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The cost to subscribe to the “D-Day and the Providence of God: The Virtual Tour and Online Course,” is $59, which gives you access to video field reports from Europe and our “A Final Farewell” celebration, our special bonus series “Christianity and Culture,” and of course, our seven online episodes from D-Day and the Providence of God, complete with study questions and a downloadable certificate of completion.
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In Episode 1, we learn that the Second World War, and D-Day itself, occurred in a broader context than simply a great military conflict, as did the philosophies, alliances, rules of engagement, and military and political decisions that drove the war and its many battles. Adolf Hitler and his worldview (though taken to a horrific extreme) were ultimately an extension of key religious commitments which came to define the modern world in the 20th century. Winston Churchill represented very different commitments, those which emerged from an ancient order associated with the ethics of Christendom. In the end, the Second World War and the 20th century itself must be evaluated on the basis of the theology which drove the men and movements of that time.
In Episode 2, we will study the foolishness of appeasement in the context of the conquest of Europe by Hitler, and seek to understand the providential meaning and relationship of the Allies’ early defeats at Dunkirk and Dieppe to their ultimate success on D-Day. Our strategic overview will take us from the Battle of Britain to the introduction of the United States into the War after Pearl Harbor, to North Africa/Sicily, and ultimately to the foundations of D-Day.
Episode 3 presents a fascinating study of a biblical perspective on leadership during the Second World War. We will examine the character and leadership skills of eight key decision-makers in the European theater of war—President Roosevelt, General Eisenhower, General Bradley, General Patton, Winston Churchill, General Montgomery, General Rommel, and Adolf Hitler. We will note the differences between bold confidence in a holy outcome and leading through courage and trust, and leadership styles which are dependent on fear and intimidation. And we will see how all of these issues were decisive in Normandy on June 6, 1944 as D-Day operations commenced.
Episode 4 evaluates the ethics of spying in wartime and the specific operations of Allied forces to confuse the enemy. Special emphasis is placed on the "ultra secret" and the many remarkable providences of God in concealing the efforts of the Allies during D-Day. We will also examine General Patton’s shadow army and the true story of the courageous French underground resistance.
Episode 5 focuses on one of the most compelling elements of the D-Day story: the decision to go. Here we understand both the power of the Lord to control weather and direct the course of human events, and the unique preparation of General Eisenhower for this one moment in time. Also, from a providential, historical perspective, the decision to go takes place in the context of an amazing series of events within the camp of the enemy, including mistakes, decisions and indecisions, and confused reports, and the handicapping of Rommel’s efforts by the high command.
Episode 6 turns our attention to the men of D-Day. Here we begin to understand important lessons about manhood and courage as we look at the sacrifice of the U. S. Infantry on Utah Beach with the 4th Division, and the 1st and 29th Divisions on Omaha Beach; the British Infantry’s sacrifice on Gold Beach with its 50th Division and on Sword Beach with its 3rd Division, the Canadians’ sacrifice at June Beach with its 3rd Division, and the US 82nd & 101st Airborne Divisions which dropped inland of Utah Beach in the pre-dawn hours of the invasion. We will remember the story of the Bedford Boys, the Band of Brothers, and Medal of Honor recipients, and the stories of Ted Roosevelt, Jr., Carleton Barrett, Jimmy Montieth, Jr., John J. Pinder, Jr., and, of course, the Rangers of Pointe du Hoc.