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Subj: the man with the iron heart (2017)
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 at 09:30:20 am EDT (Viewed 77 times)
Reply Subj: All the deaths of Heydrich (1964-2017)
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 at 08:15:50 am EDT (Viewed 122 times)

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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.

the most recent version is by far the worst (and I can't blame hollywood, this is a Belgian film).

First off, they set it in a busy throughfare with hundreds of extras. (My wife walked in an asked if it was a joke scene as it has so many bystanders. If even a casual historian like her notices this, its bloody inaccurate). Its not even filmed on a curve (a key part of the operation was that the car would slow down at a turn.)

it gets the gun jam and bomb right, but in the aftermath chase, there is no butcher shop. We do get to see that the soldiers thought the operation was a failure, which is accurate as they saw Heydrich standing and shooting.

this version might have been ok if we didnt have all of the much more accurate versions from before.

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