Glaring Mistakes

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by Dave55, May 11, 2019.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Saw this one on a modeling site. It didn't give the name of the book.


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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Dont they know every German tank was a Tiger. ;-)
     
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  4. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    I can ID ETO equipment pretty well but I still have trouble telling an Oscar from a Zero if I haven't looked at them for a while.
     
  5. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Were those from the SAME book? Ye gods!
     
  6. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Oscar has a longer fuselage behind the cockpit and a generally lighter and slimmer look.
     
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  7. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    Not an entirely modern phenomena, but I am starting to think that there's a new 'knowledge base' being constructed on foundations that are only as deep as the first results page of an internet search. Print works can sometimes include mistitled photos or entirely transposed ones. I recall one in a fairly cheap and cheerful book on the history of the tank that showed a photo of a NATO era Leopard I in the WW2 section, and a Panzer IV in the Cold War section.

    Certainly the above is particularly egregious and it would be interesting to know who published it. I've been reminded myself lately of the joys of proofreading, fact checking and sourcing references.

    Gary
     
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  8. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Not correct.. "Every Japanese fighter was a Zero." :)
     
  9. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Nailed it.

    The ones in post #2 are from a very recent book by a pretty well-known chap.
    Was genuinely surprised as you assume there is proof-reading.
    No idea if he'll respond on Twatter now as a few shouters have got going, but it'd be interesting to hear his perspective.
     
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  10. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    I very much doubt there will be a response but the paperback will be interesting to have a flick through to the corresponding pages when it is published.
     
  11. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    Weeeell... I think I know one book I will skip, at least until the reviews come in.
     
  12. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    It is amazing how the identical content can appear in so many different places on the web. The cut and paste generation proliferates at will.

    As Mark Twain is reputed to have said, A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
     
  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I would have noticed the tracks just learnt something new so now wont miss identify the next time I bump into some armour/armor

    British M3 Grant (left) and Lee (right) at El Alamein (Egypt), in the Sahara Desert, 1942, showing differences between the British turret and the original design.

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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Good thing the Swordfish were too slow for the antiaircraft sights on the Bismarck to track.. If only they could have stopped and been completely motionless they would have been absolutely impossible to hit.
     
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  15. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    You jest but a cousin of mine served for many years on these RCAF beauties, out over the Atlantic. He very seriously made the claim that their slow speed made them a difficult target for jet fighters. I advised him to drink a little less Kool-Aid. Before they replaced the Argus with the Aurora, the air frames wouldn't allow more than half throttle.

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  16. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Have any of you ever heard of a 1944 US fighter called the "P-48 Lightwing"? It was mentioned in a book I am reading at present. There have been some other egregious mistakes, such as referring to a German "M42" machine gun as a being water-cooled. :screwy:
     
  17. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Watching Dr Stangelove and noticed that one of the base security men's grease gun turned into an MP 40 in one scene.

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  18. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Thats the one for the diet conscious - you know, with less fat and sugar

    TD
     
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