* 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.