An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and A Collision of Lives in World War II

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"Clarence Smoyer began the war as a gentle giant, a factory worker from Pennsylvania coal country reluctant to unleash the power of the Sherman tank he crewed. But as his tank platoon fought its way from Normandy to the Rhine and beyond, and he watched his friends cut down one by one, he learned to kill with deadly accuracy and efficiency. His fight would climax in Cologne, in the shadow of the great cathedral, where he took a shot immortalized by a chance photograph--and where he would later forge a friendship with the German tanker he tragically dueled soon after."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780804176729
Branch Call Number: 940.54127 Smoye -M
Characteristics: xiii, 393 pages : illustrations, maps


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Sep 13, 2019

Excellent writing to bring the facts of the tank division in WW2 alive. The author's research and working with the actual veterans was key. One of the best books I have read recently!

Aug 20, 2019

Follows a U.S. tank gunner in the final year of WW2 through France and into Germany, first in a Sherman tank and later in a new Pershing. Well written and very informative with photographs and maps. Highly recommended.

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