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9th Jun '16 7:15:11 PM Bissek
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Upon hearing "John has a long mustache" on the radio, one Frenchman immediately rushes off to join his resistance cell in cutting the local phone lines, leaving his barely touched dinner behind.
9th Jun '16 7:04:35 PM Bissek
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* DueToTheDead: Upon reaching Sainte-Mère-Église, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort's first priority isn't to take the town as ordered, but to get the bodies of the men who were killed while dropping into the town off of the trees and telephone poles they had landed on.
8th Jun '16 8:26:21 PM Bissek
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** A great many important German officers were away from their posts on the morning of the invasion... so that they could participate in war games about a cross-channel invasion by the Allies.

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** A great many important German officers were away from their posts on the morning of the invasion... so that they could participate in war games about a cross-channel invasion by the Allies.Allies - and in which the person selected to command the [=OpForce=] had chosen a battle plan that bore many similarities to the one Eisenhower came up with and implemented.
6th Jun '16 2:29:59 PM Viper16
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* {{Determinator}}: The Fighting 29th at Omaha, especially when it comes to destroying the wall that's pinning them down on the beach. When it's pointed out to General Cota that they've already tried to blow it up three times and been shot down every time, his order is to try again.



** A lesser example with Von Rundstedt: after Hitler is awake but still hasn't released the panzer reserves, Blumentritt suggests that he call headquarters and make a direct appeal. Rundstedt refuses, enraged at the notion of "crawling on my knees to that Bohemian corporal? No! It's out of the question!"

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** A lesser example with Von Rundstedt: after Hitler is awake but still hasn't released the panzer reserves, Blumentritt suggests that he call headquarters and make a direct appeal. Rundstedt refuses, enraged at the notion of "crawling on my knees to that Bohemian corporal? No! It's out of the question!" question!" To be fair, it may very well not have worked, but refusing to even try on a point of pride makes it this trope.


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** An even more egregious example with General Marcks, who's just explained his plan at the upcoming war-gaming exercise (where he's been assigned the role of Eisenhower): instead of invading in Pas-de-Calais during perfect weather as everyone expects, he'll invade in Normandy, taking the longer path, "and in terrible weather! Like now!" He then reassures his assistant that it is, thankfully, just a game: the real Eisenhower would never risk making such a gamble. "Never!"
6th Jun '16 2:12:52 PM Viper16
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* ButtMonkey: "Sergeant Coffepot." He has exactly two scenes in the movie, one at the beginning where he's being ridiculed (from out of earshot) by a French civilian, the next one where he arrives at the beach just in time to freak out and run from the Allied bombardment.



** A lesser example with Von Rundstedt: after Hitler is awake but still hasn't released the panzer reserves, Blumentritt suggests that he call headquarters and make a direct appeal. Rundstedt refuses, enraged at the notion of "crawling on my knees to that Bohemian corporal? No! It's out of the question!"



* QuickDraw: A scaled up version of this happens at Ouistreham, between a French ''tank'' and a German bunker, each of them swiveling their main gun towards the other as quickly as possible so they can shoot first. [[spoiler:The tank wins]].




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* UltimateJobSecurity: Priller (see TheAce above). Lampshaded a few seconds before we even meet him, when we find out that the reason he hasn't been court-martialed yet is that he's shot down over a hundred enemy planes. This allows him to chew out his own superior officer in a way that would almost certainly never be tolerated from a less exceptional pilot.
9th May '16 1:41:06 PM TheDoctor1996
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* RatedMForManly
11th Apr '16 3:12:32 PM Faberlich
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Averted. The British, Canadian and French divisions of the Normandy landings do their part in reaching their objectives. Almost subverted with Omaha Beach, where the Americans were stuck until a HeroicSacrifice opens up the German defenses.

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* AmericaSavesTheDay: Averted. The British, British and Canadian divisions and French divisions commandos of the Normandy landings do their part in reaching their objectives. Almost subverted with Omaha Beach, where the Americans were stuck until a HeroicSacrifice opens up the German defenses.
19th Mar '16 6:37:31 PM Red-Dead-Redeemer
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* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone with a passing remembrance of world history knows the Allies secure their foothold in Western Europe on June 6 1944. And will go on to win the war.



* HeroicBSOD: That horrified look on paratrooper John Steele's face as he dangles from the Sainte-Mère-Église church belltower...

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* HeroicBSOD: That horrified look on paratrooper John Steele's face as he dangles from the Sainte-Mère-Église church belltower...bell tower...
29th Feb '16 1:28:56 AM Mdumas43073
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'''''The Longest Day''''' is the title of a book by Cornelius Ryan describing the events of D-Day through the eyes of as many of the participants -- Allied, German and local inhabitants -- as he could find and interview.

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'''''The ''The Longest Day''''' Day'' is the title of a book by Cornelius Ryan describing the events of D-Day through the eyes of as many of the participants -- Allied, German and local inhabitants -- as he could find and interview.
2nd Dec '15 1:57:05 PM BobTanaka
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* TemptingFate: While scanning the beach, Plushkatt sighs "Not even a seagull..." At that moment, [[OhCrap the invasion fleet emerges from the fog.]]

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* TemptingFate: While scanning the beach, Plushkatt Col. Pluskat sighs "Not even a seagull..." At that precise moment, [[OhCrap the invasion fleet emerges from the fog.]]
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