German Aide: Excuse me for interrupting, but ... British paratroopers have apparently landed. Three kilometers from here.
Field Marshal Model: Why should they do that? There's nothing valuable here. I! I am valuable here! They have all come to capture me!
The character of umbrella wielding Major Harry Carlyle was inspired by real life Major Allison Digby Tatham-Warter, who said that he 'carried the umbrella because he could never remember the password, and it would be quite obvious to anyone that the bloody fool carrying the umbrella could only be an Englishman'. Unlike Carlyle in the film, Major Tatham-Warter survived the battle and was captured by the Germans. He escaped, and in the weeks that followed, aided by Dutch Resistance, helped hundreds of other soldiers in similar situations to be evacuated to safety. See more...
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Continuity: During the fighting in Arnhem, the man and his son are piling up bodies. They pick up a dead girl and lay her on the pile with her legs hanging off to the right. The father immediately goes to help some other people, the son screams "Father!" and the father rushes over to his dead son. In the background, the dead girl's legs are now hanging off to the left.