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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) Poster

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Continuity 

During the attack scene in the cemetery, a large piece of masonry hits Paul's helmet, denting it. Later, when he retreats and jumps into the shell hole, there is no dent.
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When Paul is with the dead soldier in the pit, the arms move on the dead body between night and day.
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During the attack on the town and the cemetery, for a brief shot Germans are all retreating. In the next shot, they are attacking again and running forward.
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When going to their first battle, while the young soldier is talking to Kat, the young soldier's bag switches from being across his chest with his hands by his side to his bag not being there and his right arm holding his scarf between shots.
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When Paul and Alfred are in the Catholic hospital talking to Hammacher, Paul's hands jump from pulling up the sheets to by his side between shots.
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When Paul visits Franz in the ward, Franz raises his finger to his mouth. In the next shot, his hand has returned to his side.
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Factual errors 

When the young recruits go out on their first patrol, to add to the barb wire entanglement; the veteran uses a mallet to drive the post into the ground. While the movie went to the trouble to have the right kind of post they used it completely wrong. That post was developed by the Germans to allow them to put up barbed wire much more quietly then the Allies. The bottom portion of each post is twisted into an auger; this allowed the soldiers to simply put the post on the ground; put a rod through one of the holes in the post and screw it into the ground. This was one of innovations that the Allies copied. Both sides had listening posts near the wire on their sides to listen for infiltrators and wire crews; once detected they would be cut to pieces by machines gun or mortar fire.

Revealing mistakes 

As men are seen being shot by a German machine gun, they are seen just falling down dead. In reality, the power from such weapons was so great that the fire blew large chunks of the target's body away. By example, a single volley at Passchendale ripped both my grandfather's left leg and arm completely off, although, miraculously, he did survive.
When Paul talks to the dead soldier in the pit, the soldier is breathing visibly and at one point his eyes blink.
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When the young recruits go out on their first patrol, a dead soldier is still breathing and blinking his eyes.
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