Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II

Spearhead An American Tank Gunner His Enemy and a Collision of Lives In World War II From the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting story of an American tank gunner s journey into the heart of the Third Reich where he will meet destiny in

  • Title: Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II
  • Author: Adam Makos
  • ISBN: 0804176728
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting 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 fro From the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting 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 Ard 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 came 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 into modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable to face his enemy, one last time Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 416 pages Expected publication February 19th 2019 by Ballantine Books More Details ISBN 0804176728 ISBN13 9780804176729 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Spearhead, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters Best WWII Fiction and Biography 473 books 601 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 28, 2018 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing Recommends it for history buffs, particularly WWII and military history Shelves arc random house b, blogged, history, military history, net galley, memoirs biographies autobio, to review arc feb, nonfiction, reviewed, primary sources I read this historical gem free and early, thanks to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine it s among the top ten percent of the military histories I have read, and it s one of the few that I have recommended to friends and relatives Makos s introduction tells us what he has done to lay his groundwork, and it s impressive We traversed the battlefields of the Third Reich with the men who made history In 2013 Clarence Smoyer and three other veterans traveled to Germany and allowed us to tag a I read this historical gem free and early, thanks to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine it s among the top ten percent of the military histories I have read, and it s one of the few that I have recommended to friends and relatives Makos s introduction tells us what he has done to lay his groundwork, and it s impressive We traversed the battlefields of the Third Reich with the men who made history In 2013 Clarence Smoyer and three other veterans traveled to Germany and allowed us to tag along, to interview them on the grounds where they had once fought We recorded their stories We recorded what they remembered saying and hearing others say Then we verified their accounts with deep research We drew from four archives in America and one in England We even traveled to the German Bundesarchiv in the Black Forest in search of answers And what we found was staggering Original orders Rare interviews between our heroes and war reporters, conducted while the battle was raging Radio logs of our tank commanders chatter, allowing us to time their actions to the minute Is the world ready for a book about tanks There s one way to find out Shut the hatches Tighten your chin strap It s time to roll out Spearhead is equal parts memoir and history, and Makos is known for using a You are there writing style, though he is new to me He writes about the most riveting parts of their service there, and though each of these four men starts the war in a different place, at the end they are joined together when they reach Cologne The congenial narrative is enhanced with photographs of the men then and now, along with pictures of other men they served with, some of whom made it out alive as well as many that didn t, or who survived the war but emerged crippled There is a great deal of comfort, when reading a tale that must include so much carnage, in knowing from the get go that Clarence Smoyers, Buck Marsh, Gustav Schaefer, Chuck Miller, and Frank Audifred will survive There are a lot of names and faces, and here I was grateful to be reading digitally on Kindle, because I could use the search book feature to quickly regain the identity of participants I couldn t recall when they came up again There are some poignant moments after all, they were really just kids Sometimes they made it through battle because their commanders made wise decisions sometimes they lived on in spite of incompetent or negligent commanders and sometimes they found themselves in command I never knew much about how tanks are operated I believed that the guy whose head sometimes pokes up out of the hatch was the driver that s not so And I had never given any thought to where the tankers sleep at night, or where they go to the bathroom And the scandalous lack of safety for the men in Sherman tanks wasn t clear to me till I read that the British called the Sherman the Tommy cooker, the free Poles named it a burning grave, and Americans called it a crematorium on wheels Ultimately this made it into the press when journalist Ann Stringer reprinted the comment that Our tanks are not worth a drop of water on a hot stove The Pershing tank would be a tremendous improvement, and would be largely responsible for keeping our veterans alive to tell about it There are some amazing high tech photographs and diagrams that were unavailable during this conflict I went back to them several times as I became acquainted with the lives of the men inside them The maps could be better, but then you can t have everything For those interested in World War II military history, or for those that read war memoirs, Spearhead is hard to beat You can also visit the author s website at AdamMakos This book will be available to the public February 12, 2019 Highly recommended flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 James rated it it was amazing First, I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review This review is 100% my opinion and has not been unduly influenced in any way.Summary The description provided by the publisher states that Spearhead is 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 They could not be accurate and succinct.Initial Thoughts I like Adam First, I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review This review is 100% my opinion and has not been unduly influenced in any way.Summary The description provided by the publisher states that Spearhead is 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 They could not be accurate and succinct.Initial Thoughts I like Adam I have read two of his other works and must admit that seeing his name as the author was enough for me to get excited If you have read and enjoyed any of his previous works, you will enjoy Spearhead With that disclosure of a minor man crush, I must admit that I had little desire to read about a tank gunner, even with my strong fascination with world war 2.Review Clarance, the gunner we follow, is an amazing character and Adam does an excellent job of bringing the realities of the situations faced by Clarance to life The fear, the loss of friends, the cold and the suffering were all well presented The story and the other characters, the men Clarance served with, were equally fascinating and by the time the book was over I was invested enough that I wanted to know what happened to those who survived.I probably should have paid attention to the full description from the publisher before I read the book because when the war ends in the book there is still a fair amount of reading left to do When I got to the end of the war, I thought to myself what a great war story, why are there so many pages left Little did I know that the most powerful part of the story was yet to come The heart of the story and what really makes this book special is what happened after the war I won t spoil it for you, but I am always amazed at how great the greatest generation is and was And I am grateful for authors like Adam who do their best to bring history and humanity to life.I don t want to tell you about the story, I want you to read the words as written by Adam It will be worth it flag 3 likesLike see review Cathy Gibson How does one become a rviewer Jan 29, 2019 12 07PM James Cathy wrote How does one become a rviewer I signed up ate netgalley Jan 30, 2019 06 52AM Jan 17, 2019 Rick rated it liked it Shelves world war ii, giveaway reads First off full disclosure I received this book in a GR Giveaway and am grateful for the chance to review it In sum, I liked this book not as much as his A Higher Call but liked it just the same Makos schtick seems to be to tell a very engaging war story and to tie together characters from both sides of the conflict at some point He weaved that tale wonderfully in A Higher Call, but falls a bit short here For my taste, the first half of Spearhead has a bit too much made up dial First off full disclosure I received this book in a GR Giveaway and am grateful for the chance to review it In sum, I liked this book not as much as his A Higher Call but liked it just the same Makos schtick seems to be to tell a very engaging war story and to tie together characters from both sides of the conflict at some point He weaved that tale wonderfully in A Higher Call, but falls a bit short here For my taste, the first half of Spearhead has a bit too much made up dialogue, but the author stopped that after awhile so the distraction ended I feel the tale would have worked just fine without the forced re connection of the opposing characters at the end it just seemed a bit too contrived As a pure and straightforward tank story, this tale was very interesting it is a bit like Brad Pitt s movie FURY.Makos sure knows how to tell a story and he does that very nicely here We learn a bit about tanks and the prevailing tank situation in WWII, and we learn a bit about the characters in this particular tank All in all this was a nice tale, and a well told one flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 13, 2018 Ron rated it it was amazing Shelves biography, history, military, netgalley, world war 2 Tank versus tank Pershing versus Panther And caught on film No, this is not a war movie, rather this is a World War II tale worth making into a movie Adam Makos met with Clarence Smoyer in 2012 and that launched a journey that led to this book.Clarence Smoyer was a tank gunner in the 3rd Ard Division lead by General Rose He came ashore in France 3 weeks after D Day as a loader and was promoted to gunner in a Sherman tank in August As the book opens, the 3rd Ard Division was laying Tank versus tank Pershing versus Panther And caught on film No, this is not a war movie, rather this is a World War II tale worth making into a movie Adam Makos met with Clarence Smoyer in 2012 and that launched a journey that led to this book.Clarence Smoyer was a tank gunner in the 3rd Ard Division lead by General Rose He came ashore in France 3 weeks after D Day as a loader and was promoted to gunner in a Sherman tank in August As the book opens, the 3rd Ard Division was laying an ambush for the German army trying to escape France at Mons, Belgium A German tank pulled in next to Clarence s tank during the night and the fight was on The fight continued through the Battle of the Bulge, receiving a Pershing, the conquest of Cologne which included a one on one between a Panther and a Pershing, and the attack at Paderborn against the German Panzer Training Cadre.But this is not just the tale of Clarence and his exploits It is also the tale of Gustav Schaefer German tank crewman , Buck Marsh infantry scout in 3rd Ard Division , and Chuck Miller officer from 3rd Ard Division Their stories are entwined with Clarence during the war and afterwards when in 2013 all four met in Cologne, Germany, to discuss what happened there and the influence that had on their lives since.In Spearhead, Adam Markos delivers a well written World War II account of action from the 3rd Ard Division illustrated with pictures of the participants and maps of the battles the author also researched the details given by the individuals to verify details A very interesting read Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to read this title flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Lydia rated it it was amazing I am convinced Adam Makos has another blockbuster on his hands It was simply spectacular I am also really glad I had the opportunity to see the trailer before the book arrived I felt as if I knew Clarence already The author made this frightening time of history so easy to follow and understand which will make it all the readable to those of us and I know there will be many who know nothing of tank warfare and never really thought it would ever be anything that could possibly be I am convinced Adam Makos has another blockbuster on his hands It was simply spectacular I am also really glad I had the opportunity to see the trailer before the book arrived I felt as if I knew Clarence already The author made this frightening time of history so easy to follow and understand which will make it all the readable to those of us and I know there will be many who know nothing of tank warfare and never really thought it would ever be anything that could possibly be interesting about it I was fascinated from beginning to end I do not know how Adam Makos is able to come up with not just one Higher Call , then two Devotion , now THREE Spearhead incredible pieces of history that have and will continue to fascinate everyone I can t wait until Spearhead is published so that I can hand sell it to my customers it will not be difficult, given his reputation flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Jaime rated it it was amazing Incredible story Despite being a history major, I had never read much about the experience of the men fighting in tanks during World War 2 This books gives excellent insight into their harrowing experience while telling one man s story of bravery, regret, and redemption flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 21, 2018 Elaine rated it it was amazing Thank you net galley for the advance read copy of this novel This was an excellent job fiction account of tank warfare towards the end of WWII This is not my typical genre but I very much enjoyed this book It read like an action film rather than just facts and figures of who did what when I highly recommend this for history buffs and for my fellow historical fiction readers Well written, face paced and emotionally rewarding flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Tony Hedrick rated it it was amazing Overall this is a well researched book that makes good on the author s promise of making the reader feel as if they are almost there in the turret The thing that makes this a great book that deserves five stars is that Mr Makos included the final two chapters Living and dealing with the mental wounds from war is the greatest battle for many combat veterans and is, unfortunately, often left out I will highly recommend this book to my brother and sisters in arms flag 1 likeLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Glenn Coltharp rated it it was amazing I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group Ballantine through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own 5 easy This is a true story of WWII tankers and doughboys involved in the Spearhead assaults against the German war machine and it is riveting The book also takes into account the perspective from a German tanker that brings the book full circle as the soldiers lives become forever intertwined If you enjoy reading WWII b I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group Ballantine through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own 5 easy This is a true story of WWII tankers and doughboys involved in the Spearhead assaults against the German war machine and it is riveting The book also takes into account the perspective from a German tanker that brings the book full circle as the soldiers lives become forever intertwined If you enjoy reading WWII books that follow the lives of real soldiers and real battles, this book is for you In fact, there s video documentary film about some of the battles the author describes on his website that you can view after reading The book is very well written for the reader to draw a picture in their minds of the battles The suspense pulls you in and you can almost feel yourself there thanks to the writer s descriptions Here s an example of a passage that characterizes the authors talent that really stuck out to me Without a fuss, DeRiggi switched to an HE shell and Clarence sent the projectile flying toward the clock The 23 pound shell landed smack in the middle of the clock s face The tower ruptured with a sidelong blast as bits of clock and brick came tumbling down, generating a massive cloud of dust The crew roared in approval as Clarence smirked at the sight of the truncated tower He had been half hoping to hear a giant chime In the opening shot of the battle for Cologne, time stood still Another few things that really stood out to me are 1 The amount of research it must have taken to bring this book together It s quite Herculean the energy that had to be put into this It s so well done you can tell the author didn t cut corners in getting his info 2 The afterword and the story about how some of the people from the book reunite is wonderful 3 The maps included in the book to help describe battles were extremely helpful I want to point out for the author publisher that there was an error in my copy of the book that looks to be a misprint Hopefully, this is just in the ARC version I received by email but as hard as the author worked on this book I m sure he wants it right It s listed below 1 location 2490 The HE shell blasted the German soldier straight through the through the house he was standing in flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Dianne Castelli rated it it was amazing I received an advanced copy in exchange for an unbiased review.International bestselling author, Adam Makos has delivered another blockbuster Another true World War II story, that is sure to be a bestseller We meet Clarence Smoyer, a Pennsylvania boy, in the US Army s 3rd Ard Division nicknamed Spearhead , who was the deadly accurate tank gunner of his Sherman tank, and later the tank gunner of the army s new top secret M 26 Pershing tank We follow Clarence, and the men he served with I received an advanced copy in exchange for an unbiased review.International bestselling author, Adam Makos has delivered another blockbuster Another true World War II story, that is sure to be a bestseller We meet Clarence Smoyer, a Pennsylvania boy, in the US Army s 3rd Ard Division nicknamed Spearhead , who was the deadly accurate tank gunner of his Sherman tank, and later the tank gunner of the army s new top secret M 26 Pershing tank We follow Clarence, and the men he served with, through the battlefields of Europe, and we really get to know them their backgrounds, their friendships, the hardships they endured, their fears, their hopes for the future, and their courage in battle The 1945 battle for Cologne, between Clarence s M 26 Pershing, and the enemy, Gustav Schafer s, Panther tank, just happened to be caught on film by a US Army cameraman That film, when discovered years later, led Clarence back to Cologne, 70 years after that battle, to meet the enemy, Gustav Schafer, and to learn the truth of what really happened that fateful day I am pleased to give Spearhead a five star rating Buy the book It s a great read flag Like see review Jan 24, 2019 Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves 2019, history I received this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review I first heard about this book through a CNN article I read the article, and was immediately intrigued, so I found the book on and put it on my want to read shelf, a few days later it came up in a giveaway and I won Anyways, I really enjoyed this book I enjoy reading history books and WWII books, but I had yet to read a novel from a tank gunner perspective or about what they faced in the war so it w I received this book through a giveaway in exchange for an honest review I first heard about this book through a CNN article I read the article, and was immediately intrigued, so I found the book on and put it on my want to read shelf, a few days later it came up in a giveaway and I won Anyways, I really enjoyed this book I enjoy reading history books and WWII books, but I had yet to read a novel from a tank gunner perspective or about what they faced in the war so it was nice to learn It was quick and easy to read, and it kept me interested the entire time My only small complaint would be I expected of Gustav s point of view I understand this is an American story, but I would have liked to read of what he had to say flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Elizabeth Marie rated it it was amazing This book is full of hidden gems beyond all that s promised on the dust jacket copy There s Ann Stringer, the intrepid war reporter pushing her luck with Eisenhower because of how close she comes to the front lines There s also the storyline of Anne Marie Berghoff, the teenage German fraulein trapped between the lines who experiences a brief romance with Buck Marsh, one of the protagonists How often does a war book take you from our side American to the German soldier side and then to the f This book is full of hidden gems beyond all that s promised on the dust jacket copy There s Ann Stringer, the intrepid war reporter pushing her luck with Eisenhower because of how close she comes to the front lines There s also the storyline of Anne Marie Berghoff, the teenage German fraulein trapped between the lines who experiences a brief romance with Buck Marsh, one of the protagonists How often does a war book take you from our side American to the German soldier side and then to the female civilian side, offering a multi camera glimpse into the lives of young people trying to stay alive in the same battle 5 stars Thank you to net galley for providing me with an early edition flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Karyn Roelke rated it it was amazing What a riveting, beautifully written account of WWII tank crews in the waning months of the war Author Adam Makos beautifully draws us in to the hardship, the harrowing battles, and the camaraderie between the members of the tank crews on both sides of the conflict I was moved by the humanity of these heroes amid the destruction and devastation they witnessed, and our how our hero Clarence comes to grips with his guilt and his nightmares A fantastic book and a must read for anyone interested What a riveting, beautifully written account of WWII tank crews in the waning months of the war Author Adam Makos beautifully draws us in to the hardship, the harrowing battles, and the camaraderie between the members of the tank crews on both sides of the conflict I was moved by the humanity of these heroes amid the destruction and devastation they witnessed, and our how our hero Clarence comes to grips with his guilt and his nightmares A fantastic book and a must read for anyone interested in WWII history flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Jayne rated it really liked it Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MANot my genre, at all, but this will be another bestseller for Makos The agonies of war faced by young men on both sides are related in a fair and humane book.Well told, mechanical speak not so technical that it was impossible to understand I enjoyed it flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Ken Kapcha rated it it was amazing I received an advanced copy of it in exchange for an unbiased review.Congratulations Adam Makos This is a great book sure to be a bestseller I would give it than five stars, if I could It was a riveting story I couldn t put it down And I have already purchased several advance copies to give as gifts flag Like see review Dec 19, 2018 M rated it it was amazing It was a good read flag Like see review Oct 26, 2018 Julianne Bailey rated it really liked it I m a fan of this author s works, and was excited to receive a copy from netgalley Once again, The author brings reality and humanity to his book, making you feel as if you re in the ground with the soldiers and facing their constant difficult choices with them He excels at humanizing the men he writes about and focusing on them as people instead of just their military actions Another great read for history buffs My father will be receiving a copy for Christmas for sure Thank you netgalley I m a fan of this author s works, and was excited to receive a copy from netgalley Once again, The author brings reality and humanity to his book, making you feel as if you re in the ground with the soldiers and facing their constant difficult choices with them He excels at humanizing the men he writes about and focusing on them as people instead of just their military actions Another great read for history buffs My father will be receiving a copy for Christmas for sure Thank you netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 CANDY rated it it was amazing i enjoyed this book as it is written with true encounters of actual events I enjoyed the pictures so I could put a face with the printed word I would read this author again flag Like see review Sara Lanctot rated it it was amazing Nov 16, 2018 Tara rated it it was amazing Jan 30, 2019 Glenn rated it did not like it Jan 29, 2019 Ruth Sim rated it really liked it Jan 29, 2019 Bryan Makos rated it it was amazing Jan 29, 2019 Donnalee Clubb rated it did 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      Hailed as A masterful storyteller by the Associated Press, Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times bestseller, A Higher Call, and the critically acclaimed, Devotion. Inspired by his grandfathers service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark You Are There style, landing him in the top ranks of military writers, according to the Los Angeles Times. In pursui Hailed as A masterful storyteller by the Associated Press, Adam Makos is the author of the New York Times bestseller, A Higher Call, and the critically acclaimed, Devotion. Inspired by his grandfathers service, Adam chronicles the stories of American veterans in his trademark You Are There style, landing him in the top ranks of military writers, according to the Los Angeles Times. In pursuit of a story, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman

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    1. I read this historical gem free and early, thanks to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine it s among the top ten percent of the military histories I have read, and it s one of the few that I have recommended to friends and relatives Makos s introduction tells us what he has done to lay his groundwork, and it s impressive We traversed the battlefields of the Third Reich with the men who made history In 2013 Clarence Smoyer and three other veterans traveled to Germany and allowed us to tag a I r [...]


    2. First, I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review This review is 100% my opinion and has not been unduly influenced in any way.Summary The description provided by the publisher states that Spearhead is 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 They could not be accurate and succinct.Initial Thoughts I like Adam First, [...]


    3. First off full disclosure I received this book in a GR Giveaway and am grateful for the chance to review it In sum, I liked this book not as much as his A Higher Call but liked it just the same Makos schtick seems to be to tell a very engaging war story and to tie together characters from both sides of the conflict at some point He weaved that tale wonderfully in A Higher Call, but falls a bit short here For my taste, the first half of Spearhead has a bit too much made up dial First off full dis [...]


    4. Tank versus tank Pershing versus Panther And caught on film No, this is not a war movie, rather this is a World War II tale worth making into a movie Adam Makos met with Clarence Smoyer in 2012 and that launched a journey that led to this book.Clarence Smoyer was a tank gunner in the 3rd Ard Division lead by General Rose He came ashore in France 3 weeks after D Day as a loader and was promoted to gunner in a Sherman tank in August As the book opens, the 3rd Ard Division was laying Tank versus ta [...]


    5. I am convinced Adam Makos has another blockbuster on his hands It was simply spectacular I am also really glad I had the opportunity to see the trailer before the book arrived I felt as if I knew Clarence already The author made this frightening time of history so easy to follow and understand which will make it all the readable to those of us and I know there will be many who know nothing of tank warfare and never really thought it would ever be anything that could possibly be I am convinced A [...]


    6. Incredible story Despite being a history major, I had never read much about the experience of the men fighting in tanks during World War 2 This books gives excellent insight into their harrowing experience while telling one man s story of bravery, regret, and redemption.


    7. Thank you net galley for the advance read copy of this novel This was an excellent job fiction account of tank warfare towards the end of WWII This is not my typical genre but I very much enjoyed this book It read like an action film rather than just facts and figures of who did what when I highly recommend this for history buffs and for my fellow historical fiction readers Well written, face paced and emotionally rewarding


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