Corrected entry: The Rangers were driven into the beach by US Coastguards driving British landing craft, whereas infantry on Omaha arrived in American craft piloted by RN coxswains.
Corrected entry: One American soldier shot into the sight slot on the front of the German "Tiger" tank. This slot was made of a particular glass called "Kinon," at least 15 centimeters thick, and it was almost impossible to break.
Corrected entry: Near the end of the movie at the Alamo rally point when the P-51's show up to blast the German tanks they are referred to as "Tank Busters". P-51's were not usually equipped to do this as a P-47 would be the much more likely aircraft for the job. There was a version of the P-51 called an A-36 equipped for ground attacks, but they were very specific about this being a P-51.
Corrected entry: The German troops who attack the village in the film's climatic battle scene must have been either very badly led or very inexperienced. No experienced soldier of any army, let alone the battle-hardened Germans, would attack a village or town by advancing in long files down the middle of the street as the attackers do in this film. In reality, they would have attacked house to house, using the cellars and alleyways to gain access into the village, rather than allow themselves to be mown down like ninepins in the middle of the road.
Corrected entry: When the SS soldier is killing Private Mellish in the last battle scene you can see a line where the soldier stabs Mellish.
Corrected entry: Mellish gets stabbed by a German soldier wearing SS insignia. Later, Upham shoots the same soldier, who is now wearing Wehrmacht insignia.
Corrected entry: In the opening battle scene, Tom Hank's makes reference that all of the armour support for the invasion, the 741st and 743rd Tank Battalions, having foundered in the English Channel. While the 741st did lose 30 of the 32 tanks allocated to the 1st Infantry Division's part of Utah Beach, the 743rd successfully landed 32 tanks on the 29th Infantry Division's Omaha Beach, including the Dog Green section.
Corrected entry: The battle of Normandy was over by nightfall, not in the middle of the day as it is depicted in the film.
Corrected entry: At the end of the opening battle the Americans use grenades to clear the trench leading to the entrance to the bunker. One of the soldiers removes the pin from a grenade and throws it to another soldier who lobs it into the trench. No well trained soldier would do something so foolish. He might hand on a grenade with the pin still in it but to throw it live to his mate was extremely foolish. If he had dropped it the whole squad would have been wiped out.
Corrected entry: When the platoon sergeant is canning the dirt sample from France, the markings on the 3 cans are made with a wide-tipped magic marker. These were not developed until 15 years later. A black grease-pencil was standard issue in those days (1944).
Corrected entry: In the final battle Tom Hanks and Matt Damon run out of ammunition and start throwing mortar rounds that explode on impact. This is impossible as mortar rounds have to spin a certain amount of times to arm themselves (a safety measure) so unless the pair are two all star quarterbacks, nothing would have happened to the rounds when they landed.
Corrected entry: There appear to be multiple mistakes right after Miller decides to release the German rather than execute him. There is much commotion as Rieben and Horvath are arguing, but you can see in the background that Mellish is telling Miller that he has a sixth sense and that Ryan's dead. Right after, Mellish comes running over to Miller and starts repeating himself. Also, whenever Reiben and Horvath are not shown, they can be heard repeating the same words in the same tone as when they are being shown. At one point, I believe I can overhear them arguing even as they are being shown arguing. Also, look at the positions of some of the other actors, they change from shot to shot.
Corrected entry: Look very close at the M1 Garand cartridge belts. The ten pockets where the 8 rd. clips go are flat. These guys are all going into combat with no ammo! You would at least think they would have put blocks of wood equal to the size of the clips in the belt pockets to make it look like they have ammo in their belts.
Corrected entry: When they have captured the German machine gun placement, look carefully at the German MG-42 machine gun - its front sight is down, not up. No wonder they missed so much.
Corrected entry: Jackson claims at one point that he could hit Adolph Hitler from a mile away. So why, instead of the squad charging the radar station and losing a man, doesn't he pick off the machine-gunners from a distance, or at least do so while the others charge?
Corrected entry: In the final battle scene regarding the 'Tiger' tanks. Note the American soldiers running back and forth in front of the 'Tigers'. The tanks are not firing their machine guns at all. This would be highly unlikely (and stupid) since the Tiger had a five man crew and two internally operated machine guns. If they were actually used, the exposed Americans would have been cut to pieces.
Corrected entry: Has anyone else noticed how clean Matt Damon's teeth are? In the final stages of the movie, when the allied soldiers are preparing to defend the bridge, there is a close up of Matt's face which reveals perfect and shiny white teeth. Now I severely doubt that in a war situation a soldier would have teeth this perfect...
Corrected entry: In the battle at the village one American soldier gets onto the Tiger, opens the hatch and drops a hand grenade into it. This is not possible since these hatches were locked from inside.
Corrected entry: It is common german military tactics not to drive tiger tanks or tanks of any kind into a urban area until it has been searched by infantry for anti-tank weapons (such as bazooka's and so on). This tactic was most notably learned early in the Russian campaign and therefore known before the D-day landings and the battle for the bridge. The most common tactic would have been to use the infantry to search house by house, and if strong resistence is met, to use the artillary to push them into the open.