Operation Amsterdam

Synopsis: During WW II, British commandos visit occupied Holland to keep a fortune in diamonds out of Nazi hands. Tense action follows as Anna, Jan and their colleagues play cat and mouse with the Dutch army, knowing that one of their number may be a traitor.
Genre: Drama, History, War
104 min

At 4... 00 a.m. On Friday, May 10, 1940,

Hitler invaded Holland.

So began a weekend destined to become

one of the most momentous in history.

The following day, Saturday, May 11,

Winston Churchill became Prime Minister.

a mission was mounted

with such speed and secrecy...

that no written word of it ever appeared

in the official files of the War Cabinet.

The purpose of the mission...

to get all the industrial diamonds

out of Amsterdam...

before the Germans took over the city.

In a room above a shop

in one of London's back streets...

two of the three men chosen

for such a dangerous task...

met for their final briefing.

One was Walter Keyser...

a Dutch diamond expert...

a quiet man who'd lived in England

for 10 years.

The other, Maj. Dillon...

an experienced intelligence officer,

who was to be in charge of the party.

But the key man on Operation Amsterdam

was Jan Smit...

a friend of Walter Keyser,

and another diamond expert...

who knew practically every Dutch merchant

in Amsterdam.

He was also a man in love with life.

Jan Smit knew that the value of the stocks

held in Amsterdam...

was between 9 and 10 million pounds.

He also knew

there was no figure big enough...

to describe their worth

to the German war effort.

For without industrial diamonds

to cut and bore...

tanks and airplanes could not be built.

Sorry I'm late, sir.

You know Councilor De Mattos

of the Netherlands Legation.

Of course.

Maj. Dillon, here,

will be in charge of the party.

How do you do?

- Have you heard from your father?

- Nothing from Holland.

All we know is German agents

give great prices for industrial diamonds.

The time is short, gentlemen,

so I'll get straight to the point.

Operation Amsterdam has been given

the highest possible priority.

The government considers it so important,

they're placing a destroyer at your disposal.

It will take you to ljmuiden.

That's the nearest port to Amsterdam.

Magnetic mines have been sown

at all the harbor entrances...

and German parachutists are established

around three sides of The Hague.

A number of them have been killed already,

in Amsterdam.

Many were wearing Dutch uniforms.

Fifth columnists are everywhere.

It can no longer be assumed...

that a Dutch uniform

contains a loyal Dutch soldier.

One final thing, gentlemen.

We know the German troops have been

ordered to cut off Amsterdam by tomorrow.


if you're caught...

we cannot help you.


Your job is to get the Amsterdam stocks.

My job is to bring you

and the diamonds back safely.

And I want no dead heroes on this trip.

Gentlemen, these documents state...

that your journey is at the request

of the British Government...

and has the full approval of

the Netherlands Legation, here in London.

May I, for the benefit of both our peoples...

wish you Godspeed

and success to your mission.

- Going on holiday, Major?

- I've got another little job to do.

But don't worry,

it won't interfere with our plans.

- Shall I take the cases?

- No, thanks, I can manage.

Very well, sir. If you'll follow me, gentlemen.

What do you suppose

our guests are up to, sir?

I don't know. Dillon's easy enough to place.

But the two Dutchmen...

Can you see a light ahead, Number One?

Dead ahead, sir.

Let's hope it's the mole.

Slow ahead, both.

Slow ahead, both, sir.

Steady as you go.

Steady as you go, sir.

The approach is mined.

Watch out for strays.

Are you going to take her in, sir?

It's worth a try.

- Port, 10.

- Port, 10, sir.

Steady as you go.

Steady as you go, sir.

It's too quiet.

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