Bloodshed on the Set of Fury – Stuntman stabbed by Bayonet!


Things on the set of 2014 WWII era film, Fury, has seen its own bloodshed. A 35 year old stuntman was filming a battle scene when he was accidentally stabbed in the shoulder with a nine-inch blade.

The Police were called to the set near the small village of Shirburn located near Henley-on-Thames; however they were not treating the accident as a crime. They have since handed the investigation to the Health and Safety Executive.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman told Telegraph: “The matter has been left with the HSE at this stage.”

The unnamed stuntman was airlifted to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford by the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. He is in stable condition.

A spokesman for the film said the incident occurred while two stuntmen were filming a pre-rehersed action scene.

“The sequence was taking place away from the main unit, and neither the director nor any of the principal actors were working on that particular sequence.

“It was an accident. It is obviously very unfortunate. He left the set laughing and talking.

“He was injured by a bayonet and he has been taken to hospital where we are checking in for information and progress.”

The residents of near by villages of Shirburn, Pyrton, and Watlington were sent letters notifying them to expect “intermittent controlled gunfire and explosives” during the filming process.

“I’ve heard gunfire which is quite startling,” resident Sue Ford told London’s Daily Mail. “Very frightening. The tanks are incredibly noisy.”

Fury is set in 1945 during the collapse of the Nazi regime. It follows a crew of five men who manned the American tank called ‘Fury’. The crew is lead by Pitt’s character, Sergeant Wardaddy, and they are tasked with a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

Evette Champion

Evette Champion is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE