In April 1945, the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, a battle-hardened U.S. Army staff sergeant in the Second Armored Division, commands an M4 Sherman “Easy Eight” tank nicknamed Fury and its veteran crew: gunner Boyd “Bible” Swan, loader Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis, driver Trini “Gordo” Garcia, and assistant driver–bow gunner “Red”. They have been together since the North African campaign. Red is killed in action and replaced by Private Norman Ellison, a fresh recruit trained only as a clerk typist.
As they move deeper into Germany, Norman’s inexperience becomes dangerous: he spots but fails to shoot Hitler Youth child soldiers who ambush the commanding officer’s tank with a Panzerfaust, killing the entire crew; later, he hesitates under fire during a skirmish with anti-tank guns. Don is angered at his incompetence; after the battle, he orders Norman to execute a captured German soldier for wearing a U.S. Army coat. When Norman refuses, Don wrestles the pistol into his hand and forces him to pull the trigger, killing the prisoner and traumatizing Norman.