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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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During WWII, the whole of Britain’s coastline was involved in the struggle against the Nazis. In 1940-41 invasion was the main threat. Many towns and cities around the coast, such as Plymouth, Portsmouth, Hull and Great Yarmouth, were the targets of devastating air raids. The East Coast was pivotal to North Sea operations against enemy mining and E…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with authors David and Margaret White. David White studied history at Harvard and worked as a reporter for The New York Times. Margaret White is a freelance researcher and editor of nonfiction book projects about scientific breakthroughs and how they have changed the course of history. Their book is called Wings…
 
We’ve got some outstanding guests coming in December, plus Christmas Week Specials on Point of the Spear. Click that follow button so you don’t miss a moment. Kicking off the month we follow an 82nd Airborne Division Company through their deployment and return to civilian life with author Ben Kesling. Then, the story of Philadelphia’s only Vietnam …
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Buzz Bissinger. Buzz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including the New York Times bestseller Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights, which sold two million copies and inspired the film and TV franchise. His latest book is called, The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of L…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Ethan Chorin. Ethan is a former diplomat, senior political analyst, author, and environmental entrepreneur. From 2004 to 2006, he was one of a handful of US diplomats posted to Libya to help set up a US mission. He was in Benghazi on the night of the attack in 2012 and was nominated to succeed Christ…
 
In this episode, we’re going to be looking at US Navy combat divers. The Combat Demolition Unit would land on D-Day with the first wave of troops. It was their job to clear coastal defences that might get in the way of landing craft. In the Pacific, Underwater Demolition Teams were carrying out similar tasks on islands such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa.…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Tom Clavin. Tom has worked as a newspaper editor, magazine writer, TV and radio commentator, and a reporter for The New York Times. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His latest book co-written boo…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Damien Lewis. Damien is a former war correspondent and one of the Britain’s "twenty favorite authors" as declared by World Book Day. He’s an acclaimed and award-winning author topping bestseller lists worldwide. Many of his books are currently being produced for film and television. His latest book i…
 
In late 1944, as a precursor to the invasion of the Philippines, U.S. military analysts decided to seize the small island of Peleliu to ensure that the Japanese airfield could not threaten the invasion forces. It was estimated that the island would fall in a week or so. In fact, the fighting on Peleliu would go on for 74 days. The US would pay a he…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Samuel De Korte. Samuel is a graduate of Utrecht University, where he received an MA in the Cultural History of Modern Europe. He wrote his thesis about the representation of Black Americans during the Second World War in contemporary media, indicating that although they formed a substantial part of …
 
We’ve got some outstanding guests coming up in November on Point of the Spear. Click that subscribe button so you don’t miss a moment—kicking off the month the story of Churchill’’s desperadoes, the British SAS in WWII with author Damien Lewis. Then, the epic tale of a WWII Army Ranger Battalion ordered to seize a hill from the Germans and hold it …
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Andrew Dubbins. Andrew is an award-winning journalist and author, based in Los Angeles. His work has appeared in Alta, Los Angeles magazine, The Daily Beast, Slate, and other publications. He was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2021, and several of his narrative non-fi…
 
After the failure to take Moscow in the autumn of 1941, the Germans were left with a large salient bulging into the Russian lines, extending to the town of Rzhev. The battles around Rzhev were some of the bloodiest battles of the war for the Russians. Though millions of men would fight and die in the vast tract of forests and swamps, the Rzhev Sali…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with U.S. Marine Sergeant and author Bill Bee. Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000 and served four years with Lima Company, Third Battalion Sixth Marine Regiment as an infantry rifleman. He completed multiple deployments to Afghanistan and one to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His cowritten book with Wills Robinson…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Nathalia Holt. Nathalia is the New York Times bestselling author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, The Queens of Animation, and Cured. She has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, PBS, and Time. Her book is called, Wis…
 
I seem to have had a good run of episodes this year looking at operations from the German perspective. In this episode, we are off to the Pacific to look at the Japanese perspective of the war. I'm joined by Peter Williams. Peter lived in Japan for four years. Whilst he was there, he interviewed Japanese veterans of the Second World War. His book '…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Brian Walter. Brian is a retired Army officer from a combat arms branch with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and International Relations. He has been a student of the British military during the Second World War for more than 30 years. His book is called, Blue Water War: Maritime St…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Levi Roach. Levi studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and is former fellow at St John's College also in Cambridge, He’s now senior lecturer at the University of Exeter. His book is called, Empires of the Normans: Conquerors of Europe. Watch our military history documentary, Weather and Warfare, FRE…
 
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 P…
 
We’ve got some great guests coming up in October on Point of the Spear Click that subscribe button, so you don’t miss a moment. Kicking off the month the story of a pioneering group of CIA female spies who changed the future of espionage with author Nathalia Holt. Then, the virtually unknown story of WWII Demolition Divers who became the Navy seals…
 
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…
 
Join Robert Child for a 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 Politi…
 
The evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in 1940 is one of the iconic moments of the Second World War. The miracle of the 'little ships' plucking soldiers off the beaches is regularly played out in the popular media, including the 1958 and 2017 films 'Dunkirk'. But, this is very much the British narrative. What if we turn the …
 
Join Robert Child 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 W…
 
In this episode, we are looking at the closing weeks of the war in 1945. August would see the Russians enter the war with Japan, the atomic bombs dropped, and an attempted coup in Japan. The culmination of which would be the final declaration of surrender by Japan’s Emporer Hirohito on the 15th of August, followed a couple of weeks later by the for…
 
Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Dr. Samuel Mitcham. Dr. Mitcham is a military historian who's written extensively on the Civil War South. A U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War and a Command and General Staff College graduate, he remained active in the reserves, qualifying through the rank of Major General. He's also a for…
 
Join Robert Child 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-s…
 
We've got some great guests coming up in September on Point of the Spear. Kicking off the month, Navy Seal Ben Milligan returns to the show to talk about his book, By Water Beneath the Walls. Then, outspoken former U.S. Marine Stuart Scheller stops by to discuss his new book, Crisis in Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America's Generals…
 
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…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we shine a light on the naval conflict in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. This proved to be a prolonged conflict, waged at differing times against the combined forces of Italy, Germany and Vichy France over a wide area stretching from the coastal waters of Southern Europe in the north to Madagascar in the sout…
 
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,…
 
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 Me…
 
The German offensive to capture Stalingrad began in August 1942, using Friedrich Paulus's 6th Army and elements of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by intense bombing that reduced much of the city to rubble. The battle quickly degenerated into house-to-house fighting, as both sides fought for the city on the Volga. By mid-November, the…
 
Join Robert Child for the conclusion of his 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 com…
 
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. Author Samuel Mitchum will also be here to discuss the new, Encyclopedia of Confederate Generals. 101st Airborne Vietnam veteran Larry Freeland will also come …
 
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 …
 
I've been trying to slip in an extra episode of the podcast for a while but never seem to manage it! I hope you find this interesting. Running at the Alexandra Palace Theatre this summer is Tom, Dick and Harry, a play telling the story of the great escape. I thought it might be interesting to talk about how you take a story so familiar to many of u…
 
In December 1944 the Germans launched the battle of the Bulge, their last major offensive in the west. Commencing in the depths of winter, with the hope that the weather would neutralise allied air superiority, three German armies attacked through the Ardennes. We have looked at part of the Ardennes offensive before but from the American perspectiv…
 
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