Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

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

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

The public is invited to a book talk by Adam Makos, author of Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II, on Monday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill.

Spearhead chronicles the true story of legendary tank gunner Clarence Smoyer, a reluctant warrior-turned-crack shot, tasked with leading the U.S. Army into its biggest urban battle of the European War, the fight for Germany’s “Fortress City,” Cologne. Spearhead also goes into the dirt with Auburn native and alum Buck Marsh, the young armored infantryman fighting to clear a path for Clarence’s tank. Makos also includes a view from the other side, by dropping readers into the boots of Gustav Schaefer, the teenage German tanker sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans. In the rubble of Cologne these lives will collide, leaving after-shocks that will resonate into modern day when Clarence and Buck attempt the unthinkable for World War II veterans: a return to the city of their nightmares to face their old 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. In the course of his research, Makos has flown a World War II bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and journeyed into North Korea in search of an MIA American airman. 

The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments. Space is limited. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben Street, Auburn. For more information on the program, call 334-844-4903 or visit www.auburn.edu/cah

Last Updated: February 22, 2019