The Dirty DozenGoofs
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(at around 1h 30 mins) During the "war games" sequence, some of the "Dozen" are shown to exchange their Blue Army armbands for the red ones worn by the opposing forces. But for the next few minutes of the film, they are still wearing their blue ones.
(at around 16 mins) When Franko refuses to participate in the close order drill, the direction he is facing changes between ground level view and above ground view.
(at around 1h 19 mins) Just after Major Reisman fires into the ground of the camp with Colonel Breed's men holding the dozen, you see a close up of Reisman still on the roof of the building. He orders the sergeant to get some "special help" to disarm Breed's men. As they do this, you see in the background Reisman just hitting the ground as if he had already jumped down from the roof. The action continues and then you see him jump down again.
(at around 1h 35 mins) During WWII no Black man could have attained the rank of major in an all white outfit so he would not have fooled the doctor or ambulance driver. Someone else should have been chosen as the leader of that unit for it to work.
(at around 56 mins) The 101st Airborne's band (when playing during the visit by the "General") was playing "Semper Fidelis", the official march of the United States Marine Corps, composed by the United States Marine Band's first & most famous conductor, John Philip Sousa. This piece of music would not be something a United States Army band would play.
Although US military personnel were executed on British soil during WW2, the hanging sequence in this film shows US Military Policemen carrying out the execution. In reality, they were not legally allowed to do this. Instead, the hangings were carried out by British hangmen such as Albert Pierrepoint, with American personnel acting only as official witnesses.
Wires visible on a flare during the attack on the German compound.
After the General decides that the DD will be tested against Colonel Breed's Red forces, the entire dozen drive to the test site wearing Red armbands, and then immediately change to Blue armbands. This is nonsense. They would never worn Red armbands until subterfuge made it was necessary, as they wouldn't want it known they had Red armbands.
(at around 1h 6 mins) When going through the airborne school, the static lines are not connect to the parachute and can be seen when some jump. The cloth ribbon they used for the shot would also not work with as too thin.
(at around 1h 10 mins) The clothing and hairstyles worn by the women in the "graduation ball" are 1967 hairstyles. The film is set in 1944.
(at around 1h 6 mins) The C-47 Dakota aircraft used in the jump scenes at parachute school is marked with the American white star in a blue roundel. This national insignia was replaced on American aircraft by the more familiar white star and bars on 30 June 1943.
(at around 1h 40 mins) In the dinner scene, at the end of the training and just before the Dozen are in the plane, one of the characters shoots a picture with a Kodak Tourist Flash camera not produced until 1951.
(at around 1h 5 mins) When Wladislaw is beat up in the latrine, the men in the truck ask what happened, but when Franko sarcastically says, "Three wise men, trust the major", the last three words do not match his mouth. It appears he says "Trust Reisman".
(at around 2h 20 mins) The Chateau scene: When Jefferson shoots the soldier through the 2nd-floor window, there doesn't appear to be any glass in the framing, but we clearly hear the sound of shattering glass as the soldier tumbles.
(at around 1h 7 mins) Jiminez plays guitar while singing The Bramble Bush. After a pause, his hands continue strumming but the guitar makes no sound.
There appears to be no military reason for Jefferson to be ordered not to blow up the air vents until the German half track reaches the bridge, other than to make sure Jefferson gets killed.
The château is basically a glorified brothel for officers without a significant protection detail or specially secured storage facilities. So there is no reason for there to be massive amounts of ammonium picrate (aka Dunnite or Explosive D) in the cellar of the château.
As Maggott was obviously insane he would never have been allowed on the mission. In fact it is likely he would have been hanged before they went to France.
(at around 1h 50 mins) Wladislaw admits that he couldn't understand the German officers who greet him and Reisman in the chateau, but in the dialogue in question, the officer says in quite intelligible German, "Good evening, sir. Lovely weather we are having, no?" Considering how well he understands other Germans in the chateau, it seems unlikely he would have trouble with this clearly spoken line. In reality, it was probably easier for the actor playing the German to deliver the line in clearly-spoken German than to approximate a harder to understand dialect.
After Pinkley's pseudo general act, Col. Breed angrily calls his two sergeants "Clayton, Blake!" As they respond, for a few seconds we see that one of them is chewing gum. It's very unlikely that a completely by-the-book officer like Col. Breed would allow his men to chew gum, especially during an inspection.
In one scene Posey says "Captain Kinder figures he can teach me letters" implying that he is illiterate. However, in an earlier scene, he is seen at least twice holding a clipboard, and once writing on it. While it's true that some illiterate people can actually read and write numbers, it's very unlikely that Posey would be given that kind of job and responsibility in the camp, which obviously requires checking or writing numbers.