The Eagle Has Landed

Factual error: In the aerial shot over rural Britain near the beginning of the movie, there are two modern cars visible. Too new to be early 40's models.

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Factual error: When we are in the Colonel's office at the US army base there is a US flag in the corner. It has 50 stars on it, as you can tell by the pattern. There were only 48 stars on the flag during WWII.

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Factual error: When Michael Caine is standing outside the village church, it is clearly visible that double yellow line road markings have been blacked out (covered up). The film is set during the war, but double yellow lines did not make an appearance in the UK until 1958, therefore it is clear that the filmakers blacked them out to avoid an anachronism.

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Factual error: When Steiner meets Colonel Radl and Liam Devlin on Alderney they are watched by two civilian fishermen. The events of this film take place in 1943, but all civilians were evacuated from Alderney to the mainland in 1940.

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Factual error: When Steiner is discussing with the SS General about "difficult decisions are the privilege of rank..." he addresses him as Herr Gruppenf├╝hrer (Lt. General) he should have addressed him as Herr Obergruppenf├╝hrer (Full General).

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Radl and Steiner discuss the entire scheme to kidnap Churchill on the Alderney docks - in full view and hearing of a number of civilians (who shouldn't be there, pace another posting), including fishermen who could might be able to communicate with the mainland. Why would they be so stupid as to discuss a top secret military mission in public? In reality, they wouldn't even discuss it in front of their own men.

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