Adam Makos, Spearhead

Adam Makos, Spearhead

Spearhead tells 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.

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 into modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time.

Adam Makos is the author of The New York Times bestseller A Higher Call, and the critically acclaimed Devotion. Inspired by his grandfathers’ service, Makos chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark fusion of intense human drama and fast-paced military action, securing his place "in the top ranks of military writers," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Admission for lectures is $10 general public, $5 for members, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted.

Get Tickets

×