Fury

Fury (2014)

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Question: I have a question about the sergeant in the beginning of the film who had to kill himself after his tank was shot with a panzerfaust. Being younger than all the other sergeants of the tanks, how did he get a higher rank compared to them?

Answer: The soldier who killed himself was not a sergeant, but a brand-new second lieutenant Platoon Leader straight out of college. We do not know the ages of the other NCO's in the film, so, with the exception of Brad Pitt's character, Wardaddy (supposedly a WWI veteran), the other sergeants could be in their early to mid-twenties- not much older than a new lieutenant, but they look older as combat has physically aged them.

Scott215

Question: Why did Gordo bring up the horse thing at breakfast?

Answer: Gordo was making a point to Norman that the crew of the "Fury" had seen some horrible things during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket. After wiping out an entire German army there, they were tasked with putting wounded horses out of their misery. The point was that Norman was not there, and did not experience what they had, so Norman could not judge the tank crew's actions.

Scott215

Gordo brought up the horse thing because him and the other (original) crew members were not happy with Don and Norman enjoying a nice, quiet meal without them. He even say's "You weren't there" meaning Don sharing this with Norman when he hadn't yet been through much war time like all of them had, together. They also say "We weren't invited", "Why weren't we invited." The horse story was to get at Don for not inviting them and sharing it only with Norman.

Question: What exactly did it take to get Norman to become brave and more willing to fight?

Answer: Although he starts out afraid, awkward and hesitant, Norman gradually becomes battle-hardened throughout the film. But there is one event that probably changes Norman more than anything: When his one-night love interest, Emma, is killed during a German attack. After that, the tank crew realises that Norman has changed, become harder and more focused, and they finally accept him as a team member with the nickname "Machine."

Charles Austin Miller

Question: I read on a Youtube video comment that, under real life circumstances, the crew of Fury should've died during the battle with the Tiger because of a mechanical issue. Is this true? If so, why? What, in terms of mechanics I'm assuming, would've caused them to lose?

Answer: There were tank engineering issues on both sides: The German Tiger was underpowered, heavily armored, incredibly heavy and slow moving, but it had a main cannon that could blow Allied tanks to pieces; The M4 Sherman was lighter, faster and more maneuverable, but the Sherman's armor was far too lightweight to withstand a one-on-one confrontation with a Tiger. On the other hand, the Tigers were so heavily armored that the Sherman's cannon fire would actually bounce off the Tigers, even at close range. Supposedly, the weakest part of a Tiger's armor was behind the turret; unfortunately for Allied tanks, they were seldom able sneak up behind Tigers. In reality, the only way for Shermans to successfully engage Tigers was with heavy ground artillery and air support. The Tigers have been called "the most feared weapon of WWII" in North Africa and the European theatre of operations.

Question: Can someone please explain War daddy's quote "Ideals are peaceful, history is violent?"

Answer: There are probably a number of ways to interpret the quote, to be debated in a different forum. He's just saying thoughts about how to make the world a better place are peaceful. Rarely do people see war as a means to bring about peace. but as history shows us, war and violence often occur as a result of wanting change. Think about the 60's Civil Rights movements. Ideally, all men should be treated equally and there should be no segregation, but opposition to this resulted in violence (and to the opposition, ideally it would be better if races kept to themselves).

Bishop73

Question: Are we to believe that an entire battalion of SS troops with a lot of panzerfausts (as shown when they march) are unable to kill one stationary Sherman? Even if there would be many inexperienced soldiers drafted at the end of the war they can't be that bad right?

Answer: The quality of German weapons at this late stage of the war was quite inferior to the early and mid part of the war due to incessant allied bombing of weapons and munitions plants, and the Germans' use of slave labor to manufacture the weapons and ammunition plants, which invited inside sabotage. There are many accounts of German weapon and ammunition failing on a regular basis, so most of the panzerfausts not scoring a kill on "Fury" due to their low and questionable quality is quite plausible.

Scott215

Factual error: In the hedgerow battle, the Fury tank platoon face off with a German MG 42 machine gun and two 7.5 cm Pak 40 anti-tank gun. Each of these guns opens fire only after the previous one gets knocked out. In a real combat situation, all of the guns would open fire at the same time and establish a cross fire, effectively suppressing the ground troops and tanks from advancing. (00:31:35 - 00:33:30)

Yue Hin Yeung

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Suggested correction: By the time the movie takes place (mid to late April 1945) the German army was mostly inexperienced troops with an incredibly small nucleus of veterans. Though the tactical use of weapon systems you mention is correct, I doubt most of the formations still putting up a fight in Germany proper would have had the knowledge/ability to carry it out.

With low experience I would expect the soldiers to open fire too soon and with no communication between guns to create the "talking gun" effect. The fact that the two guns opened fire separate of each other makes very little tactical sense regardless of skill or experience.

With no experience it is more likely they would open fire as the 1st guns fires. With all 3 stations opening fire they would have had more chance to succeed.

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Wardaddy: It will end, soon. But before it does, a lot more people have to die.

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Trivia: The Tiger tank used in the battle with Fury is an actual German Tiger tank that was captured by British forces in North Africa in 1943. Its original turret number is 131, meaning the tank is from the 1st company, 3rd platoon, 1st tank, which was the platoon leader's vehicle.

Scott215

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