Corrected entry: A Hitler Youth dagger is found in the trench right after the first bunker is taken on the beach. The men in these bunkers were mostly old German soldiers (in their 40's), veterans of the Russian campaign and Ukrainian and White Russian conscripts. It's highly unlikely that a member of the Hitler Youth or an SS Division composed of them would have been manning the bunkers on that stretch of Normandy, which had not been expected to be an invasion target. These divisions were kept further inland, with the rest of the SS Panzer divisions.
Corrected entry: In the end battle the Americans take on the Waffen SS 2nd division 'Das Reich'. Das Reich's Tiger tank company was disbanded in 1943 at Kursk, yet in the film two tigers are present under Das Reich command.
Corrected entry: Pvt. Jackson (the sniper) is using a 1903 Springfield, bolt action rifle. The problem is that he is left handed and the bolt is on the right side of the gun; he must reach over the scope with his left hand to activate the bolt after each shot - a very awkward move. It is doubtful that the Army would have allowed a lefty to train as a sniper because of the type of weapon used.
Corrected entry: In the Omaha Beach scene we can see certain of the beach obstacles Rommel had installed just a couple of months before the invasion took place. While most of them are according to historical appearance, the triangles of wood are headed the wrong way. Their flat end is to be towards the sea, not towards the bunkers.
Corrected entry: At the end of the beach battle, Captain Miller calls up a soldier with a flamethrower to clear the bunker. Firing a flamethrower through the back entrance to a bunker was extremely unwise. A well constructed bunker (and the Germans were good at making bunkers) would not have a back entrance that led directly into the main area of the bunker. In order to deflect blasts there would either be a concrete slab inside the door or a corridor which would force you to turn left or right to enter the bunker. Firing a flamethrower straight through the door into a concrete slab would kill the flamethrower operator as the flame deflected back at him.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Ryan and Miller are lobbing mortars at the advancing troops, they both say they are out of ammo but as soon as they cross the bridge Hanks is firing his Thompson at the german firing line, if he said he was out where did he get the Thompson ammo?
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the last battle scene in the French village you can see the back of the soldiers who are looking down the street awaiting the arriving German tanks. If you look closely at the end of the street you can see the stationary, angled barrel of a tank yet the soundtrack of that tank leads the viewer into believing it is moving beyond the buildings. When the "sound" of the tank reaches the street the tank itself starts to move as well.
Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, we see Rieban firing his B.A.R and there are flashes at the end of the barrel. All B.A.Rs had a flash supressant at the ends so no flashes should bee seen.
Corrected entry: When Caparzo is hit by the sniper he falls and drops his M1 right next to where he lands. Next time you see him the M1 is gone.
Corrected entry: When they show the big battle at the beginning, the insignia of the troops is clearly that of a unit that was an all black unit, yet there isn't a black actor in sight.
Corrected entry: The older veteran Ryan seen in the opening and closing of the film is wearing a windbreaker with two pins on it. One pin is the insignia of the 101st Airborne (his unit). The other pin is the Presidential Unit Citation (blue bar with gold trim). This was awarded to the soldiers of the 101st after the Battle of Bastogne in December 1944, six months after Private Ryan was sent home. Many 101st vets wear this, but Ryan wouldn't have.
Corrected entry: While Mellish and Henderson are fighting in the light blue room in Romell, a German Steilgrenate (hand grenade) flies through the hole and lands on the floor. When it lands, the black explosive tube is facing Mellish, however when he picks it up and throws it out, he's holding it by the end of the stick. Watch in slow-motion.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Mellish is fighting with the German in the building, we see Mellish biting the German's chin and a lot of blood comes out. Later in the scene, the German is on top of Mellish and no blood drips out and his chin appears to be fine.
Corrected entry: In the scene at the beginning where 3 medics are trying to save a man's life, just before the medic starts screaming abuse at the Germans to give them a chance and Hanks takes him away, you see that the medic on the left as you look at them has a red liquid pouring from his water bottle which makes it look like there's lots of blood coming from the dying man.
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the scene in which Mellick is killed at knifepoint, we see Mellick and airborne soldier in the room shooting at Germans. The ammo runs low and they hear footsteps coming up the steps. They shoot into the wall, we hear a thud and blood streams on the floor into the room from the hallway. Next, the Germans (including the who kills Mellick) storm the room, but our heroes get one first; this German falls dead outside the room blocking the door. Now cut to the end of the scene: Mellick is dead and the German is now walking down the stairs. There should be at least two dead bodies at the top of the stairs, but they're gone.
Corrected entry: Throughout the movie Pvt. Jackson uses a Springfield '03 rifle; a rifle that can only hold 5 rounds of ammo at a time. In the final battle scene where he is firing on the Germans from atop the church tower, you see that he fires more than 5 rounds continuously without reloading.
Corrected entry: In the scene in the French village after the soldier attempting to rescue the girl is shot, where the German marksman is shown being shot through the scope is an impossibility. Modern higher powered rifles are unable to pierce a scope, let alone pierce directly through the scope and through the German's head. Also, a marksman on a battlefield, under stress, would never be able to place such an accurate shot. Sources: Mythbusters. (00:55:40)
Corrected entry: Near the end of the final battle when Tom Hanks is lying wounded on the bridge, the weather is all dry and it's not raining at all. But when the reinforcements arrive and the camera moves to an overview shot revealing number of rangers and a jeep heading towards the bridge, it's miraculously started raining and the ground looks covered with puddles, as if it's rained for a long time already. Yet it never rains during the battle or anywhere near it. When it moves back to a closeup shot of Tom Hanks, it's dry again. The weather changes between dry and wet several times.killin_kellit