Tank gunner Clarence Smoyer

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Print Size: 32" x 22.5"
All prints sold unframed

"Spearhead"
March 6, 1945 - Cologne

a fine art print by

Months after landing in Normandy, the men of the Third Armored Division have become the first to conquer a major German city since Napoleon.

A day prior, the tankers had heard their commander: “Gentlemen, I give you Cologne. Let’s knock the hell out of it!”

With armored infantry clearing the flanks, this M26 Pershing, "Eagle 7," led the charge, defeating a Panzer IV, then a Panther tank at the cathedral. Now, they’ve reached the Rhine.

As the Shermans circle around, Cpl. Clarence Smoyer draws SSgt. Bob Early’s attention to the German heartland across the river. It’s time to radio back to headquarters: “Cologne is in American hands.”

LESS THAN HALF REMAIN!

Only 100 numbered prints, signed by artist
Gareth Hector and 5 veterans:

- Clarence Smoyer, the "hero of Cologne," who
knocked out the Panther at the cathedral!

- Buck Marsh, armored infantryman who fought in
Cologne & rode Clarence's Pershing into battle.


- Joe Caserta, E-Co. Sherman commander
who fought in the same platoon as Clarence.

- "Hell on Wheels" Sherman drivers & FURY consultants George Smilanich & Ray Stewart!

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:
- Photos from 1945 Cologne to frame with your print
- Pin representing Clarence's regiment
-
Color certificate of authenticity

All prints are sold unframed

Only 280 numbered prints, signed by
artist Gareth Hector and 2 veterans:

- Clarence Smoyer, the "hero of Cologne," who
knocked out the Panther at the cathedral!


- Joe Caserta, E-Co. Sherman commander
who fought in the same platoon as Clarence.

ALSO INCLUDES:
-
Color certificate of authenticity

All prints are sold unframed

SOLD OUT!

Only 100 numbered prints, signed by artist
Gareth Hector. Includes 7 veteran signatures: Clarence Smoyer, Frank Audiffred, Buck Marsh, John Irwin, Joe Caserta, George Smilanich & Ray Stewart.

ALSO INCLUDES:
- Photos from 1945 Cologne
to frame with your print
- Pins representing Clarence
& Buck's regiments
-
Color COA

All prints are sold unframed

45 canvas giclees will be for sale by Valor Studios in the future. A Signer Proof edition of 100 prints exists for print signers and helpers.
Watch the "Spearhead" trailer that features film of Clarence in combat!
   
A brilliant collection of rare signatures from . . .
The stars of the 3rd Armored Division, whose story is told in the bestselling book Spearhead
Their brothers in arms of the 2nd Armored Division, who consulted on the film Fury
Joe Caserta
Joe served as a driver and commander in Shermans alongside Frank & Clarence in E-Co.. Joe was wounded during the assault on Blatzheim and appears in the book Spearhead.
John Irwin
John served as a gunner in Shermans and later on the T26E4 "Super Pershing." He is the author of Another Tank, Another Town and is mentioned in the book Spearhead.
Malcolm "Buck" Marsh
Buck served as a "Blitz Dough" with A-Co., 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, riding Clarence's Pershing into battle at Paderborn. Buck is a main character in the book Spearhead.
Frank Audiffred
Nicknamed "Cajun Boy," Frank served as a gunner and commander in M4 Shermans alongside Clarence & Joe Caserta in Easy Company. (Signature comes with Publisher Proof only)

Ray Stewart
Ray served as a tank driver in the 2nd Armored division, from Normandy to the Bulge and beyond. He served as a consultant on the movie Fury.

Clarence Smoyer
First a loader, then a gunner, Clarence fought in Shermans until his crew was given the new Pershing tank. He is one of the heroes featured in the book Spearhead.

George Smilanich
George served as a tank driver in the 2nd Armored division, from North Africa to Sicily to Normandy and beyond. He served as a consultant on the movie Fury.
Artist Nick Trudgian
GARETH HECTOR

Born in 1973, Gareth found an early passion for painting and military history while growing up in Scotland.

He would go on to a successful career in the world of computer animation and digital painting, working on projects such as Medal of Honor, Doctor Who, and Halo.

In the aviation art field, Gareth's work most frequently appeared on the cover of Osprey publishing's aircraft books and on aviation magazines spanning Aviation History to Aeroplane.

In 2010, Gareth dusted off his oil paints and returned to his love of traditional painting after a 15 year hiatus.

Since his rebirth as an oil painter, his original paintings have found their way into the collections of the CIA, RAF and Marine fighter squadrons, and in private homes across the globe.

THE rising star in the world of military artwork, we're proud to bring "Spearhead" to you now and look forward to bringing you more stunning works by Gareth in the coming future!
Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
Cindy Buervenich, Sherry Herringshaw, Susan Smilanich & the veterans who made this print possible.