The New York Times bestselling 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 he 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, he and his crew are given a new weapon: the Pershing, a super tank. But with it comes a new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. That's how Clarence 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 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.
Story Locale: WWII Europe
Publication History: Ballantine HC (02/19) Macmillan Publishers | Adult Only Winter 2020
Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books, May 2020
Product Dimensions: 9.3 L × 6.1 W × 0 H
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