I don't understand 2:00:15/2:56:12 of A Bridge Too Far (1977). I quote this transcript:

That's far enough! We can hear you from there.

Rather an interesting development, sir.

My general says there is no point in continuing this fighting. He is willing to discuss a surrender.

Tell him to go to hell. We haven't the proper facilities to take you all prisoner! Sorry.


We'd like to, but we can't accept your surrender. Was there anything else?

The Germans won Operation Market Garden.

So the Germans wouldn't have needed to surrender. Did he intend to say a surrender by the British to the Germans?

  • I think that the British soldier was probably being sarcastic, pretending to believe that it was the Germans who needed to surrender. Dec 12 '19 at 15:10
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    Could you identify the speakers? The transcript would make a whole lot more sense that way.
    – T.J.L.
    Dec 12 '19 at 19:36

Why did the Germans try to surrender to the British under a white flag?

They didn't.

The British soldier is being sarcastic aand indicating that, since there is no way the British would surrender he is deliberately misunderstanding the German request and stating that he thinks it's the German's intention to surrender.

  • Just to add on to this for clarity: the white flag technically does not mean "we surrender" -- it means "stop shooting, we want to talk for a minute." Very often, the white flag is waved because the person waving it wishes to surrender, but not always. In this case, the German was holding the white flag so he could approach the British lines safely and propose that the British surrender.
    – ruffdove
    Oct 24 '20 at 0:39

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