Archive for 2022

British Historian Saul David on the 5th Marines of WWII

Join Robert Child for a conversation with British historian and Sunday Times bestselling author Saul David. Saul is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham’s Humanities Research Institute. From 2009 to 2021, he was Professor of Military History at the University of Buckingham and Programme Director for Buckingham’s London-based MPhil in Military History. His book is called, Devil Dogs: King Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines: From Guadalcanal to the Shores of Japan.


Wednesday
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Online Book Talk, Immortal Valor with the National Museum of the U.S. Army

Had a great time discussing my book Immortal Valor at the National Museum of the United States Army on September 15th. We also gave away a hardcover copy of the book to a winner who guessed correctly that Vernon Baker was the only one of the seven Medal of Honor recipients who was able to accept the medal in person in 1997. The museum plans to post the video of the presentation this fall. I will keep you posed on when that's released.

Saturday
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Powerful Conversation with Outspoken U.S. Marine Stu Scheller on America's Crisis of Command

Join Robert Child for a powerful conversation with author and former Lt. Colonel Stuart Scheller. Stuart gained notoriety last year as a US Marine speaking out and asking for accountability for the US’s disastrous military withdrawal from Afghanistan. His new book is called Crisis of Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals and Politicians.
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82nd Airborne Division Colonel Richard Hooker on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and retired Colonel Richard Hooker. Richard, a career Army officer, his military service included combat tours in Grenada, Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, including command of a parachute brigade in Baghdad. His military service also included stints in the offices of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Secretary of the Army, and the Chief of Staff of the Army. A veteran of three tours with the National Security Council, he previously served as Assistant Professor at West Point, as the Army Chair at the National War College, and as Dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome. His book is The Good Captain: A Personal Memoir of America at War.

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September Guests on Point of the Spear, Plus a New Documentary

September is full of great guests on Point of the Spear. We kicked off the month with Navy Seal Ben Milligan who returned to the show to talk about his book, 
By Water Beneath the Walls. Then, this week in our feature episode of the month outspoken former U.S. Marine Stuart Scheller stopped by to discuss his new book, Crisis in Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals and Politicians. Stuart's episode will is also a video podcast on our Youtube Channel. September 17th, 30-year 82nd Airborne veteran Colonel Richard Hooker will be here to discuss his book, The Good Captain. And later this month Saul David will be here to discuss 3rd Battalion 5th Marines and his book, Devil Dogs. All right here on Point of the Spear.

Plus we've just released a new military history documentary on Tubi, Weather and Warfare. It is the free streaming app owned by Fox. Below is the trailer. Watch now on Tubi now at the  this link.  https://tubitv.com/movies/680635/weather-and-warfare-millennia-to-modern-time


Tuesday
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A Few Bad Men - Watch a Conversation with U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and retired U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin. Fred served twenty-seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, beginning as a seventeen-year-old who rose from the enlisted ranks to become an officer. Serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and elsewhere, he led the first special operations company in the Marines and earned forty-nine military medals and ribbons, including the Bronze Star. His book is A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan and Betrayed in America.

Sunday
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Where Cowards Go to Die - Watch a Conversation with Special Forces Combat Vet Benjamin Sledge

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Benjamin Sledge. Ben is a wounded Special Operations combat veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals. His latest book is Where Cowards Go to Die. 

Saturday
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Military History Doc on Naval Combat Search and Rescue in Vietnam

A documentary about Navy helicopters and combat SAR during the Vietnam War: two-hour film will be told from the perspective of the pilots, aircrew men, maintainers, and survivors. Release planned for spring of 2023. 


Learn more and help support Vietnam War Naval history with a tax-deductible contribution to the film through the Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society at the links at the end of the video.



More  About HC-7:

Despite the turbulent times in the 1960s in a changing America, what held true then remains so today, the steadfast courage of the American serviceman. The combat ethos "leave no warrior behind" was operational doctrine for one mission-focused squadron, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Seven. In the history of the U.S. Navy, HC-7 was the only active-duty combat search and rescue squadron ever to exist. And became one of the most highly decorated naval squadrons in Vietnam. 


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Navy SEAL and Author Ben Milligan Returns to Point of the Spear in a Video Podcast Sept 4th

Join Robert Child on September 4th for a follow-up conversation with author and Navy SEAL veteran Ben Milligan. Ben became a US Navy SEAL in 2001 and served until 2009. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star and other awards. He received a BA in History at Purdue University and an MA in International Relations at the University of San Diego.  His book is called By Water Beneath the Walls: The Rise of the Navy SEALs. WATCH




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Watch Our Interview with Retired British SAS Soldier Des Powell

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and British Special Forces veteran Des Powell. After serving in the Parachute Regiment, Sergeant Major Des Powell spent twenty years in the SAS at the heart of the Counter Terrorism and Special Projects teams. A former PT instructor in 1 PARA, he became the Unarmed Combat and Fitness instructor for B Squadron and pioneered HALO, HAHO, and other covert airborne entry techniques. He was the second-in-command of the Bravo Three Zero patrol in 1991. His book is called SAS Bravo Three Zero.




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101st Airborne Vietnam Veteran and Author Larry Freeland

 Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and Vietnam veteran Larry Freeland. Larry joined the U.S. Army and served one tour in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as an Infantry Officer and a CH-47 helicopter pilot. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the Bronze Star, and other military service medals. His latest book is called Chariots in the Sky: A Story About U.S. Army Assault Helicopter Pilots at War in Vietnam. LISTEN NOW

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Legendary CIA Counter Terrorist Chief of Operations On Point of the Spear August 24th

Join Robert Child August 24th for a conversation with author and former CIA Counter Terrorist Chief of Operations Ric Prado. Ric is a retired CIA operations officer specializing in paramilitary, counter-terrorism, and covert operations. Escaping Cuba as a child amidst the violence of Castro’s Cuban Revolution, he would retire as the CIA’s equivalent of a two-star general after a 24-year career. His book is called Black Ops: The Life of a CIA Shadow Warrior. 

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Former U.S. Army Apache Helicopter Pilot and Author Don Bentley on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author and U.S. Army veteran Don Bentley. Don spent a decade as an Army Apache helicopter pilot during which time he was stationed in South Korea, Germany, and Texas. While deployed to Afghanistan as a Troop Commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom VI, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with “V” for valor.  His latest book is called Hostile Intent. LISTEN NOW

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Part Two Episode of U.S. Marine Maj. Fred Galvin, A Few Bad Men

Catch the conclusion of my conversation with author and retired U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin. Fred served twenty-seven years in the U.S. Marine Corps, beginning as a seventeen-year-old who rose from the enlisted ranks to become an officer. Serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and elsewhere, he led the first special operations company in the Marines and earned forty-nine military medals and ribbons, including the Bronze Star. His book is A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan and Betrayed in America. LISTEN NOW

Wednesday
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August Guests Coming to Point of the Spear include British SAS Veteran Des Powell

We’ve got some great guests coming in August as we kick off Season Three of Point of the Spear. Our guests include NY Times bestselling author and former Apache helicopter pilot Don Bentley. 101st Airborne Vietnam veteran Larry Freeland will also come by to discuss the battle of Lam Son 719. CIA Counterterrorist Chief of Operations Ric Prado will stop by to discuss his book, Black Ops. And former UK Special Forces soldier Des Powell will be here to discuss his Sunday Times bestseller, SAS Bravo Three Zero: The Gripping True Story. My conversation with Des will also release as a video episode on our Youtube Channel August 17th. It’s all part of the August Season Three kick-off on Point of the Spear.


Monday
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Powerful Two-Part Special with Maj. Fred Galvin (ret.) A Few Bad Men

We have a powerful two-part episode with retired U.S. Marine Major Fred Galvin on July 20th and 27th on Point of the Spear, where we discuss his book, A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan Betrayed in America.

Maj. Galvin's book is about the wrongly accused men in his special operations unit, including himself, who became known as the MARSOC Seven. They were all charged with homicide and faced life imprisonment.


More about the MARSOC SEVEN from Sofrep.com


"Fox Company Marines (MSOC F) were accused of indiscriminately killing Afghan civilians in March of 2007, and that narrative was spread throughout the media as a result of a rush to judgment by several military leaders who were directly responsible for the expulsion of Fox Company from Afghanistan. This rush to judgment occurred without sufficient evidence, as later proven during the Court of Inquiry."



Watch part of the interview on the video version of the podcast (click above).

Sunday
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Talking About Immortal Valor on Dan Snow's History Hit Podcast

I invite everyone to check out my conversation with Dan Snow on his History Hit podcast. It is the most popular history podcast in the UK with millions of downloads. Allene Carter and I discuss the story of the seven black Medal of Honor recipients of WWII and my book Immortal Valor. I hope you can check it out.   LISTEN NOW.  

Thursday
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July is Sizzling on Point of the Spear

Point of the Spear kicked off the month with director Ron Maxwell, which led into our two-part Gettysburg narrative program, Voices from the Front, to commemorate the 159th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. It is another in our series of story-telling specials. First person accounts are the living link we have to what occurred at Gettysburg. And although some of the accounts may be less than accurate due to the various authors seeing only their narrow view of the conflict and having limited information – they still bring to life the battle in a deeply personal way.  PLAY EPISODE.




Then Mark Greaney returned to Point of the Spear to discuss his new book, Armored. July is a big month for Mark; his fantastic-looking Gray Man movie starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans debuts in theaters on July 15th and migrates to Netflix on July 22nd. PLAY EPISODE.



This week on July 13th, author Benjamin Sledge stopped by the podcast. Ben is a wounded Special Operations combat veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and two Army Commendation Medals. In a powerful interview, he discusses his latest book, Where Cowards Go to Die. PLAY EPISODE.




Second Half of July:


Next week on July 20th, retired Marine Major Fred Galvin comes to Point of the Spear to talk about his riveting new book, A Few Bad Men: The True Story of U.S. Marines Ambushed in Afghanistan and Betrayed in America. The book tells the incredible true story of an elite team of U.S. Marines set up to take the fall for Afghanistan war crimes they did not commit—and Major Galvin's 14-year fight to redeem his men. Galvin's interview is another Point of the Spear episode you won't want to miss.


We close out the month on the 27th with Dr. Samuel Mitcham and his remarkable new book, The Encyclopedia of Confederate Generals: The Definitive Guide to the 426 Leaders of the South's War Effort. You'll definitely enjoy this episode if you're an avid Civil War buff. Mitcham documents the lives of every Confederate general from birth to death, highlighting their unique contributions to the battlefield and bringing their triumphs and tragedies to life. 

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Director Ron Maxwell Comes to Point of the Spear

Kicking off our Battle of Gettysburg Anniversary weekend join Robert Child for a special interview with director Ron Maxwell. Ron is an award-winning Hollywood filmmaker best known for his successful films on the American Civil War and he had several box office hits before those two films. Rob’s interview with Ron Maxwell was taped a couple years back during the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. PLAY EPISODE.


Friday
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Ancient Roman Wars on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child this week on Point of the Spear for a conversation with author Lindsay Powell. Lindsay  writes for Ancient History and Ancient Warfare magazine. His articles have also appeared in Military Heritage and Strategy and Tactics. His appearances include BBC Radio, British Forces Broadcasting Service, History Channel and HistoryHit. His latest book is Bar Kokhba: The Jew Who Defied Hadrian and Challenged the Might of Rome.

Monday
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The Irish Revolution from a Global Perspective

This week join Robert Child for a conversation with author Fearghal McGarry. Fearghal is a Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. He has authored and edited many books, including The Rising―Ireland: Easter 1916. His latest book is The Irish Revolution: A Global History.

Tuesday
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New Documentary Project, No Warrior Left Behind: The Untold Story of HC-7

 I am delighted to announce a new documentary film project is underway in association with the Naval Helicopter Association Historical Society. No Warrior Left Behind: The Untold Story of HC-7 is the first Vietnam War project I have undertaken, but I have wanted to write and direct a Vietnam War film for a long time. This project is perfect for me as it highlights courage and sacrifice in a naval squadron whose story is not well known.


The Story in Brief:

A naval helicopter combat support squadron (HC-7) in Vietnam whose primary mission became search and rescue. Each harrowing mission often through hostile fire always in enemy territory redefined the mantra, “leave no warrior behind.” Among the tenacious airmen who flew these oftentimes one-way missions was Clyde Lassen. (photo on left) He was only one of two naval aviators to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in Vietnam. By the end of the war, the squadron had rescued nearly150 grateful aviators from People’s Democratic Republic of Vietnam (PDRV) and the Gulf of Tonkin. That stellar performance established HC-7’s reputation as “the most highly decorated squadron in Naval Aviation history.” 


Overview:


By September 1967 when HC-7 was established, Vietnam was fast becoming the “helicopter war.” It is the defining mode of transport and image that remains in the minds of most Americans today. These birds brought men into battle and carried them home. 

 

The role of HC-7 was CSAR (Combat Search and Rescue) and the task was not for the faint of heart. The Navy lost an average of two SAR aircraft for every three aircrews rescued and one SAR crewman killed or captured for every two aircrews rescued. Many more rescues were attempted than succeeded.  

 

Undaunted by those odds, aviators of HC-7 performed their duties with courage and determination. They knew what was at stake. A captured American pilot faced torture, isolation, and many times death at the hands of the fanatical North Vietnamese. 

 

With the passage of time, we are losing these naval veterans, the survivors, and their stories. No Warrior Left Behind preserves the inspiring tales of a combat rescue squadron whose sole purpose and mission were to bring our warriors back home. 

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The CIA's Secret Mission in the Aftermath of 9/11

Over on the podcast this week catch my guest Toby Harden. He’s a former foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London and the Daily Telegraph reporting from more than 30 countries. His recent book is called  First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11. LISTEN NOW

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Bestselling Author Tom Clavin Returns to Point of the Spear to talk about a Civil War Naval Battle

This coming week (Wednesday 5/18) catch my conversation with author Tom Clavin. Tom returns to Point of the Spear to discuss To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth his book about the greatest Civil War battle at sea ever waged.

More about the book:

On June 19, 1864, just off the coast of France, one of the most dramatic naval battles in history took place. On a clear day with windswept skies, the dreaded Confederate raider Alabama faced the Union warship Kearsarge in an all-or-nothing fight to the finish, the outcome of which would effectively end the threat of the Confederacy on the high seas.

Authors Phil Keith and Tom Clavin introduce some of the crucial but historically overlooked players, including John Winslow, captain of the USS Kearsarge, as well as Raphael Semmes, captain of the CSS Alabama. Readers will sail aboard the Kearsarge as Winslow embarks for Europe with a set of simple orders from the secretary of the navy: "Travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, if necessary, to find and destroy the Alabama."

Winslow pursued Semmes in a spectacular fourteen-month chase over international waters, culminating in what would become the climactic sea battle of the Civil War.

Saturday
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Author Jared Frederick Discusses Ronald Speirs and His Band of Brothers

Wednesday May 11th join me for a conversation with author Jared Frederick. Jared is a history instructor at Penn State Altoona and hosts the popular Youtube Channel Reel History.  His new book is called  Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.

Tuesday
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Martin Dugard on Point of the Spear with his #1 NY Times Book, Killing the Killers

Released this week. Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Martin Dugard. Martin Is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-author of the Mega-million selling “Killing” series. He’s also launched a solo series the “Taking” series that is discussed during the episode. Dugard’s new book is called Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists.

Saturday
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The India-Burma Campaigns in WWII on Point of the Spear

This week join Robert Child for a conversation with author Chris Kolakowski. Chris spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, and other organizations. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present. His current book is called Nations in the Balance: The India-Burma Campaigns, December 1943 - August 1944.


Tuesday
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Marine Lt. Colonel David Kelly on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child April 20th for a conversation with Author and retired Marine Lt. Col. David Kelly. David served as an infantry officer with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines with an Amphibious Readiness Group off the coast of Vietnam. He volunteered to return to active duty to deploy to Iraq in 2004 as senior Field Historian to conduct interview with Marines and sailors in Iraq. His latest book is a result of that effort called Hell in the Streets of Husaybah.


Thursday
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The Republic of Violence on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child for a conversation with New York Times Bestselling author J.D. Dickey. J.D. has been writing books for 20 years, first as an author for Penguin/Rough Guides, now as a writer of narrative nonfiction about American history, society and culture. His latest book is called The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America.

Listen on Spotify


Wednesday
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April Guests on Point of the Spear

We’ve got some great guests coming to Point of the Spear in April. Following up on Alex Kershaw we have another NYT bestselling author. J.D. Dickey stops by to discuss violence in America’s past in his fascinating new book, The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America. And later in April author and Marine Corp Lt. Colonel David Kelly comes to Point of the Spear to talk about the intense street fighting of the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines in Iraq in 2004 in his new book, Hell in the Streets of Husaybah. Another episode you won’t want to miss. All this and much more - it’s a jam-packed April on Point of the Spear.

Sunday
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Watch the Full Point of the Spear Interview with Author Alex Kershaw

Join me for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw. Alex is a journalist, public speaker and New York Times best-selling author of over ten books, including The Liberator - the basis for the Netflix series - The Longest Winter, The Bedford Boys, Avenue of Spies and The First Wave. His current book, Against All Odds, a saga of four Medal of Honor recipients, and released in May 2022.


Watch the full interview below.




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New York Times Bestselling Author Alex Kershaw Comes to Point of the Spear

Be sure to mark your calendars for April 6th. That date is the audio/video podcast release of my interview with New York Times bestselling author, Alex Kershaw. Alex and I discuss his new book Against All Odds and the 3rd Infantry Division in WW2. This episode will be released on YouTube and Spotify on video as well as on audio on all our podcast platforms. Another episode you don't want to miss! 

Tuesday
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Angus Wallace of the WW2 Podcast is on Point of the Spear

Over on the podcast this week on Wed. 3/30 join Robert Child for a conversation with Angus Wallace host of the WW2 Podcast. The history podcast has been around since 2006 and Angus is a wealth of knowledge. It's another episode you won't want to miss. Join us on Wednesday!  

Join us at this link.

Sunday
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National Medal of Honor Day We Celebrate Vernon Baker

March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day in the US and over on the podcast we have a very special episode planned - an interview with Medal of Honor recipient Vernon Baker. Vernon served as a Lieutenant in the all-black 370th Infantry Regiment which became the Point of the Spear for the 92nd Division on the Gothic Line in Italy. We hope you'll check out the show tomorrow. #militaryhistory #podcasts

Thursday
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Authors Bruns and Olson are on Point of the Spear

On the podcast join me for a conversation with writing duo of Bruns and Olson and their new military thriller series Command and Control. David Bruns and J.R. Olson are both graduates of the Naval Academy and have been creating thrillers together for more than six years.

Monday
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Washington Inspired by Paine's Words in 1776

 

In Bucks County Pennsylvania in December 1776 the future of America appeared bleak.

"When Thomas Paine joined the 5,000 cold, frightened patriot soldiers in Washington’s emergency camp on the west bank of the Delaware, he immediately received new orders. Washington believed the author of Common Sense could help the revolutionary cause more with his pen than with a musket. So Paine set out on foot to Philadelphia and produced a pamphlet titled The Crisis, which began with a stirring call to arms. “These are the times that try men’s souls,” Paine wrote. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”


A rider carried the pamphlet to the Continental Army’s camp on the Delaware. Washington had decided to lead his men across the river late on Christmas night and surprise-attack the Hessian mercenaries at Trenton. In preparation for that desperate crossing, he ordered his officers to gather their men in groups and read Paine’s words aloud." Wm. Hogeland, History.Net Full article
Tuesday
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Cold War Spying on the Russians on Point of the Spear

Over on the podcast join Robert Child for a conversation with author R.J. Patterson about his 5-book Cold War spy series. Patterson grew up in a military family but spent much of his career in journalism, winning numerous award writing articles for prestigious newspapers, including The New York Times. He’s been a prolific and best selling author for many years and on the episode we’re talking about spying on the Russians among the things.

 

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Serving for Justice - "Delivers the Goods"

Amidst the horrors and indignities of Jim Crow America, one million African Americans served their country to protect democracy abroad and expand it at home during World War II. This documentary tells of a combat unit struggling to succeed in battle, proving their full-citizenship when their lives seemed to matter less. Here is a story of fortitude, brotherhood, and faith in America's ideals.

Serving for Justice: The Story of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion was produced by Ebony Doughboys, and written and directed by Robert Child.

"Serving for Justice is about the history of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. It covers a wide swath of black history from the early Jim Crow laws and how the African American experience unfolded in America and how it shaped the men who would go on to fight in World War II," said Director Robert Child.

"Originally produced for the American Embassy in Belgium, this project has grown from that original mission. To say it is timely would be quite an understatement but it goes to show that racial inequality has been with us a long while and has not been addressed properly. Perhaps now more voices are speaking up and positive change will come about. Time will tell. I am pleased, however that the work I have done in this area has continued to be noticed."



The film was produced by Ebony Doughboys, a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War. Founded in 2014, the group is the offshoot of other African American re-enactors who for many years educated and enlightened the public on the involvement of African Americans in World War I. Today, the group forms an overarching structure for African American reenactors who hail from the east coast, the mid-west and the southern United States.

Ebony Doughboys statement:

"As a basis of our historical interpretation, we engage in the extensive research of the role of African Americans during this period by studying and reading personal accounts, archived sources, photographs and other source material. We examine photographs and original garments, accoutrements and weapons to gain a thorough understanding of the original Ebony Doughboys. We strive to reach a consistent, high level of authenticity in our appearance, realizing that as our knowledge grows, our standards for authenticity will also evolve. Members are expected to present themselves to the public with military deportment, an open-mindedness for learning, and a commitment to educating, dispelling myths, and building bridges of understanding."


Review from Amazon.com

"AWESOME INDIE FILM! What a rollercoaster. If you are interested in general history, military history, WWII history, American history, or interested in a great story -- you will want to watch this documentary, and learn about the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion. Their story is America's story over the entire 20th Century. The unit was born directly from the triumphs & tragedies of WWI's African-American experience, they endured amazing combat experiences in Normandy & beyond, they were outgunned/outmanned in their desperate fight at the Bulge -- and their legacy of courage sacrifice took seventy years to correct, after the war. To tell the tale, the film makes good use of various elements -- striking expert & participant interviews, rare WWII combat footage, reenactor recreations, etc. -- and delivers the goods. Take the time, watch this movie, and learn about some heroic people -- people that you will not soon forget.

Chris Isleib

Captain, USN (Retired)

Director of Communication

U.S. World War I Centennial Commission

Washington, DC"


Monday
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Military Thriller Authors Andrews and Wilson Come to Point of the Spear this Week

Over on the podcast this week we have two incredible military writers Andrews and Wilson. Both former military who have taken over the reins of the W.E.B. Griffin Presidential Agent series. It is a funny and enlightening conversation with two masters of the military thriller. The episode releases on Wednesday 3/9. Point of the Spear with Robert Child is available on all the major platforms and we hope you check it out. 

Second Half of February and full March Guest Schedule on Point of the Spear


February 16th - Mark Greaney

Join Robert Child for a conversation with Mark Greaney about his book Sierra Six. Mark is a #1 NYT best selling author of over 16 thrillers He has written or cowritten seven Tom Clancy novels and the Audible Original Audio Drama, Armored which has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures. He lives in Memphis with his family.




February 19th - Carole Engle Avriett

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Carole Engle Avriett about her book Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions. Carole grew up in a military family. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a double major BA in English and History, specializing in Military History. She served as the Homes Editor with Southern Living Magazine for nearly 15 years. *This episode is dedicated to Edwin "The Swede" Blomberg, WWII Marine Raider.


February 23rd - Steve Berry


Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Steve Berry about his book The Kaiser’s Web. Steve is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels, among other books. He and his wife are the founders of History Matters, which is dedicated to historical preservation. He serves as an emeritus member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and was a founding member of International Thriller Writers, formerly serving as its co-president. 


March 2nd - Brad Taylor


Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Brad Taylor about his book End of Days. 
Brad is a twenty-one-year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry and Special Forces, including eight years with Delta Force. Taylor retired in 2010 after serving more than two decades and participating in Oper-ation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has written fifteen New York Times bestsellers and is a security consultant on asymmetric threats for various agencies. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with his wife and two daughters.

March 5th - Marc Liebman

Join Robert Child for a conversation with author, Marc Liebman about his book Failure to Fire. Liebman is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator who is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the tanker wars of the 1980s and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired as a Captain after twenty-six years in the Navy and a career that took him all over the world.


March 9th - Andrews and Wilson


Join Robert Child for a conversation with Andrews and Wilson about their book, Rogue Asset. 

W. E. B. Griffin was the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations. He passed away in February 2019.

Brian Andrews is a U.S. Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University.

Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the U.S. Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon with an East Coast-based SEAL Team. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children.

March 16th - RJ Patterson

Join Robert Child for a conversation with RJ Patterson,  R.J. Patterson is an award-winning writer and thriller author living in the Pacific Northwest. While growing up in a military family, he spent some of his formative years living with his family on the estate of an English baron and baroness. It was there that he developed his passion for good literature and an appreciation for football.



March 23rd - Bruns and Olson

Join Robert Child for a conversation with Bruns and Olson. J .R. Olson graduated from Annapolis in May of 1990 with a BS in History. He served as a naval intelligence officer, retiring in March of 2011 at the rank of commander. His assignments during his 21-year career included duty aboard aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, participation in numerous operations around the world, to include Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, and service in the U.S. Navy in strategic-level Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection operations as a CIA-trained case officer. 


David Bruns earned a Bachelor of Science in Honors English from the United States Naval Academy. (That's not a typo. He's probably the only English major you'll ever meet who took multiple semesters of calculus, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, naval architecture, and weapons systems just so he could read some Shakespeare. It was totally worth it.) Following six years as a US Navy submarine officer, David spent twenty years in the high-tech private sector. 

March 30th - Angus Wallace

Join Robert Child for a conversation with Angus Wallace. Angus hosts the long-running WW2 Podcast. The WW2 Podcast is dedicated to the military history of the Second World War. Hosted by a British host, Angus Wallace, the show launched back in 2015 and has gone on to release more than 65 episodes. Throughout the ongoing series, Wallace has covered a range of WWII topics, from Churchill’s decision to join the war in 1940, to the famed Nazi Hunters, to the Normandy landings. Wallace reinforces his episodes with interviews of authors and military experts, who help to paint in the finer details of the events, battles and people that contributed to the war.












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