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The Devil's Brigade (1968) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The Canadian flag shown in the ceremony near the end of the film wasn't adopted until 1964. At the time depicted in the movie, Canada still used a "modified Union Jack" type of flag called the Red Ensign.
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On Colonel Frederick's office map, Poland has its post-1945 borders and Germany is divided into the postwar East Germany and West Germany.
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At the birthday party in Italy, they are drinking 1960's Miller High Life Beer cans.
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In the barroom brawl sequence beer signs are plainly visible on the walls...Some are neon, some are not, all are out of place for that era. Until the late 80's/early 90's Coors beer was only available in Colorado and select places west of there, not in Montana...Also, that particular neon sign was strictly 1960s and would have been totally out of place then as well. The Lucky Lager sign was likewise 1960's in design - even though the beer would have been available then.
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The leather gear used by the Brigade in the film (boots, pistol holsters, etc.) is black; black leather gear wasn't adopted by the US Army until the late 1950s.
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All of the American officers, when wearing neckties are wearing Army Green neckties. They should be wearing khaki ties. Army Green did not come along until well after WW II. The enlisted men are all wearing the proper ties.
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One of the planes seen in the film is a Cessna L-19 Bird Dog, a post World War II plane.
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The dollar bills used by the gamblers are clearly green-sealed Federal Reserve Notes from after 1963.
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During the reconstruction flight over Santa Lia, two 1960s vehicles (silver/white trucks) can be seen in a courtyard, and there are TV antennae on several rooftops.
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The entire movie apparently takes place in 1942, but they invade Italy, which did not happen until September 1943.
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Character error 

At the beginning of the film Captain Cardwell draws a handgun and shoots a rattlesnake, then twirls the pistol before holstering it. An experienced gun-hand would never twirl a double action revolver for fear of an accidental discharge.
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Crew or equipment visible 

On the 30 mile march when the men cross the river a camera crew on a dolly can be seen on the bridge at the left hand side for a few seconds.
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Factual errors 

The U.S. enlisted personnel in the First Special Service Force were not criminals and the unwanted of other units. They were recruited from volunteers with "outdoors" backgrounds.
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Although the crossed-arrows insignia worn in the film by the First Special Service Force were fact, the red berets were pure fiction. All members of the Force eventually wore U.S. Army dress uniforms with U.S. paratrooper boots and distinctive red,white, and blue braided shoulder loops, overseas cap piping, and parachute wing backings.
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Although the Union Jack was the official flag of Canada prior to 1965, during World War II it was the Red Ensign that was the flag carried into battle by Canadian troops. Given the nature of the unit it is very likely that the Red Ensign would have been flown at this ceremony.
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The actual assault on Monte La Defensa took place at night in the dark, not in early morning daylight.
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At the "graduation ceremony" the national flags used are the US Flag and the British Union Jack. The Canadians would have used the "Red Ensign", a field of red with a Canadian shield, and the "Union Jack" (as Canada is a member of the Commonwealth) in the left corner.
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When the Canadian contingent arrives at the training centre (to use normal Canadian spelling), they are marching to bagpipes, but at far too fast a pace. Most pipe marches have a maximum pace of no more than about 90 paces per minute, but the pace in this scene appears to upwards of 140 paces or so. Also marching at that pace using the traditional British style of swinging each arm to shoulder height (which is the Canadian custom), is very difficult and awkward looking. It is highly unlikely to have been done at that speed in the Canadian Army, either then or today.
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Miscellaneous 

The movie's opening credits shows the copyright date to be MCMXLVIII in Roman numerals, the meaning of which is 1948. The correct copyright in Roman numerals should read MCMLXVIII, meaning the actual copyright date of 1968.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Canadians do not consider the term "Canuck" to be disparaging. If they did, there would not have been an aircraft flown by the RCAF called the CF-100 Canuck nor would there be an NHL Hockey team called the Vancouver Canucks. However, many Americans do consider Canuck to be a derogatory term, and use it as such.
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Throughout the movie, Rocky wears the stripes of a sergeant, but when he is being questioned by the Germans, he calls himself a corporal, perhaps as a show of defiance to the information-seeking enemy.
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Revealing mistakes 

As with all such movies of its time, all of the German heavy equipment (tanks, artillery, etc.) are actually American equipment.
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When the Germans from the shower are captured and brought out wearing towels, the camera angles that ensue reveal that they are actually wearing underwear under the towels.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Plot holes 

When Major Crown approaches the group of surrendering soldiers and an officer near the end of the film, the soldiers have their hands raised high into the air, but the officer stands with his hands behind his back - with no one challenging him to raise his hands, too. This is a breach of normal procedure, and common sense, and leads to fatal results here when the officer uses a gun he had hidden behind his back.
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