Corrected entry: In the scene where Danilov is showing Zaitsev the article, he says that it will appear on the front page and be read "by people in the Crimea". Since the Crimea was under German occupation at the time of Stalingrad, Danilov would have known this would be impossible.
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the film, when they show the map of Europe slowly being taken over by the Nazis, the Soviet Union in the map is actually modern day Russia. Their borders depict Ukraine as a separate country, when it was actually part of the Soviet Union. (00:05:00)
Corrected entry: During the sex scene, watch carefully the "Sleeping" soldier at the top of the screen. You can tell that he is desperately trying not to laugh and smile.
Corrected entry: When Jude Law and Ed Harris are playing cat and mouse in the scene where Harris is in the air duct, and Law is hiding behind the furniture, Harris end up getting hit in the arm by a bullet. This type of wound, created by a 7.62x54R, would have blown the section clean off, where it struck. Later in the movie, we see a slight bandage, but an otherwise functional appendage.
Corrected entry: The hierarchy in the Red Army was very strict. It is totally unthinkable that a political commissar and an infantryman (private) should publicly dance and wrestle each other like two adolescents.
Corrected entry: When Vassily is invited to the old lady and the boy's house, the lady hears something, and blows the candle, but it's still light in the room for about a second after the light's out.
Corrected entry: In real life Vassili Zaitsev killed Major Konig by having someone hold a helmet over his head in an open window and Major Konig shot the helmet and the person holding the helmet screamed as if he was hit. Vassili saw the muzzle flash of Konig's rifle and shot him where he was hiding under a piece of sheet metal. (I guess one of the oldest tricks in the book still works)
Corrected entry: In the map sequence showing Germany's takeover of European countries, Norway is not invaded. Norway and Denmark were invaded the 9th of April 1940...
Corrected entry: Joseph Fiennes' character exposes himself to the Major's fire in the end to help Jude Law locate the Major. The Major shoots Fiennes and leaves his position and gets shot by Jude Law. During the whole film both of the opponents were portrayed as very sensible characters. The Major should have been alerted when he saw the head appearing so rapidly. The Major would have known that Law would never expose himself in such a stupid way and would have been conscious of a trap.
Corrected entry: In reality, the Russians made extensive use of wearing winter camouflage during battles, yet every Russian soldier we see in the movie lacks this outfit.
Corrected entry: The Russians were extremely notorious for destroying anything of value to the enemy during WW II, and major targets were train engines and railcars that couldn't be "saved." Those railcars in Stalingrad would be scrap by the time the Germans were within striking distance.
Corrected entry: In the beginning, when you see the people getting on and off the trains, there is a shot of a wagon with two gun turrets. You can clearly see the gun barrel bouncing up and down, revealing that it's made of plastic.
Corrected entry: How come these supposedly "Russian" characters have British accents? Obviously it's because the actors are British, and for the sake of simplicity and American audiences, the majority of dialogue was written and performed in English. Even Bob Hoskins, a British actor, performs perfectly with a Russian accent; so why couldn't the others do this?
Corrected entry: In the scene where the Major arrives in Stalingrad, he sees a hospital train full of wounded ready to pull out. The cars all have red crosses on them. But Russian partisans, outraged by German atrocities, found the hospital trains easy pickings. So the Germans did not mark hospital trains with the red cross - they tried to camouflage them.
Corrected entry: Take a look at Danilov's propaganda papers, the ones which fly out of his car as it is wrecked by German shellfire. They say "never shall the enemy put his foot on the soil of Stalingrad", correct? All right, we all know it's just propaganda, but it sure is misleading....at this point in the movie, the Germans were already all over Stalingrad!