Archive for: WWII

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

A Radical Change for Captain America

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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

Check Out the First Trailer for ‘Unbroken’

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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

On the Set With ‘Fury’

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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

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies Lands for PCs

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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

A First Look at ‘Fury’

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Director David Ayer appeared at the Wargaming​.net World of Tanks panel at E3 to premiere footage from Fury. The upcoming World War II tank movie stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood and takes place near the end of the war in April 1945. Check out the video below. +Continue Reading

‘D-Day 360′ Brings a New Perspective

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PBS retells the story of June 6th, 1944 with D-Day 360, a new documentary that employs LiDAR light detection and ranging technology to create animations that show the battle from all kinds of new angles. The show premieres on May 27th, but make sure you check you local listings for the exact time and date. +Continue Reading

‘Stalingrad’ 3D Comes to Home Video

  • May 20, 2014
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Stalingrad is out now on Blu-ray (both 3D and 2D versions in the same package), DVD and Digital. We reviewed it when the 3D IMAX version was in theaters and described the movie’s Doctor-Zhivago–meets–Call-of-Duty sensibility. +Continue Reading

Watch This Exclusive Clip From ‘The Monuments Men’ Blu-ray

  • May 20, 2014
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The Monuments Men is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. George Clooney has made an unapologetically old-fashioned Hollywood picture about the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives soldiers who attempted to preserve cultural landmarks and recover art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. +Continue Reading