Back to more stories of World War II, this week I feature Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos. In Speahead, Mr. Makos brings us an intimate story of a group of men doing amazing things under the most dangerous circumstances and the bonds they share. Spearhead is a tale of unbelievable heroism that is beyond my ability to relate to – which makes it the best kind of book, especially when told in such a skillful narrative.

About Spearhead by Adam Makos:

“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.”

Spearhead by Adam Makos is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.