The SS started out as a small paramilitary group that swore allegiance to Hitler. By the height of WWII, it had nearly one million men who, even in defeat, rarely surrendered.
They were out-gunned and out-armored by superior German tanks, but what the American M4 Sherman tank crews lacked in firepower, they made up for in courage. Discover the stories of the heroic GIs who rolled into Nazi territory in the final weeks of WWII and faced off against an enemy that refused to surrender. Then, go behind the scenes of the film "Fury" and inside the tankers' world, as we hear accounts from veterans who survived the intense tank battles firsthand.
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