Corrected entry: When the multiple gliders land next to the bridge to be "held until relieved", they land within yards of the German bridge / guards. Regardless of how quiet the gliders are in the air, the landings would have been noticeably loud as the film depicts. However the German guards at the bridge and especially the ones behind the sandbags do not move weaponry into place, or look toward the event until shots are fired. Having the soldiers getting off planes that just crash landed behaving in silent whisper mode does not match the reality of landing multiple planes in such close proximity. (00:54:30)
Corrected entry: Shortly before the landings take place, there is a shot of the massive Allied fleet approaching the Normandy beaches. A flight of fighter aircraft are seen flying overhead. The aircraft are Grumman Bearcats, a type that did not enter service until late 1945, more than a year after D-Day.
Corrected entry: In the scene at the end of the movie, when the Rangers have stormed the bunkers at Omaha beach, a medic is attending to someone's wound. Suddenly, some Germans appear, with their hands up, shouting "bitte, bitte" (please, please) in German, which for an English speaking person sounds like "beatte, beatte". The medic shoots them, and says,"I wonder what 'bitte, bitte' means", PRONOUNCED in English. He should have said, "I wonder what 'beatte, beatte' means". The actor apparently just read the line from the script and spoke what he read, not what he heard.
Corrected entry: During the assault on Point du Hoc, a German defender, with light colored epaulets on his tunic, is shown cutting loose an American grappling hook. The scene shifts to other action, then returns to the German, who this time is wearing dark epaulets.
Corrected entry: As the Americans hit the beach at Omaha, you can see a number of individual African-American troops scattered among them. Unfortunately the U.S. military was not yet integrated; black troops fought in separate segregated units at the time.
Corrected entry: As the soldiers leave the water and start up the beach, you can see the shadow of the camera.
Corrected entry: Beachmaster Colin Maude was, in fact, a Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander, but he was wearing the badges of rank of a Royal Navy Captain....two ranks higher.
Corrected entry: This is a general error in the film (and in Cornelius Ryan's book): no mention is made of Operation Fortitude, the plan to fool the Germans into thinking the invasion would be in the Pas-de-Calais and not in Normandy. In the whole film, it's implied that Germans aren't too bright and think that Normandy isn't the real objective - but it was Operation Fortitude that made them think so. Also, at one point, two allied commanders in the Ops room comment on the Normandy map, saying, "I cannot understand why Jerry hasn't brought his heavy armour into play yet." Allied commanders knew why - Operation Fortitude.
Corrected entry: One of the reasons why the Omaha landing turned out to be so disastrous was that the U.S. Army decided to use tanks modified for amphibian landings for the campaign. In the rough seas of D-Day Normandy, all but two tanks bogged down before they reached Omaha Beach, depriving the G.I.s of both protective armor and close-range artillery power. These tanks (even the two that made it) do not appear throughout the entire movie.
Corrected entry: The part of Bill Millin, Lord Lovat's bag-piper, was played by the real-life Bill Millin himself, but his appearance has remained uncredited.
Corrected entry: During the final scenes of the movie, when an American General is taken up "Omaha" Beach, it is actually Juno Beach, where the Canadians landed.
Corrected entry: In the movie, the paratrooper who was dangling from the cathedral tower in Ste. Mere Eglise ended up surviving the attack. Unfortunately, the real paratrooper who landed on the cathedral tower was caught by the Germans and was killed on top of the tower.
Corrected entry: The shots that kill Pvt. Martini occur too quickly in succession to have been fired from the indicated bolt-action rifle.