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The Lost Battalion (TV Movie 2001) Poster

(2001 TV Movie)

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Anachronisms 

The boots worn in the movie have modern rubber soled treads. This may be seen several times throughout the movie, both on killed and prone soldiers.
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Sgt. Gaedeke's sleeve insignia are of WWII vintage, not WWI. WWI sergeant stripes were made of khaki or olive drab colored cloth. The stripes in the film are embroidered navy blue on olive drab.
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When they attack the machine gun nest in the woods a German soldier is stabbed in the neck (with the sound effect) with a gun that has no bayonet.
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Character error 

After Cepeglia dies, the camera cuts to a different soldier and then back to Cepeglia. Despite the fact that his character is dead, the actor clearly swallows.
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Continuity 

When fighting off the last German attack, Maj. Whittlesey fires 10 shots from his Colt 1911. The 1911 only hold at a maximum 8 shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A cameraman can be seen on the right of the screen for a second when four troops are about to destroy the German machine guns on the hill, about 20 minutes after the beginning of the movie.
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Factual errors 

Private Philip Cepaglia's name is misspelled as "Cepeglia".
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Lt. Holderman uses what is commonly known as the Weaver stance to shoot his pistol. This is a two handed stance. At the time the military trained officers and NCOs to fire sideways and one handed.
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When the plane is ready to take off for reconnaissance, the engine is started electronically. At the time of the war, engines were started by spinning the propeller blades manually, rather than by an electric ignition.
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Private Krotoshinsky mentions how he "took the test", became an American and volunteered for military service. The real Abraham Krotoshinsky immigrated to the U.S. in 1912, worked as a barber until the outbreak of war, and did not become a citizen until after the war. Additionally he was one of the soldiers in Co K, 307th Infantry, not a replacement for the 308th.
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At the end of the movie, the rolling text states that several soldiers were awarded the "Congressional Medal of Honor". There is no such thing. Section 3741, Title 10, United States Code (10 USC 3741) states that the correct name of the award is "The Medal of Honor".
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(at around 1h 24 mins) The collar insignia shown with everyone's collars now open, have clutch back devices, during this period they only had screw on or pin back insignia.
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Plot holes 

Private Chinn is left behind at the phone outpost in the woods because the battalion did not have enough phone wire to reach the objective at the mill. However in one scene Major Whittlesey, while at the mill, attempts to contact him by phone but the line is cut. Since the battalion did not have enough wire to reach the mill, he should not have had the phone, it should have been with Chinn.
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Revealing mistakes 

When entering the first skirmish with the Germans in the forest, Capt McMurtry is seen cocking his pistol. It is clearly visible there is no actual round loaded into the chamber. Therefore the gun was not loaded.
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All soldiers in the film who are wearing gas mask bags in the "Ready" position have the bags on backwards. During WWI gas mask bags were worn with the snaps against the chest, not facing outward.
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