Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II / Adam Makos.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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 from Normandy to the Rhine and beyond, and he watched his friends cut down one by one, he learned to kill with deadly accuracy and efficiency. His fight would climax in Cologne, in the shadow of the great cathedral, where he took a shot immortalized by a chance photograph--and where he would later forge a friendship with the German tanker he tragically dueled soon after.
    • Content Notes:
      The gentle giant -- Baptism -- "Bubi" -- The fields -- The foray -- Beyond the wall -- Respite -- The fourth tank -- Hope -- Something bigger -- America's tiger -- Two miles -- Hunting -- The fire department of the west -- Going first -- Victory or Siberia -- The monster -- The conquerors -- The breakout -- The American blitz -- The fatherless -- Family -- Come out and fight -- The giant -- Getting home -- The last battle.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
    • Other Titles:
      World War II odyssey of an American tank gunner. American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II.
    • ISBN:
      9780804176729
      0804176728
    • Accession Number:
      2018039460
    • Accession Number:
      on1051778382
      1051778382
    • Accession Number:
      fay.638589
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MAKOS, A. Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II. First edition. [s. l.]: Ballantine Books, 2019. ISBN 9780804176729. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589. Acesso em: 31 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Makos A. Spearhead : An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2019. Accessed October 31, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589
    • APA:
      Makos, A. (2019). Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II (First edition.). Ballantine Books.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Makos, Adam. 2019. Spearhead : An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II. First edition. Ballantine Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589.
    • Harvard:
      Makos, A. (2019) Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II. First edition. Ballantine Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589 (Accessed: 31 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Makos, A 2019, Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II, First edition., Ballantine Books, viewed 31 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Makos, Adam. Spearhead : An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II. First edition., Ballantine Books, 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Makos, Adam. Spearhead : An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II. First edition. Ballantine Books, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Makos A. Spearhead : an American tank gunner, his enemy, and a collision of lives in World War II [Internet]. First edition. Ballantine Books; 2019 [cited 2020 Oct 31]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.638589

Reviews

LJ Reviews 2019 February #1

With his latest work, Makos (A Higher Call) follows Clarence Smoyer, a gunner with the U.S. Army's Third Armored Division, across France in the closing year of World War II. Makos offers a detailed recounting of battles, describing gory scenes of Sherman tanks hit by German Panzers, and German tanks hit by Pershing tanks. A new Pershing was given to Smoyer after multiple Sherman tanks were destroyed, killing several but sparing Smoyer. The author describes how Smoyer and his Pershing dueled with German tank commander Gustav Schraeder's Panzer. At the height of the conflict, they both fired on a speeding car, killing a grocer and his clerk trying to escape the fighting. Along with the battles and deaths of friends that haunted Smoyer, he experienced deep PTSD, although he was not diagnosed until many years later. In 2013, Smoyer met his German counterpart at the Cathedral in Cologne, where they both reflected on the demons of war. The grocer and clerk are buried next to the cathedral, and every year Smoyer puts a yellow rose on the grave. VERDICT This thorough military history is recommended for general readers and younger audiences alike.—Harry Willems, Great Bend, KS

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 January #1

Historian Makos (A Higher Call) draws on correspondence, secondary sources, and first-person testimony to tell the story of Cpl. Clarence Smoyer and his tank crew as they fought across Europe in the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Division, nicknamed "Spearhead," in WWII. Losses in the division were so high that tankers stopped naming their vehicles because they were destroyed so quickly. Stroyer's crew was one of only 20 to be selected to man the new, top-secret M-26 Pershing tanks, and it was in an M-26 that the most famous of Smoyer's exploits took place during the 1945 battle for Cologne: a one-on-one showdown against a formidable Panther tank, reminiscent of an American West gunfight, on the streets—all caught on film. Makos also includes the experience of the Panther's German crewman Gustav Schafer—and Smoyer and Schafer's latter-day meeting in the city square in Cologne; they walk the street where their tanks faced each other 70 years before. The tension, death, and courage that were everyday experiences for American tankers fill the pages of Makos's book. This moving story of bravery and comradeship is an important contribution to WWII history that will inform and fascinate both the general reader and the military historian. Agent: David Vigliano, AGI Vigliano Literary. (Feb.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.