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A history podcast looking at all aspects of WWII, military history, social history, the battles, the campaigns, tanks, gun and other equipment, the politics and those who ran the war. I look at it all. With WW2 slipping from living memory I aim to look at different historical aspects of the Second World War. In each episode of the WWII Podcast I interview an expert on a subject. No topics are out of bounds (as yet), and I cover the military history side of the war as well as looking the home ...
 
Billy Stanley is a neurodivergent advocate, ally & podcaster raising awareness and providing content and support for those living with Dyspraxia/DCD. He is also the co-founder of Dyspraxic Alliance on social media. On this podcast we invite notable/famous people with the condition to discuss the struggles and successes they’ve had whilst living with the hidden disability. Our sister podcast ‘The Dyspraxic Help 4U Fitness Podcast’ hosted by Mike Nelson is available to listen now!
 
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We’ve got some great guests coming up in June as we kick off summer on Point of the Spear. On the first author Mark Hager speaks about WWII faith and courage in the 357th Infantry. Then, Fearghal McGarry from Belfast discusses the global impact of the Irish Revolution. And later in June Lindsay Powell enlightens us on the Jew who Defied Hadrian and…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Tom Clavin. Clavin, who returns to Point of the Spear, has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and the National Newspaper Association. Several of his books have been New York Times best sellers. His new book is called To the Uttermost Ends o…
 
Rodolfo Graziani, Marshal of Italy, Viceroy of Ethiopia and one of Mussolini's most valued generals remains to this day a divisive figure in his homeland. Revered by some Italians as a patriot and vilified by others as a murderer. From the allied perspective, he was the Italian general whose troops surrendered en masse to the British during operati…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Jared Frederick. Jared is a history instructor at Penn State Altoona. He’s also a former Park Ranger at the Gettysburg National Military Park 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. Sign up for …
 
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. Si…
 
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 aspe…
 
We’ve got some great guests coming up in May. Kicking off the month author Martin Dugard returns to Point of the Spear to talk about his new book with Bill O’Reilly, Killing the Killers. Next a conversation with Tom Clavin about the great sea battle of the Civil War in his new book, To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth. And later in May Jared Frederi…
 
Join Robert Child 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 …
 
On September 1, 1939, the day World War II broke out in Europe, Gen. George Marshall was sworn in as chief of staff of the U.S. Army. Ten months later, Roosevelt appointed Henry Stimson secretary of war. For the next five years, from adjoining offices in the Pentagon, Marshall and Stimson headed the army machine that ground down the Axis. In this e…
 
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 An…
 
Join Robert Child 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 …
 
London born Farah Nanji, known by her artist alias as DJ NINJA, has performed on some of the world's most credible stages which has led to her being globally recognised as a DJ in her own right and warming up for the likes of Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez. The dyspraxic star is also a highly accomplished journalist, public speaker, podcaster & produc…
 
The expansion of British industry to cater for war production began to be put in place in the 1930s. But still with the outbreak of war Britain needed to stretch every sinew to harness, coordinate and maximise its resources. Firstly to defend itself and then to help liberate Axis-occupied countries. In this episode, I'm joined by Neil Storey. Neil …
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with Angus Wallace. Angus is a Post Graduate Researcher at the University of Leeds. He spent many years working in film and television He’s co-founder of the History Network in the UK and hosts one of the longest running WW2 podcasts on the the planet. Sign up for our twice monthly email Newsletter SOCIAL YouTub…
 
Join Robert Child for a special National Medal of Honor Day episode - an interview with 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. In fact Baker’s Platoon was the unit that finally broke through Hitler’s last li…
 
Join Robert Child 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 6 years. Their latest book is called Counter Strike. Sign up for our twice monthly email Newsl…
 
We’ve got some great guests coming to Point of the Spear in April. Kicking off the month on April 6th New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw is here to talk about his brand new book Against All Odds about four of the most decorated soldiers of WWII and all Medal of Honor recipients. Next another NYT bestselling author stops by J.D. Dickey t…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Jump on the mailing list. Twice monthly receive our Insider email Newsletter. 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…
 
Tobruk was one of the greatest Allied victories – and one of the worst Allied defeats – of the Second World War. Almost from the start of producing the podcast I’ve wanted to do an episode looking at Tobruk. I think it probably first gets a mention in episode 11 when we looked at Richard O’Connor, since then the town has come up in numerous episode…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Join the mailing list. Twice monthly receive our Insider email Newsletter. Join Robert Child for a conversation with authors Andrews and Wilson about their W.E.B. Griffin novel, Rogue Asset. About Brian Andrews: Brian is a US Navy veteran, nuclear engineer, and former s…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Join the mailing list. Twice monthly receive our Insider email Newsletter. Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Marc Liebman about his book Failure to Fire. Marc is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and Naval Aviator who is a combat veteran of Vietnam, the tanker …
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Jump on the mailing list. Twice monthly receive our Insider email Newsletter. Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Brad Taylor about his book End of Days. Brad was born in Okinawa Japan but grew up in Texas. He served for 21 years in the military retiring as…
 
We are back in the Pacific, this time looking at the air war primarily over Guadalcanal. US Marine aviators landed on the island shortly after the Marine ground forces. As Japanese troops held out on Guadalcanal, the skies over the island were heavily contested. In this episode, we are focusing on the top-scoring marine pilots over Guadalcanal. Joi…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Jump on the mailing list. Twice monthly receive our Insider email Newsletter. 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,…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. 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 E…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Join Robert Child in March on Point of the Spear when he welcomes many outstanding guests including authors Brad Taylor, End of Days, and RJ Patterson speaking on his Cold War thriller series. We’ll also focus on writing duos with military thriller authors Bruns and Ols…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. 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…
 
At the end WWII 473 men had been honoured by the United States for their bravery and sacrifice by receiving the Medal of Honor. The Medal was awarded to men of all ranks - from Lieutenant General Jonathan Wainwright at the top all the way down to 18-year-old Private Joseph Merrell. Although 1 million African Americans served in the military during …
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Join Robert Child for a conversation with Paul Woodadge about his book Angels of Mercy. Paul is an author, filmmaker and battlefield guide. He launched the popular YouTube channel WW2TV, where he interviews esteemed historians live from around the world, five days a wee…
 
Explore Bonus Video Content and More on the Point of the Spear Youtube Channel. Jump on the mailing list. Twice monthly receive our Insider email Newsletter. Join Robert Child for a conversation with Linda Hervieux about her book Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day’s Black Heroes. Linda is an journalist and photographer whose work has appeared in …
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Katherine Pangonis about her new book Queens of Jerusalem. Pangonis specializes in the medieval world of the Mediterranean and the middle east. She holds master's degrees in literature and history from Oxford University and University College London. Her focus is on rewriting the voices of women into…
 
When we think of the allied war effort it is all too easy to overlook some of the junior partners. In this episode, we are going to be looking at Mexico’s commitment to the Second World War. The Mexican Expeditionary Airforce would serve in the Philippines as the 201st Fighter Squadron known as the ‘Aztec Eagles’. I’m Joined by Walter Zapotoczny wh…
 
Join Robert Child for a narrative special. Weather and Warfare dramatically retraces the meteorological forces during battlefield engagements that doomed or saved civilizations. In 1588 more than half of the Spanish Armada, on its way around northern Britain, was destroyed by storms in retreat back to Spain. Napoleon's attack on Russia was stopped …
 
Join Robert Child in February on Point of the Spear when he welcomes many outstanding guests including authors Katherine Pangonis, Queens of Jerusalem, and Paul Woodadge, Angels of Mercy. In addition and #1, NYT Bestselling author Mark Greaney will be here to talk about his new military thriller, Sierra Six. Also in February, we will be celebrating…
 
Join Robert Child for part-two of his conversation with author Allene Carter. Allene is a self-taught researcher and union activist who has been featured in a number of media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, and on the Netflix series Medal of Honor. Her father-in-law was Sgt. Edward Carter and she single-handedly le…
 
In September 1944 a young Marine name Eugene Sledge landed on the Pacific Island of Peleliu. As a mortarman, stretcher-bearer and rifleman Sledge would fight his way across Peleliu then the Japanese island of Okinawa, arguably two of the fiercest and filthiest battles of the Pacific campaign. After the war, Eugene Sledge became a professor at Monte…
 
Join Robert Child for the first of a two-part conversation with author Allene Carter. Allene is a self-taught researcher and union activist who has been featured in a number of media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, the Washington Post, and on the Netflix series Medal of Honor. Her father-in-law was Sgt. Edward Carter and she single-han…
 
Join Robert Child kicking off season two of Point of the Spear for a conversation with author Solace Wales. The author's interest in WWII era Italy was sparked at age 19 when she was a Smith College Junior Year Abroad Student in Siena & Florence. After college she had a long career as a children’s art educator. Her current book is called Braided in…
 
January kicks off Season Two of Point of the Spear and the focus is on the black Medal of Honor recipients of WWII to celebrate my book Immortal Valor, which comes out this month. We have authors coming to the program including Solace Wales and Allene Carter who have also written about the black Medal of Honor recipients. Later in the month we have…
 
George S Patton Junior starred as an Olympic athlete in the 1912 Stockholm games. In 1916 under John J. Pershing Patton joined the Mexican Expedition against the paramilitary forces of Mexican revolutionary Francisco "Pancho" Villa. When the US entered the First World War Patton joined the new Tank Corps and commanded the U.S. tank school in France…
 
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