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Anachronisms 

A ditched British Mark II tank appears briefly. The film is set on April 6th, 1917. Tanks were not used in the area where the film is set until April 9th, 1917.
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Character error 

Blake refers to picking cherries in May. Cherries are usually harvested in June at the earliest in England.
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When Schofield leaves the truck at Écoust due to the bridge being out, he's told that the nearest intact bridge is 6 miles. When he is later going down-river, an intact bridge can be seen in the background. However, the first crossing was of a canal, while after running around/across the village it may be a different river he is reaching.
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Continuity 

The injury Schofield suffers to his neck is healed by the time that he gets to the front line. Not a scratch, scar or mark.
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When Blake and Schofield walk through No Man's Land, their boots become caked in mud, but after they go through the German bunker and come out of the other side the mud is gone despite them not cleaning it off.
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When Schofield sees the cow in the field near the barn, the carcass of another cow is seen at a distance. However, when he and Blake turn towards the field again to observe the dogfight, the carcass is gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Right after speaking to the major outside the Colonel's command post, two soldiers on the right hold their rifles inclined to the camera. One can clearly see how there is a flat metal surface where there should be the rifle bore hole, indicating they are fake movie props.
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Errors in geography 

Reaching Croisilles from Écoust-Saint-Mein, you have to cross a river, La Sensée. This river is a narrow stream though, without any rapids, let alone waterfalls, given the flatness of the Arras plain.
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Factual errors 

The British medical station is above ground and too close to the front lines. It is well within range of German artillery. Normally, such large open-air stations would be miles behind the front lines. Smaller, underground aid stations would give first aid to the wounded. Then they would move to the larger medical stations.
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Shortly before Blake and Schofield depart into No Man's Land between the lines Schofield loads his SMLE rifle with a single stripper clip containing five rounds of .303 ammo. The SMLE (Short Magazine Lee Enfield) has a magazine capacity of ten rounds which are loaded from two stripper clips.
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It is implied that nighttime will provide the right cover of darkness for passing through enemy territory (and no moon is visible in the film), yet April 6-7, 1917 was the date of the full moon.
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It is an Albatross fighter glimpsed minutes before crashing (appropriate as the movie is set during "Bloody April" named by the RFC after the arrival of the "Tross".) A close-up shows sheet metal with rivets whereas the airplane had a smooth, molded plywood fuselage.
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The grass in the meadow in the end shot is almost knee-high and blooming. This is not possible at the beginning of April in Europe.
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By April 1917 (when the movie takes place) the Allies already knew that the Germans had withdrawn and had built a new heavy defensive line. The line had been built during the winter and the Allies first got wind of the withdrawal and the new line in early March 1917, so the attacking regiment should have been aware of it.
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At the very beginning of the movie while walking inside the trenches, Blake and Schofield pass a soldier carrying a rifle on his left shoulder. Even worse, they then meet Sergeant Sanders carrying his rifle in the same, incorrect way. Any trained soldier would never make such a mistake.
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Saluting without headgear. When Schofield meets Col. McKenzie he salutes him with no helmet or headgear of any type. This would never happen in the British Army. You must have a head covering of some sort in order to salute.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Lance Corporal Schofield at one stage was washed down some rapids. When he finally delivers the message from the General it is completely readable whereas submerged in the water, the ink of the time would have totally run down and been unreadable. However, Schofield is earlier seen placing the letter from the general into a metal box with his photographs, and this box might have been watertight enough to keep the contents dry during the time he was submerged.
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Revealing mistakes 

A bomb going off a couple feet away from the two soldiers inside a small underground bunker would deafen them, probably permanently. It doesn't affect them at all, not even a ringing in their ears.
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When the two soldiers finally reach the German entrenchments and find them abandoned, it appears as if the departing Germans swept and vacuumed the trenches upon their departure. No empty ammunition boxes, no waste, no paper, just cleanly swept and the retreating German army would certainly not have cleaned the area.
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After the whistle to go "over the top" as Schofield leaves the trenches in the climactic scene in his desperate bid to reach Colonel Mackenzie, three (seemingly unarmed) charging British soldiers are seen on the left of the frame. It would have been impossible for them to reach that position without starting their attack alone well before the whistle, and were surely mistakenly added as a special effect.
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Character error 

Schofield bursts through a door while searching for the German sniper and gets wounded. Scofield was given extra grenades at the outset of his mission, so he should have opened the door and thrown in a grenade instead.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Lance Corporal Blake is bleeding out you can see his face is turning pale - but not his hands. However, this is not unrealistic, as the head and face are highly vascularized (have a high volume of blood flow) compared to extremities, and his head is being kept higher than the wound, while his hands are lower, so there would be more visible effect in his face than his hands.
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