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Guadalcanal Diary (1943) Poster

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Factual errors 

When Japanese snipers hid in the tops of trees, they tied themselves into their positions. They did not fall out of the trees when shot.
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In one scene, one of the actors has a Thompson sub-machine gun with a giant ring over the front sight like a sight guard. In real life they don't have sight guards.
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The score of game 2 of the 1942 World Series was actually tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning, not 1-1 as mentioned during the radio broadcast. To provide closure, Stan Musial singled in Enos Slaughter from third to provide the winning run.
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Japanese Type 97 grenades were primed by pulling the pin first and then hitting the striker hard against something hard (A rock or a helmet) to ignite the primer before throwing. During the battle at the cliffs, a Japanese soldier pulls the pin in a grenade and tosses it immediately without striking the pin.
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One of the Japanese soldiers is carrying a US Krag rifle from 1892.
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Miscellaneous 

The actor playing a Japanese prisoner falls backwards into the water after jumping from the landing craft when the Marine raiding party lands on the beach. Just then, a wave picks up the landing craft and another actor helps the Japanese actor up, just as the landing craft drops - a very near miss.
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Revealing mistakes 

In several scenes, Japanese soldiers are seen firing U.S.made and issued Thompson .45-cal. sub-machine guns, identical to the one carried by Sgt. Hook Malone. In one scene, a Japanese machine gun nest is firing a Thompson mounted on a tripod to make it appear as a light machine gun.
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Spoilers

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Factual errors 

In the later part of the movie, Chicken Anderson shows no ill effects from his wound in an earlier scene.
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