Film: Fury (2014)

In early April 1945, the Allies make their final push into the heart of Nazi Germany. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a battle-hardened U.S. Army First sergeant in the Second Armoured Division, commands an M4 Sherman “Easy Eight” tank nicknamed Fury and its veteran crew: gunner Boyd “Bible” Swan, loader Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis, driver Trini “Gordo” Garcia, and assistant driver–bow gunner “Red,” all of whom have fought together since the North African campaign. Red is killed in action and replaced by Private First Class Norman Ellison, a clerk typist from V Corps who was transferred to be a replacement.

As they move deeper into Germany, Norman’s inexperience quickly becomes dangerous: he spots but fails to shoot Hitler Youth child soldiers who ambush the platoon leader’s tank with a Panzerfaust, killing the entire crew; later, he hesitates under fire during a skirmish with anti-tank guns.

The tank platoon is ordered to capture and hold a vital crossroads to protect the division’s rear echelon. En route, they are ambushed by a SS Tiger tank, which wipes out the entire platoon except for Fury. Fury eventually destroys the Tiger by outmaneuvering it and firing into its thinner rear armour. Unable to notify his superiors because the radio has been damaged, Don decides to try to complete their mission. Upon arriving at the crossroads, the tank is immobilized by a landmine.

The men disguise Fury to make it appear to be knocked out and then hide inside. While they wait, the crew finally gives Norman a nickname – “Machine” – to show their acceptance of him. They then ambush the Germans, inflicting heavy casualties in a long and vicious battle. Grady is killed by a Panzerfaust that penetrates the turret, Gordo is shot while unpinning a grenade and sacrifices himself by covering it before it explodes, then a sniper kills Bible and severely wounds Don. Out of ammunition and surrounded, Don orders Norman to escape through the floor hatch as the Germans drop potato masher grenades into the tank. Norman slips out just before they explode, killing Don.

The next morning, Norman crawls back into the tank, where he covers Don’s body with his jacket. He is rescued by American soldiers who praise him as a hero. Fury is a fictional film about a tank crew during the final days of the war in Europe. Ayer was influenced by the service of veterans in his family and by reading books such as Belton Y. Cooper’s Death Traps, about American armoured warfare in World War II.

My opinion of this film is that overall it was very good and having to act in such a confined space was good and the majority of the acting was very good. There were a couple of scenes I didn’t enjoy namely when Norman Ellison was forced to shoot the German soldier who wanted to surrender, I just found it unnecessary. Other than a couple of slow parts and the end was a little unbelievable but then most films are like that these days.

Fury (2014)

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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