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The Monuments Men (2014) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The map of Germany and the Low Countries Stokes and his men are bent over shows a map with the modern-day coastlines, including the Dutch province of Flevoland. However, the 1,000 square kilometer island only came into being in 1968 when it was reclaimed from the sea, long after the Second World War.
The version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is sung with the lyrics "'Hang a shining star upon the highest bough.'' These lines were not added to the song until 1957.
While photo colorization wasn't entirely unknown in the 1940s, most of Stokes' film slides (during his post-war lecture/debriefing) would have been in black-and-white.
When the main characters are looking at a map of Belgium, the Netherlands and a part of Germany. The Dutch province 'Flevoland' is displayed as a part of the Netherlands. Flevoland however wasn't reclaimed until 1968, before that time it was a lake called the 'zuiderzee'.
The turntable playing the "record from home" is shown rotating at too slow a speed. A phonograph record at that time would be rotating at a much faster rate of 78 rpm.
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Continuity 

The first mention of the Madonna is in connection with the Onze Lieve Vrouw Kerk. The church shown in the film, though, is a completely different one. Also, the Madonna is displayed in an altar piece, not standing on its own.

Errors in geography 

During live fire training, the location of the World War I memorial is attributed to Saint Louis, Missouri. The sculptor upon whom John Goodman's character is based designed sculptures for St. Louis' World War I memorial, which is called the Soldiers Memorial and should not be confused with the National World War I Memorial located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Factual errors 

In the movie, it was mentioned for several times that the Madonna is stolen from the cathedral in Bruges. In reality, the Madonna is on display in the Church of Our Lady, not the cathedral of St. Saviours.
In front of the salt mine in Altaussee, they tell us that "this territory goes to the Russians". But in fact the whole area in Altausse belonged to the American occupation zone. The Russian zone was way further to the North and to the East.
Just-liberated Paris would still have been under blackout, as would Bruges, about to be evacuated by German forces.
When Matt Damon's character, James Granger, an Army officer, visits the apartment of Cate Blanchett's character, Claire Simon, he is not wearing his uniform but is wearing a casual, short-sleeve shirt instead. During World War II, it was a strict rule that members of the military had to wear their uniforms at all times, on and off base, even while home on leave. This scene, however, is in liberated Paris, 1944, and still considered a war zone. The casual attire of this character is seriously against military regulations during WWII, especially for a war zone.

Miscellaneous 

One of the Monuments Men is taken for a ride on a biplane that has been hidden in a French barn. The aircraft registration number starts with a G, indicating that it was not registered in France, but in Great Britain.

Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When old Stokes comes back to Bruges to see the Madona in 1977, he can come close to the statue to view it. Since 1972, the statue has been behind bulletproof glass and the public can not come closer than 15 feet.

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