D-Day Timeline

So, did anything big happen on this date? Yep. 0630 hours—Omaha Beach At H-Hour, 0630 in the morning the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions land the first waves of troops under heavy fire resulting in massive casualties. The first waves are relentlessly cut down by German machine gun and mortar fire. Company A of the 116th Regiment of the 29th More …

D-Day

It was 69 years ago today. Points and Figures pays tribute to D-Day veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Walt Ehlers: On this day 69 years ago, he went ashore in the “back half of the first wave” at Normandy’s Omaha Beach. The 12 men under his care survived that day. But, Walt’s brother, Roland, passed away just up the beach.  More …

John Piper is Not Happy about Women in Combat

The Pentagon has decided to allow women in combat units, and John Piper, to put it mildly, is not too keen on the idea: If I were the last man on the planet to think so, I would want the honor of saying no woman should go before me into combat to defend my country. A man who endorses women More …

A Just Isolationism

Christians debate over the requirements for a “just war“–the circumstances that would have to exist to justify a nation’s use of violence. But what are the requirements for a just abandonment of war? I mean, let’s say you’ve decided to engage in a war for reasons that you’ve determined are just. Under what circumstances, short of victory, would you finally More …

Eisenhower’s D-Day Speech

From combat historian S. L. A. Marshall, First Wave at Omaha Beach.