The former British soldier played a German commander, too. David Rae served in the British Army for 22 years. He retired as a warrant officer and regimental sergeant major—but not before completing four tours in Bosnia, one in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.
His specialty was armored reconnaissance. Now, he works on movies. Director David Ayer’s tank epic Fury was his first. The film, out now, follows an American Sherman tank crew in the waning days of World War II. It’s 1945 and the Allies are on German soil, inching toward Berlin. Brad Pitt plays Sgt. Don Collier, commanding a Sherman named Fury.
Collier follows order, kills Nazis and struggles to keep his crew together after years of unrelenting warfare. It’s high drama—and Rae was on location to make sure it all looked right. “Whenever the tanks were on set, I always stood to the right of the director,” Rae told War Is Boring. “I’d put a word in his ear if I ever thought something needed to change.”
Director Ayer went to great lengths to get World War II right. The production team sewed more than 700 military uniforms, then ripped out their buttons, blew out the pockets and covered them in mud to look like they’d endured long, bloody campaigns.
Ayer and his team located real wartime tanks. They tracked down World War II tank veterans for advice. But as cameras rolled, Rae was the final arbiter of the movie’s authenticity... (see more at: http://www.realcleardefense.com/)