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Subj: operation daybreak (1975)
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 at 08:32:20 am EDT (Viewed 84 times)
Reply Subj: All the deaths of Heydrich (1964-2017)
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Operation Anthropoid was the most famous operation in Czech military history. In 1942, Czechoslovak undercover soldiers had been parachuted into Prague by the RAF. As reprisal for executing Czech intellectuals, the "Parachutists" (as they were known) pulled off the assassination of Rynhard Heydrich, the "Butcher of Prague", Hitler's number 2 man.

For us, the operation is famous and has been filmed often. For fun, I thought I'd take a look at the different depictions of the actual operation. (I am by no means an expert, just using what I know.)

The operation itself was carried out by a 3 man unit at the location. the main two were a Czech named Jan Kubis and a Slovak named Jozef Gabcik. Heydrich was killed as his car was driving through Prague. Gabcik tried to shoot him with a submachine gun that jammed. Kubis then threw an anti-tank bomb under his car. Although it didnt appear to kill Heydrich on the scene, he died later in the hospital.

Below I'll take a look at the youtube clips I can find seperated.

All of the Parachutists were betrayed and killed in the basement of an Orthodox church (you can visit the church and see the bullet holes)
As a reprisal, the Germans randomly wiped out the entire town of Lidice and Lezaky, men, women and children who had nothing to do with the attack, up to 5000 Czechs were killed in reprisals. this brutal tactic put an end to future assassination attempts.

A british film shot on location in Prague, seems to get a lot of the details right from what we know.

The operation took place on May 27 so I dont know what the weather was like, but this one has the bleakest and coldest looking atmosphere. It correctly shows Heydrich riding alone in his open-topped car with only a driver as he wanted to demonstrate his control over the populace.

Kubis and Gabcik are waiting at a tram stop with their bicycles they used to escape, with the lookout man signaling them when the car was approaching. He uses a cigarette rather than a mirror (which was the real means).

I don't think this one was filmed at the actual location (I've been there) but it correctly shows an uncrowded area with a sharp turn that the car would have to slow down to navigate.

Gabcik tries to shoot and his gun jams, which is accurate. He runs and is followed by Heydrich's driver on foot. In the confusion Kubis throws a bomb (which looks like a grenade here) under the car (not into) which injures Heydrich but he still manages to escape the car.

But I have to say great stuntwork here as there is no cut from the bomb exploding. that stuntman seems to take the brunt of the explosion.

then a brief gunfight as Kubis flees and Heydrich collapses.

Missing some detail but pretty darn good overall.

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