By Adam Makos
NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, LOS ANGELES TIMES, AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER
“A band of brothers in an American tank . . . Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing’s turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of Fury.”
—The Wall Street Journal
From the author of the international bestseller A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel—and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.
When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner’s seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He’s a natural-born shooter.
At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division—“Spearhead”—thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit.
After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art “super tank,” one of twenty in the European theater.
But with it comes a harrowing new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. That’s how Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the U.S. Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the “Fortress City” of Germany.
Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans.
As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are taken by surprise by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence to the modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time.
Praise for Spearhead
“A detailed, gripping account . . . the remarkable story of two tank crewmen, from opposite sides of the conflict, who endure the grisly nature of tank warfare.”
—USA Today (four out of four stars)
“Strong and dramatic . . . Makos established himself as a meticulous researcher who’s equally adept at spinning a good old-fashioned yarn. . . . For a World War II aficionado, it will read like a dream.”
Great book5By vaderispieAdam makos makes such great books! They all flow and make you feel like you’re there with the crew!
Excellent story5By daddygrumpsWhen you think that everything about WWII has been written a book like this with a whole different take pops up. Well written and does an outstanding job of explaining what these, and all combat veterans carry for the rest of there lives. If you think war is glorious, this will change your heart.
Great story5By sandclarA real page turner. Learned a lot about tank warfare in WWII. And it’s not about the generals, but about the enlisted men doing the dirty work. Loved the book!
Outstanding5By Ajack10Great story, especially to hear the German tankers story and journey. Excellent!
Great Book5By Adamee22Absorbing book with great characters for people who love WW2 stories.
Excellent telling of Spearhead tankers and Infantry5By Red2184This was factual and engaging telling of the men who fought with the 3d Armor Division “Spearhead”. Excellent research resulted in this book accuracies which only enhances the story of the tankers and infantryment that fought from Normandy thru Cologne onto victory in WWII. We has a nation need to grateful to these living and past warriors who served us so well. Well done Adam Makos