Archive for: WWII
The M3 Grant/Lee is the latest in our series of WWII tanks from Fury. Used by the Allies in the European, North African and Pacific theaters, the tank was 18 ft. 6 in. long and 10 ft, 3 in. tall and weighed in at 12 tons. There were two main armaments, a 75mm gun and a 37mm gun, along with 4 .30 Browning machine guns. While the tank provided above-average protection to its crew, the M3 Grant/Lee did not perform well off-road and was replaced by the M4 Sherman. +Continue Reading
The History Channel’s 4 1/2 documentary film The World Wars is out now on Blu-ray and DVD with a wealth of added in-depth profiles, documentary featurettes and deleted scenes. The series connects the two 2oth-century conflicts by focusing on the personal stories of key WWII players like Hitler, Churchill, Mussolini, Patton and FDR, asserting that it was their experiences during the Great War that influenced their decisions in the latter era.
The series uses extensive reenactment of events from World War I (along with some reenactments of WWII events) and has two actors play younger and older versions of its main characters. The approach is novel enough to keep the interest of viewers who’ve seen dozens of documentaries on the topic, but it’s really a great starting point for anyone who doesn’t know much about 20th century history.
Director John Ealer talked to Military.com about the series. +Continue Reading
The Panzer IV is the latest in our Tanks of Fury series. The Germans used the sturdy and reliable vehicle on the European, Soviet and North African fronts. Its main armament was a 75mm gun and it also came with two 7.92mm machine guns on board. The tank weighed over 50,000 pounds and measured 23 ft. long by 8 ft. 10 in. tall. By the end of the war, half of the tanks still in service were Panzer IVs.
The next Allied tank in our Tanks of Fury series is the M3 Stuart, which holds the distinction of being the first World War II tanks run by Americans. The tank measures 14 ft. 2 in. long and 7 ft. 6 in. tall and weighed around 33K lbs. The main armament is a 37mm gun and the secondary armaments are 3 .30 Browning machine guns. +Continue Reading
Second up in our Tanks of ‘Fury’ series is the German Panzer I. The Panzer I was developed as a training vehicle in the 1930s but was pressed into service on the European, North African and Soviet fronts during WWII. Due to its small size (5 tons, 13′ 2″ x 5′ 6″) and thinner armor (0.27 to 0.51 inches), the Panzer I wasn’t very effective in combat. The main armaments were 2 7.92mm machine guns and it could reach speeds up to 31mph. +Continue Reading
Fury, the World War II tank movie written and directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt, arrives in theaters October 17. Set in the final days of the European conflict in April 1945, the film follows a Sherman tank and her crew on a mission behind enemy lines.
When we visited the set last fall, Ayer and his crew talked a lot about their efforts to get the details right. Over the next few weeks, we’ll post images of eight tanks that appear in the film, starting today with the M4 Sherman. +Continue Reading
Army and World War II veteran Steve Rodgers has passed on his shield and title to one of his closest allies: African-American veteran Sam Wilson, also known as Falcon. With the super-soldier serum (the juice that gives him his powers) sucked out of his body by the Iron Nail, Rodgers is left elderly and incapable of laying the vibranium smackdown on his foes. This news arrived first from the Colbert Report, and comes hot off the heels of Marvel’s announcement that the new comic-book version of Thor will be a woman. +Continue Reading
Louis Zamperini passed away since we first wrote about Unbroken, the upcoming movie about his life scheduled to debut in theaters this Christmas. Zamperini got a lot of personal attention from director Angelina Jolie, but he’s going to miss out on the acclaim he deserved on the film’s release and his role as grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade. The first trailer for the movie has debuted online. +Continue Reading
Fury, scheduled for release on November 14, is writer/director David Ayer’s new movie about a U.S. Sherman tank mission behind German lines in April 1945. Brad Pitt plays the tank commander Wardaddy and Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal play the other men in the tank’s crew.
I visited the set of Fury last November at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire about an hour outside of London. The disused (we were in Britain, that’s what they call it) airfield was built during WWII and the British countryside was standing in for Germany.
On the day we visited, Ayer was filming a tank battle. The actors weren’t on set, but we got a chance to talk with a lot of the crew and the military support team, all of whom were determined to bring an unprecedented level of authenticity to this portrayal of WWII. +Continue Reading
It’s been one year since Company of Heroes 2 landed on PCs. Originally focusing on the Eastern European front, now fans get a chance to fight battles in the West with Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies. +Continue Reading