Corrected entry: 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.
Corrected entry: The British PIAT anti-tank weapon could not be readied for the first shot as quickly as shown in the movie. It was not a rocket launcher like the US Bazooka, but rather a bomb launcher; the gunner had to use his entire strength, and his hands and legs, to cock it for the first shot, because the firing pin spring in the weapon was very strong. For subsequent shots, the force of the propellant charge would do the work.
Corrected entry: One major inaccuracy in the film was apparently intentional. The Nijmegen bridge, captured by Robert Redford in the film, was in reality stormed by British grenadiers. Producer Joseph E. Levine, who had largely financed the film with his own money, claimed that "having Redford win the battle was better box office".Gaff1981
Corrected entry: Toward the end of the movie, the German soldiers are seen from behind crossing a footbridge to take the British soldiers prisoner at the Hartenstine Hotel. The rifles the Germans are carrying are American M1's, not the Mausers that most German infantry were issued.
Trivia: 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.Gaff1981
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