Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II
Best-selling author Adam Makos celebrated the launch of his new book, Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II, at the USS Constitution Museum. Through extensive interviews with World War II Veteran Clarence Smoyer, the book tells the riveting story of this American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich.
Clarence Smoyer began the war as a gentle giant, a factory worker from Pennsylvania coal country reluctant to unleash the power of the Sherman tank he crewed. But as his tank platoon fought its way across Europe, into Germany, and he watched his friends cut down one by one, he learned to kill with deadly accuracy and efficiency, in a new state-of-the-art Pershing tank that spearheaded the way forward. His fight would climax in Cologne, in the shadow of the great cathedral, where he took a shot immortalized in a chance film clip—and where he would later forge a friendship with the German tanker he faced in a dramatic duel.
By: Adam Makos
Hardcover: 416 pages.