with Brad Szollose February 16th 2P EST
I will also be a guest on Brad Szollose's Awakened Nation Podcast, which is now in its fourth season on Apple Podcasts. I will be speaking with Brad about my recent film, Serving for Justice as well as my past creative works. Brad has welcomed many distinguished guests, and I am honored to be part of that roster.
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African American Museum of Bucks County Film Screening February 19th 7P EST
I am honored to be part of a benefit event to support the African American Museum of Bucks County with an online film screening of Serving for Justice about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion in WWII. The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America’s ideals. Following the 50-minute film, I will discuss the making of the documentary, answer any questions from the audience and introduce the film’s producer, Arthur Collins Jr.