* The budding friendship between Leutnant Horstmayer and Lieutenant Audebert. Bear in mind that, despite the friendly ties between the two nations nowadays, at the time Franco-German enmity was seen as inevitable - almost genetic - which makes their amity that much more touching. In particular, this little exchange.
--> '''Horstmayer:''' Once we invade Paris, the war will be over, and you can invite me for a drink at your house.
--> '''Audebert:''' You know, you don't need to invade Paris to have a drink with me.
** Of course, at the end of the film, Horstmayer reveals that [[spoiler: his wife is French]], so he was defying the "Erbfeindschaft" from the beginning.
* Though almost all the characters are fictional, the events depicted in the film [[RousseauWasRight really happened]]. And not just in one place. And not only on the Western front, either.
* Spink's expression when he hears the bagpipes. His look of childlike wonder is enough to melt anyone's heart.
* After a terrible argument between Lieutenant Audebert and his father, a general, the lieutenant reveals he has a son named Henri. The general, while disagreeing with his son over the war, tells him "Let's both try and survive this war for him.".