Corrected entry: During the climactic final scenes of the "movie", Zoellar is shown operating a bolt action rifle as he shoots numerous American soldiers. In at least one scene, a half-dozen soldiers are shot within a very few seconds, something he would be unable to do with a bolt action rifle.
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, when Colonel Landa shows up and Lapidite is chopping wood, the shot before he pauses indicates he's about to chop wood but the stump doesn't have a piece to chop. When he pauses, he just slowly places it on the stump. His action was to chop but there was no wood.
Corrected entry: In the bar scene, the Gestapo officer says that he will buy the men a '33 whiskey. However, later, the Gestapo officer says that Lt. Hicox is no more German than that "scotch." Hicox perpetuates this later by saying that there is a "special rung in hell for people who waste good scotch."
Corrected entry: Hugo Stiglitz has his name and picture displayed through German newspapers as one who kills Nazis. He has killed many Gestapo officers, and is well-known among the ranks. However, in the bar scene, the Gestapo officer who says that he knows any German officers worth knowing does not recognize him at all, despite the fact that Stiglitz was sitting right next to him.
Corrected entry: During Joseph Goebbels' and Fredrick Zoller's film premier, between Hitler's laughs, there is a shot of a soldier falling from a window into a well letting out the ever-famous "Wilhelm scream." Goebbels' film is said to be released in 1944, but the "Wilhelm scream" debuted in 1951. (Though Tarantino may have deliberately used this as an homage or in-joke, it is still a mistake.)
Corrected entry: When Col Landa is discussing with Aldo and the little man how probable it is for his offer to be considered plausible, he says Aldo would be right 999.999 out of a million, which is less then 10%. What he presumably meant was 999,999.999 out of a million, or 999.999 out of a thousand.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Lt. Aldo Raine is briefing the newly formed squad of Basterds, he wears the Special Forces Branch Insignia on the left collar of his chocolate brown shirt. The special forces didn't exist as a separate branch (and had no own insignia) until June 19, 1952. Since this particular scene happens in 1944 it is not possible for Lt. Aldo Raine to wear this SF branch insignia. He is however part of the 1st Special Service Force (shown by the red USA-CANADA patch on his left sleeve), which is the predecessor of the modern US and Canadian Special Forces. (00:22:40)
Corrected entry: When Shoshanna is putting on makeup, she puts two war-paint like stripes on her cheeks. A few seconds later, they're gone.
Corrected entry: During the outdoor interrogation scene where Wicki is translating, you can see a bright yellow maple leaf on the left side of his chest. This may be a reference/homage to the bright yellow stars that Jewish had to wear on the left breast of their clothes during the Nazi regime in some countries in Europe where they had control.
Corrected entry: I'm not sure if this qualifies as trivia or if it's just a coincidence. During the scene where Wicki is translating for the German sergeant about the location/number of German troops in an apple orchard, there is a single bright yellow maple leaf on his left chest. This perhaps is an homage to the bright yellow stars of David that Jews had to wear on their clothes during the Nazi regime.
Corrected entry: In the bar, Major Hellstrom, while recognising accents, refers to the two German-speaking Basterds as Lieutenant Stuttgart and Lieutenant Munich. However, these are both in Germany and Wicki is Austrian-born. Either a mistake or Hellstrom isn't as good with accents as he thinks he is.
Corrected entry: During all the time that the German major is intruding on Von Hammersmark and her conversation with the German-born Basterds, the major doesn't appear to recognize Stieglitz. He murdered 13 German officers: one would think that his face would be plastered all over on "Wanted" posters or advisory communiques to the German military. It doesn't seem likely that the German army would forget about his treason so quickly. Landa knew about Stieglitz and what he had done, so why didn't the German major? You'd think he'd be high enough in rank/security clearance to know this information.
Corrected entry: The outer layer of human skin is bonded to the subcutaneous layers beneath. When Raine is cutting the swastika into Landa's forehead at the end of the movie, the extreme close-ups reveal that the "skin" is a thin layer of rubber attached to a blood pack - you can see the edges peel up as he is making the incisions.
Corrected entry: When the "Kraut Sarge" is beaten to death by Donny, you can see that the baseball bat strikes the direct center of the German's forehead after he is on the ground, though when his body is shown lying there, there is no gash in the center of his forehead, but instead on his left temple. The wound has changed positions.
Corrected entry: At the beginning, when the SS motorbike is on its way to the farmer's house, we can see the motorbike going over the very same part of the road again, and again, and again, in 3-4 shots.
Corrected entry: Fredrick Zoller has a rank of "Oberschutze" (he has a 4-pointed star on his sleeve). This rank was in use only before the war to differ experienced privates from new recruits. Having such rank in 1944 is impossible.