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Anachronisms 

In the final battle the Devons attack with absolutely no artillery support. That might have happened early in the war but certainly wouldn't have happened in 1917, when the allied armies were much better at coordinated attacks.
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Continuity 

When Lance Corporal Blake is bleeding out you can see his face is turning pale - but not his hands.
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The injury he 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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Schofield gives the French woman some tinned food from his backpack. Yet earlier he and his companion Blake often complained about having no food.
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The film is billed as happening 'in real time' and runs for two hours. Yet the events occur through daylight, then nightime and then daylight the next day, so the events could not possibly have taken place in that two hour period.
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Factual errors 

During several scenes where Lance Corporal Schofield is being shot at in the town, the sound of the gun can be heard, and then the bullet ricochet near him. This is inaccurate as the bullet ricochet would be followed by the gun shot as the bullet is traveling faster than the speed of sound.
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Lance Corporal Schofield carries a bolt action rifle, that requires chambering a round before it can fire. In one scene however - when firing at a window - he fires twice without chambering a new round.
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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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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 where as 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 withdraw 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 solider would *never* make such a mistake.
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Miscellaneous 

Shortly before Blake and Schofield depart into the no mans land between the front line Schofield loads his SMLE rifle with a single stripper clip containing of five rounds .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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When Schofield leaves the truck at Écoust due to the bridge being out, he's told that the nearest intact bridge is 6 miles. However, when he is later going down-river, an intact bridge can be seen in the background.
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Plot holes 

The mission to warn the regiment not to attack was unnecessary. The general could have had an airplane drop the message to the attacking regiment. It was a common practice during the war.
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The letter is soaked in a river for several minutes and is still clearly legible afterwards, Ink at the time would not have been able to survive such treatment.
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Spoilers

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Character error 

Scofield 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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