The new World War II film Fury opens today. Set during the final days of war in the European Theater, this movie stars Brad Pitt as a U.S. Army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
In a book by a real-life tank driver, J. Ted Hartman describes his experiences during the same period of the war as featured in Fury. Hartman was a teenager when he was sent overseas to drive a Sherman tank into combat to face the desperate German counterattack known as the Battle of the Bulge.
Hartman's book Tank Driver gives a riveting account of the shifting tides of battle and the final Allied breakout. He tells about the concentration camps, the spectacle of the defeated Germans, and the dramatic encounter with Russian soldiers in Austria that marked combat’s end. This is a vivid, personal account of some of the most dramatic fighting of World War II.