Corrected entry: The drum major leading the British pipes and drums into Messina is a corporal wearing the usual two point-down chevrons on his upper arm. British Army drum majors, who all hold a minimum rank of sergeant, wear four point-up chevrons on their lower arm (on a leather strap if in shirt-sleeve order).Necrothesp
Corrected entry: Shortly after Patton adds anticipated stars to his uniform in the presence of Omar Bradley, his drivers are shown changing a red signboard on his jeep to reflect the additional star (3 instead of 2). In a subsequent scene, however, as Patton visits an ancient battlefield, there are only 2 stars on the signboard.
Corrected entry: Francis Ford, the writer, was fired for his beginning scene. It is become a really famous scene. He says it was new and that people didn't understand it. Now, it's a famous scene.
Corrected entry: Just before the Battle of the Bulge sequence, Patton states that "No German army has staged a winter offensive since Frederick the Great." Either Patton or the screenwriter thus chose to overlook the World War I Battle of Verdun, which Germany launched on Feb. 21, 1916. This is quite an oversight, since many historians consider Verdun the most titanic battle of all time.
Corrected entry: The scene of Patton berating a soldier who is scared to fight is in fact missing one person. Two soldiers refused to fight in reality, not one as the movie suggests.
Corrected entry: In the German tank and infantry attack during the desert battle scene a German soldier runs in front of a German tank and is run over by it. When the tank accelerates forward, just before it runs over the German soldier, you can see that the tank's tread marks do not originate from a continual path from behind it, as if it had traveled a great distance with the advancing Germans, but start where the tank accelerated from, revealing that the tank was actually backed up into its spot prior to the filming of this scene.
Corrected entry: At the onset of the Battle of the Bulge, Patton says the German army hasn't launched a winter offensive since Frederick the Great. Although most of the fighting during this battle occurred in winter, the Germans actually launched their attack on December 16, 1944, i.e. toward the end of autumn, several days before the official start of winter.
Corrected entry: After acting as a traffic cop to direct two crossing columns of tanks and trucks, Patton steps off the barrel and goes to talk to Bradley. While talking to Bradley, a large jet contrail is visible in the sky behind Patton. Military use of jets in WWII came too late, and played virtually no role in the course of the war, let alone its outcome. It is unlikely there would have been a jet contrail visible in the sky at that time of the war.
Capt. Richard N. Jenson: They haven't spotted our positions yet.
Patton: They will get some education in about 10 seconds when they get a dose of our artillery fire.
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