* Signers & colors may vary from above
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Print Size: 32" x 22.5"
All prints sold unframed

"Tip of the Spear"
March 6, 1945 - Cologne

a fine art print by Gareth Hector

They had answered the call. In the last hours of the last day of the battle for Cologne, a “monster” of an enemy tank had parked itself at the cathedral.

It was a Panther, the “Pride of the Wehrmacht,” and already it had knocked-out two Shermans, daring anyone else to come forward. The crew of the T26E3 named “Eagle 7” obliged them. Three shots rang out, three hits echoed, and the Panther went up in flames.

Now, the men of the Spearhead Division race to the finish line at the Rhine. White flags are waving and spoils await the victors. No crew is more deserving than the men of “Eagle 7.” They had led the way through the city. They had gone forward into history’s most famous tank duel, and they had won it. Cologne is theirs.

Only 100 limited-edition prints, signed by Gareth Hector
& includes 4 signatures of Cologne veterans:


- Clarence Smoyer, E-Co gunner of “Eagle 7,”
shown in Tip of the Spear, and hero of Spearhead.

- Harley Swenson, Stuart driver with B/32nd AR,
shown in Tip of the Spear. (separate signature)


- Buck Marsh, 36th Armored Infantry "Blitz Dough,"
featured in Spearhead. (separate signature)

- Richard Rohleder, 82nd Airborne, his division occupied Cologne & tested bazookas on the Cathedral Panther!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- Photos of the "Eagle 7" crew & Panther
- Bronze Star ribbon, like that awarded to the
crew of "Eagle 7," perfect for framing
-
Color certificate of authenticity

All prints are sold unframed

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Only 100 limited-edition prints,
signed by artist Gareth Hector and:

Clarence Smoyer, E-Co gunner of “Eagle 7,”
shown in Tip of the Spear, and hero of Spearhead.

ALSO INCLUDES:
- Photos of the "Eagle 7" crew & Panther
- Bronze Star ribbon, like that awarded to the
crew of "Eagle 7," perfect for framing
- Color certificate of authenticity

ENLARGE FRAME

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Only 180 limited-edition prints
, signed by Gareth Hector
& includes 5 signatures of WWII veterans:

- Gustav Schaefer, PzBrig 106, fought Clarence in Cologne, featured in Spearhead. (separate signature)

- Clarence Smoyer, E-Co gunner of “Eagle 7,”
shown in Tip of the Spear, and hero of Spearhead.

- Harley Swenson, Stuart driver with B/32nd AR,
shown in Tip of the Spear. (separate signature)


- Joe Caserta,
E-Co tank commander of "Everlasting," Bronze Star recipient, featured in Spearhead

- Plus one other WWII veteran signer!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- 8 x 10 photo of Clarence & Gustav in 2013
- Photos of the "Eagle 7" crew & Panther
- Bronze Star ribbon, like that awarded to the
crew of "Eagle 7," perfect for framing!
-
Color certificate of authenticity

All prints are sold unframed

A veteran signed giclee edition may be released. A Signer Proof edition exists, not-for-sale.
Tip of the Spear is signed by Clarence Smoyer, one of America’s newest war heroes. On September 18, he received the Bronze Star with V for Valor for the very action depicted in Tip of the Spear!
   
A brilliant collection of rare signatures from veterans who fought in WWII,
many of whom were featured in the bestselling book Spearhead . . .
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.
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.
Gustav Schaefer
(Publisher Proofs only)
18-year-old radioman/bow gunner in Panthers and later Mark IVs. Served in the 2nd Co., 106 Panzer Brigade "Feldherrnhalle." Knocked out of action by Clarence Smoyer on March 6 in Cologne. His CO was the commander of the Panther at the cathedral.
Frank Audiffred
(Artist Proofs only)
Nicknamed "Cajun Boy," Frank served as a gunner and commander in M4 Shermans alongside Clarence & Joe Caserta in Easy Company. Frank had four tanks shot out from under him!
Harley Swenson
As a driver on Stuart tanks, Harley served in B-Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd AD. At Cologne his tank was ordered to make a dash for the cathedral but luckily Clarence knocked out the Panther just before he did.

Clarence Smoyer
One of America’s most celebrated tank gunners, Clarence served in Shermans before being awarded one of 20 Pershings shipped to the ETO. He claimed five enemy tanks in battle and is the hero of the bestselling book Spearhead.

Richard Rohleder
Represents the 82nd Airborne, who occupied Cologne in April 1945 and finally destroyed the cathedral Panther during Bazooka testing. A glider artilleryman with the 320th GFAB, 82nd Abn., Richard fought from Market Garden through the VE-Day.

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 "Tip of the Spear" to you now and look forward to bringing you more stunning works by Gareth in the coming future!