Stuart's the stunt driver
Author Name: Armourgeddon
Posted: 03/07/2014 12:42
Fame at last for our Stuart as we can finally tell you what he was getting up to with one of the more famous vehicles of our Armourgeddon collection last October as some of the sleepy villages of Oxfordshire heard a rumbling of a different nature than the thunder clouds heading over the horizon.
We have had to keep this information under our helmets for a long time here at Armourgeddon but we have been bursting to tell you all about it. As the trailer has now been released to The Guardian, we can now spill the beans about Stuart’s experience on the film set of Fury, Brad Pitt’s latest World War II based blockbuster.
The film is set during the last months of World War II in April 1945 as the Allies rally for their final push into Europe. Wardaddy, played by Brad Pitt is a battle-hardened sergeant in the 2nd Armoured Division and is the commander of a Sherman Tank. 2nd Armoured Division, nicknamed “Hell on Wheels” had played important roles in the invasion of North Africa and Sicily and the liberation of France and Belgium before their involvement in the battles depicted in the film during the invasion of Germany. The Sherman is nicknamed Fury, after which the film is actually named. The film follows Wardaddy and his 5-man crew as they commenced a deadly mission in Fury behind enemy lines. Out-gunned, out resourced and out numbered by hundreds, the crew face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the nerve centre of Nazi Germany.
Filming began on the 30th September 2013 in the Oxfordshire countryside with letters sent to the locals of the neighbouring villages explaining that the tank and gunfire noise in the coming weeks was nothing to be alarmed at! Our Stuart headed down to set with the Armourgeddon Sherman tank for filming at the start of October. Our Sherman can be seen in many of the battle-rich clips following Fury into active duty.
The film also features the last surviving operational Tiger I tank which is the first time a real Tiger tank rather than a prop version has been used on a film set.
The Sherman Tanks crew has 5 specific roles in battle: Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver and Co-Driver. For those who have experienced a Tank Paintball Battle here at Armourgeddon, the roles are not dissimilar to those we assign within the FV432s as we head into battle. The Sherman was an evolution of the Grant and Lee tanks, made it’s way into active duty from 1942 and worked through until 1955. Our Armourgeddon Sherman is an M4 105mm, just one of the many Sherman designs that were commissioned, some of which were a part of the group affectionately called ‘Hobart’s Funnies’ nicknamed after the Major General of the 79th Armoured Division, Major General Percy Hobart.
Many of the re-enactments set up in our museum at Southfields Farm are depictions of the Hell on Wheels 2nd Armoured Division. Formed at Fort Benning, Georgia on the 15th July 1940 was originally commanded by Major General Charles L Scott, with Colonel George S. Patton in charge of training. Scott was promoted to command the Armoured Corps in November 1940 leaving Patton, by then Brigadier General, in command of the division.
The movie is due for general release on the 24th October this year with a cast including Shia LaBeouf of Transformers fame, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña. We’ll be there looking out for our Stuart in our much-loved Sherman. Fame at last!!