Spearhead - Adam Makos


By Adam Makos

  • Release Date: 2019-02-19
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 556 Ratings



“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.”
—Associated Press  


  • Outstanding!

    By love1112344
    Must read.
  • A great read!

    By Don Andrews
    It’s been a long time since I have enjoyed a book this much- maybe never. And I read a lot of books! Unlike some true accounts of WW2, this powerful piece never slows down with names of every soldier or officer in the armed forces. What a drag that can be. However, in this account only the main characters are discussed and made very personal to the reader. And the descriptions of the tank battles and lives of the tankers is spellbinding. This author doesn’t skip a beat. I found that I literally knew nothing about what these men went through , be it the heat of battle, the horror involved in same, or the very personal emotions they experienced. The author tells the story from both sides, allied and German. The epilogue is terrific as well. Final word- Get it, Read it!
  • Spearhead

    By wakereader
    Good story
  • Best job I’ve ever had !

    By REYES19K
    Definitely one book I’m going to pass down to my gunners
  • Awesome Read

    By phatpops
    Book blends the history & human toll paid by both sides
  • ATmegaman

    By ATmegaman
    Truly one of the Best books I’ve read about the Warriors of WWII. Very Humbling! Thank you for my freedom!
  • Read This

    By mainediver218
    My father was a history teacher and I spent much of my youth reading about WWII. My life’s path did not include serving, I can only attempt to get my mind wrapped around what what it must have been like. I’ve read many many books, by many authors, Adam Makos has a gift. I read “A Higher Call” and “Spearhead” back to back over a weekend. The author has a rare gift of combining the sweep of history with the very personal stories of brave men and women on both sides of the conflict. Deeply moving stories, immersive writing, simply brilliant.
  • Spearhead by Adam Makos

    By DanP6
    One of the best accounts of World War II, through the eyes of a Tank Gunner. Unbelievable action packed drama from Normandy to the very end of the war. A permanent part of my library! Daniel Pero
  • Captivating from cover to cover

    By GrandpaBell
    This story, along with the authors other writings, have a way of bringing you right alongside the sacrifices and pain of ordinary men and women that served in World War II.
  • Great book

    By vaderispie
    Adam makos makes such great books! They all flow and make you feel like you’re there with the crew!