Operation Daybreak

Synopsis: In 1942 Czechoslovakia, SS-General Reinhard Heydrich is appointed to become the Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. The terror and oppression that follow cause Allied authorities in London to authorize a secret mission to kill the man who has come to be known as "The Butcher of Prague". The film explores shows the operation leading up to Heydrich's death as well as the massive German reprisals that followed it.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Lewis Gilbert
Production: Warner Bros.
118 min



They sent for you too

What the hell is

it doing about?

I was on leave, out of the

blue they called me back

That's all I know


The general will

see you now

Stand at ease

Do you three know

each other?

Uh... Kubis and I do

sir, but... uh...

Alright, introduce


Karel Curda, sir

Born near Prague

I was a customs officer

before the war

Jan Kubis Born

in Vladaslov

I was a farmer

Gabcik, sir Josef Gabcik Born

in Pilsum, Locksmith


The mission we

have in mind

can only be undertaken by men

with your qualifications

For the past three month

you've been closely observed

You're here now because you

shown us that you have courage

endurance and


I am going to ask you to

undertake a mission

that regardless

of outcome,

will certainly be one of

the most dangerous of the war

I need hardly say it, you

are liberty to refuse


First, I am gonna give you

some background information

And then I'll talk

about the mission itself

The Code name is

'Operation Day Break'

Reinhard Heydrich came to Prague

three months ago to take up his post

as acting right


for what the Nazis now call

'Bohemia and maradia' that means

he has absolute power of life

and death over all Czechs

We believe if Adolph

Hitler were to die

That Heydrich would become

fearer of the third life

His orders, one to crush

all Czech resistance

Two, to deport large numbers

of the community to work

in Germany as slave labor

Do not underestimate him

He is not a barbarian

like Hitler

He is the man of the

highest intelligence

ruthless, ambitious and

he is the only one

to whom Adolph Hitler

really listens

Your rights protector

I have a petition signed

by all the inhabitance

of a small village

near Pilsum

Beggin you, sir to show mercy

to the nine young hostages

due to be executed tomorrow

Not one of them is yet

twenty years old

and youngest is

only sixteen

The villagers

do feel that

Rights protector says that

whatever happens to the Czechs

or to any of Slav is of no

possible interest to him

We intend to parachute you

back into Czechoslovakia

To assassinate Heydrich

Heydrich is closely

gaurded night and day

When ever he travels, he is

escorted by highly trained SS men

So it will be up to you to formulate

a plan and to carry it out

You must find

a way to kill him

When do we leave sir?

You'll be confined to these

headquarters until further orders

Thank you very much

Good luck

Stand by Champs

we are over Pilsum

Hold to your mama!


Don't try anything

You Czech aren't you?

Keep walking

Well, I am Czech too.



- Twisted bloody ankle

- Can I have a look?

Don't touch it for Christ sake

That guy's the basterd who said we

were gonna drop on a dry clear morning

Did you see Curda?

No, he dripped off

on the other valley

He could be anywhere

Let me lean on you

Damn shame

Not so bad if they make us go

after girls in Czechoslovakia

Even the snow

tastes different

Safer though

You have no

feelings at all

Can you manage?

Feels worse than

it is, come on

Papers, your papers

Where are you going at

this time of the morning?

To work?



Walk to work everyday

You walk two hundred

kilometers everyday?

You're no way

near Pilsum

Where have

you come from?

Hands, Hands!

Come on!

Let's go

Bastard R.A.F.

Two hundred kilometers

from Pilsum

Dropped in a wrong

bloody place

God knows

where Curda is

So now what do we do?

Lost the radio


I can't hardly walk

and the entire German

army looking for us

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Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born Ronald Horwitz; 9 November 1934) is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). more…

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