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8th Apr '16 5:12:46 PM eroock
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* Any submarine that flipped upside down, as depicted in ''Film/TheNavigator'', would not right itself but would go straight to the bottom, guaranteed.
8th Apr '16 2:12:18 AM FurryKef
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** In the British television series ''Edward VII'', Otto von Bismarck was shown wearing an Iron Cross in the 1860s. But being too young to have served in 1813-1815, he only got an Iron Cross during the war of 1870/71. (Bismarck's monarch, King Wilhelm I, did have an Iron Cross at that time. It had been awarded to him when he was serving in the French campaign of 1814 as sixteen-year-old).

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** In the British television series ''Edward VII'', Otto von Bismarck was shown wearing an Iron Cross in the 1860s. But being too young to have served in 1813-1815, he only got an Iron Cross during the war of 1870/71. (Bismarck's monarch, King Wilhelm I, did have an Iron Cross at that time. It had been awarded to him when he was serving in the French campaign of 1814 as sixteen-year-old).sixteen-year-old.)
6th Apr '16 5:11:52 PM eroock
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* Any submarine that flipped upside down, as depicted in ''Film/TheNavigator'', would not right itself but would go straight to the bottom, guaranteed.
6th Apr '16 1:14:47 PM FurryKef
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** The outdated uniforms, weapons, open-bay style barracks, etc. usually stand out to most, and nowadays 1st Sgt. Snorkel would be NJP'd and removed from command of Beetle's platoon for striking a subordinate, if not outright put in the brig for how severely he beats him. Oddly enough, there ''have'' been a few strips where Snorkel is thrown in the brig with his stripes ripped off after he does something ''really'' stupid (like wreck General Halftrack's car in a fit of rage) but this [[ResetButton only lasts a day at most.]]
** Almost everyone calls Beetle by his nickname (1st Sgt. Snorkel does almost exclusively). While not completely unheard of, it's essentially his first name (he had the nickname prior to the service) and most nicknames a superior would call you would be something you earned in service. Gen. Halftrack and a few of the Lieutenants do occasionally call him Private Bailey, however.

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** The outdated uniforms, weapons, open-bay style barracks, etc. usually stand out to most, and nowadays 1st Sgt. Snorkel would be NJP'd and removed from command of Beetle's platoon for striking a subordinate, if not outright put in the brig for how severely he beats him. Oddly enough, there ''have'' been a few strips where Snorkel is thrown in the brig with his stripes ripped off after he does something ''really'' stupid (like wreck General Halftrack's car in a fit of rage) but this [[ResetButton only lasts a day at most.]]
** Almost everyone calls Beetle by his nickname (1st Sgt.(Sgt. Snorkel does almost exclusively). While not completely unheard of, it's essentially his first name (he had the nickname prior to the service) and most nicknames a superior would call you would be something you earned in service. Gen. Halftrack and a few of the Lieutenants do occasionally call him Private Bailey, however.
6th Apr '16 1:08:52 PM FurryKef
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** In the same book, the Coast Guard cutter ''Panache'' has as part of it's crew two separate Master Chiefs. For a ship of that size, which would have barely one hundred crew members, ''one'' Master Chief would be too many. Justified in that the Coast Guard gave the captain the pick of the litter as far as a strong team of enlisted experts, but still.

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** In the same book, the Coast Guard cutter ''Panache'' has as part of it's its crew two separate Master Chiefs. For a ship of that size, which would have barely one hundred crew members, ''one'' Master Chief would be too many. Justified in that the Coast Guard gave the captain the pick of the litter as far as a strong team of enlisted experts, but still.
29th Mar '16 10:02:58 PM ObsidianFire
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** In the original [[TheFilmOfTheBook novel]] (The Short-Timers, by Gustav Hasford, himself a Vietnam veteran) Joker, being [[DeadpanSnarker Joker]] and {{GenreSavvy}}, was saluting the officer in a combat zone on purpose - and when explicitly ordered to.

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** In the original [[TheFilmOfTheBook novel]] (The Short-Timers, by Gustav Hasford, himself a Vietnam veteran) Joker, being [[DeadpanSnarker Joker]] and {{GenreSavvy}}, Joker]], was saluting the officer in a combat zone on purpose - and when explicitly ordered to.
26th Mar '16 8:11:15 PM dmcreif
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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' notes [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20592_6-common-video-game-mechanics-that-are-actually-war-crimes.html just how many common video game mechanics out there]] would qualify as war crimes in real life.
18th Mar '16 2:53:03 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/TheBlueMax'' the costume design department perhaps attempted to show off their work - only to [[EpicFail fail miserably]], dressing ''each one'' German pilot into the uniform of the Prussian 1st Uhlan Regiment - which Manfred von Richthofen (a.k.a. The RedBaron) usually wore, but which was certainly not a general issue in the Imperial German Army Air Service ([[GratuitousGerman Luftstreitkräfte]]). Also, the German aircraft are depicted sporting the curve-sided crosses (''cross pattée'') insignia, which is incorrect for the period post March 1918; also using armament without [[BottomlessMagazines any ammo feed]]. Apparently {{Rule of Cool}} [[http://www.jackhunter.com/BlueMaxOTFInfo.htm reigned supreme]].

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* In ''Film/TheBlueMax'' the costume design department perhaps attempted to show off their work - only to [[EpicFail fail miserably]], miserably, dressing ''each one'' German pilot into the uniform of the Prussian 1st Uhlan Regiment - which Manfred von Richthofen (a.k.a. The RedBaron) usually wore, but which was certainly not a general issue in the Imperial German Army Air Service ([[GratuitousGerman Luftstreitkräfte]]). Also, the German aircraft are depicted sporting the curve-sided crosses (''cross pattée'') insignia, which is incorrect for the period post March 1918; also using armament without [[BottomlessMagazines any ammo feed]]. Apparently {{Rule of Cool}} [[http://www.jackhunter.com/BlueMaxOTFInfo.htm reigned supreme]].
11th Mar '16 9:02:53 AM LondonKdS
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This should probably not be applied to stories set in entirely imaginary cultures, unless they show something utterly implausible, or out of keeping with what's seen in the rest of the culture (eg a supposed libertarian democracy that treats its soldiers more callously than the World War II Red Army, or a culture that is meant to be very hierarchical and repressive having armed forces that are very MildlyMilitary).
29th Feb '16 7:26:11 PM Bissek
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* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has Ross legally justifying his obsessive manhunt for Banner by claiming that he's trying to bring him in for the murder of some people who were killed during the Hulk's initial rampages. Unfortunately, the Posse Comitatus Act makes it illegal for the US Army to enforce the laws of the state unless specifically authorized to do so by an Act of Congress or an Executive Order. So Ross' attempt to make his actions legal should have gotten him two years in prison (Plus whatever the court-martial tacks on to his sentence for misappropriation of Army resources, sending an unauthorized commando mission into a friendly country which has had an active extradition treaty with the US for ''forty years'' to capture a fugitive instead of using standard channels and any of the death and destruction brought about by the manhunt that he would be considered responsible for).

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* ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' has Ross legally justifying his obsessive manhunt for Banner by claiming that he's trying to bring him in for the murder of some people who were killed during the Hulk's initial rampages. Unfortunately, the Posse Comitatus Act makes it illegal for the US Army military to enforce the laws of the state states unless specifically authorized to do so by an Act of Congress or an Executive Order. So Ross' attempt to make his actions legal should have gotten him two years in prison (Plus whatever the court-martial tacks on to his sentence for misappropriation of Army military resources, sending an unauthorized commando mission into a friendly country which has had an active extradition treaty with the US for ''forty years'' to capture a fugitive instead of using standard channels and any of the death and destruction brought about by the manhunt that he would be considered responsible for).


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* In ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'', Colonel Breed bullies his way into the Dozen's training camp and tries to coerce them into explaining their mission. Since he wasn't authorized to be in said camp or to know anything about their mission, this should have gotten him a long and uncomfortable interview with Intelligence while they figured out whether he was an enemy spy or just a pushy jerk with no respect for operational security and need-to-know. Instead, he remained in command of his unit, which held a critical role in a major exercise the following week.
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