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The Complete Tanks of ‘Fury’

  • October 2, 2014
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Fury, the long-awaited World War II tank movie starring Brad Pitt, opens on Friday October 17. Our set visit last fall suggests that the filmmakers are aiming for a level of accurate detail that we haven’t seen before in a WWII movie.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been running a series of infographics about the real tanks used by Allied and Axis powers during the war and today we’ve got all eight tanks in a full-size slideshow with images large enough to use as wallpaper on most laptops.

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 and stars Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal as the tank’s crew. Director David Ayer wrote and directed the acclaimed LAPD movie End of Watch, directed Sabotage and wrote the screenplay for Training Day.

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #8: Tiger II

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The final tank in our series is the Tiger II, which was anticipated to be something like Germany’s Second Death Star after the fearsome Tiger I. That didn’t really work out for the Nazis, because the Tiger II’s underpowered engine and excessive fuel use limited its effectiveness. The 150K lb. monster was 33 ft. 9 in. long and 10 ft. 2 in. tall. It featured an 88m gun and 2 7.92mm machine guns. The Germans deployed the tank on all fronts: Europe, the USSR and North Africa. +Continue Reading

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #7: M24 Chaffee

  • September 23, 2014
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The M24 Chaffee is the final Allied tank in our series from the upcoming movie Fury. Weighing approximately 45,000 lbs. and measuring 18 ft. 3 in. long and 9 ft. 6 in. tall, the lightweight tank featured advanced off-road capability and reliable performance. The 75mm gun represented a significant upgrade from the old 37mm and could to a lot more damage to heavyweight German tanks. The five-man crew also had 2 .30 Browning machine guns at its disposal. The M24 Chaffee was used in both Europe and the Pacific theater.

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Tanks of ‘Fury’ #6: Tiger I

  • September 18, 2014
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The Germans used the Tiger I tank on the North African, Soviet and European fronts. Weighing a massive 120,000 lbs. and measuring 27 ft 9 in. long by 9 ft 10 in. tall, this heavy tank struck fear in its enemies. It was expensive to maintain and operate, leading to its replacement by the Tiger II in 1944. Its main armament was a 88mm gun backed up by two 7.92mm machine guns.

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Tanks of ‘Fury’ #5: M3 Grant/Lee

  • September 16, 2014
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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

Director John Ealer Talks ‘The World Wars’

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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.

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Tanks of ‘Fury’ #4: Panzer IV

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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.

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Tanks of ‘Fury’ #3: M3 Stuart

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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

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #2: Panzer I

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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

Tanks of ‘Fury’ #1: M4 Sherman

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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