Best war movie factual errors of 1959

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Factual error: The train that pulls into Newton Station with Confederate soldiers has freight cars of modern construction. This can be seen by the newer type trucks, unlike the 'arch-bar' trucks of the period.

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Factual error: The movie takes place "somewhere in the South Pacific, 1942", yet the transport plane taking LTJG Braden to Hawaii has post-war markings.

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Factual error: Atop the desk in the Captain's stateroom is a model of a 5"/25 wet mount gun. The 5"/25 was designed for, and mounted on, U.S submarines; however, it was not introduced into service until 1944, and this is set at the start of World War 2.

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Factual error: In the scene where we see a DC-3 making a air drop over the jungles of "Burma" they fly over the ancient city of Sigiriya (a mountain fortress built around 473AD) which is actually in the country of Sri Lanka.

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Factual error: It appeared that, during the engagement with the Serapis, every hit by either ship's guns resulted in an explosion and fire. Unfortunately, explosive shells wouldn't be used on shipboard (aside from bomb vessels) until the next century.

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