Friday, September 11, 2015

WWII Tank Crew That Inspired the Movie 'Fury'

In the Mood took its own hits in the fighting and was destroyed three times. The first tank to bear the name was destroyed at Villers-Fossard. The second was destroyed by friendly fire from a P-38 on August 17, 1944. Finally, the third was destroyed on September 15.


Chiu ChunLing said...

Wouldn't it make more sense for the tank to be named "the Mood" and the crew designated "In the Mood"?

The mood for crushing the enemy, it would seem.

the Plinker said...

Mr. Chiu -- the same thought occurred to me.

There was an interesting "tell" in the film that suggested to me the producer had done considerable research on WWII infantry tactics. If you recall one platoon(?) leader's command for "marching fire" as his troops advanced with the tanks. That was an oft-used tactic to keep the enemy's heads down as troops advanced. I first heard it used years ago in interviews I did with ETO vets for my graduate history research. General Patton was said to be a particular fan of the tactic, which consisted of a line of troops firing from the hip in a steady fusillade as they advanced on an enemy position.

Anonymous said...

Wondering why the picture is of an M-36 tank destroyer rather than a Sherman tank.

Anonymous said...

Did Fury's director David Ayer steal the story for Fury from a real WWII tank crew? Go to this blog and ask yourself is Fury Fact or Fiction? Why did the movie producers buy a 5 million dollar copyright insurance policy? Why did the director claim it was a true story and then later change that statement? Spread this around.