The Bovington Tank Museum in Dorset has this week opened a new exhibition to celebrate two of its tanks being featured in Brad Pitt’s new film.
The new film “Fury” features the museum’s Sherman M4 tank and Tiger 131 tank, and visitors staying in nearby country Dorset holiday cottages and locals alike will be able to see how the museum was involved in the making of the film.
Exhibition opened this week
The grand opening of the exhibition took place on Monday and around 150 people turned out to see the display and special guest Murray Walker.
The exhibition does not just show-off the two tanks that starred in the film, but talks about the museum’s pivotal role in the new film. It is set to be open until the end of 2015 and also displays imagery and footage from the film, as well as props from the film sets and costumes that were worn in the film by some of its stars.
David Willey, curator of the Bovington Tank Museum, told the Dorset Echo, “We were first involved in the film in some way back in the spring of 2013. It led to some very interesting conversations. We thought it was worth our while being involved because it would bring people to the story we tell here.”
Murray Walker was the special guest at the opening of the Fury exhibition, because although he is renowned for being one of the greatest Formula One commentators, he also served during the Second World War by operating a Sherman tank.
He added, “We were up against some pretty tough opposition. The German Army had some extremely good tanks. Frankly at the time they were better than our tanks, but we had lots of Shermans. As a result of that and the fact they were so reliable we came out on top.”
The Fury film has just been released in the UK and is set during the last month of the Second World War in April 1945. Brad Pitt plays a character called “Wardaddy” and he is commanding a Sherman tank called Fury and its five-man crew on a lethal mission behind enemy lines.
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