So I was watching the first part of “Fury” last night, and was struck again by the basic inaccuracy of the premise. That premise being that at the very end of WWII the fighting in the West was particularly savage and fanatical with very high casualties among the American troops, and that the army was at the breaking point, both morale-wise and logistically. They also implied that men and tanks were at a premium in the US Army.
This just wasn’t the case. By that point in the war, the US units were at full strength and then some, and essentially crossed the Rhine in early March, and by about April 15, the 2nd Armored Division (the division that “Fury” and her crew were part of) had stopped fighting altogether, as they’d reached the Elbe river, and were waiting for the Russians to meet them.
They’d covered the distance from roughly the Dutch border to the Elbe in about a month. Armies can’t do that kind of thing unless the resistance against them has essentially collapsed and their logistical train is operating at high efficiency. That’s a Desert Storm level speed of advance, not the kind of thing done while your troops are demoralized, under supplied, and fighting hard against a determined opposition.
Any other movies with such basic inaccuracies, sci-fi and fantasy notwithstanding?