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Film: Force Ten From Navarone
Force Ten from Navarone is a book by Alistair MacLean, published in 1968, and a 1978 film adaptation, starring Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford and Edward Fox. The events depicted take place during World War II but are entirely fictional. A small contingent of American soldiers, plus two of the British soldiers from The Guns of Navarone, are sent to Yugoslavia to carry out two separate missions. The Brits aim to eliminate a known traitor masquerading as a Yugoslav Partisan, while the Americans were sent to destroy a bridge.

Force Ten From Navarone is MacLean's only sequal work, written as a follow-on to the film adaptation of The Guns of Navarone rather than to the original novel.


Force Ten from Navarone provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Maritza
  • Airstrike Impossible: It is unlikely that the Partisans had the airplanes necessary to carry bombs to destroy the bridge. Enter Force Ten.
  • Awesome Suitcase: Staff Sergeant John Miller's suitcase chock-full of explosives. He seems to have a nearly infinite supply of them in his bag of tricks to confound and confuse the Germans while Barnsby and Mallory set the charges to blow the dam upstream of the bridge.
  • Badass Crew
  • The Big Guy: Drazak, literally, as he's played by Richard Kiel.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the film, characters often speak untranslated German and Serbo-Croatian.
  • During the War
  • Large Ham: Alan Badel as Colonel Petrovich.
  • The Load: Lt. Col. Barnsby regards the British officers as this initially, but comes to accept their assistance when he lacks the men and equipment to carry out his mission.
    • The Force 10 team expects Weaver to be this. Since he's black and they're about to parachute into Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia, they kinda have a point.
  • Les Collaborateurs: The Chetniks in the movie. Echoes Real Life as they tended to willingly work with German and Italian occupation forces in Yugoslavia.
  • Lured Into a Trap: The Chetniks under Drazak pretend to be Partisans at first. Cue the Oh Crap moment when the team sees the "Partisans" prove they are anything but, complete with stock taunts and laughter.
  • The Mole: Maritza for the Partisans, in the Chetnik camp. Also, the movie's premise is that the two British soldiers are to execute "Nicolai", the mole in the Partisans.
  • Noodle Incident: It's not explained why Sergeant Weaver is under arrest when Force Ten comes across him.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Very much subverted. The plane to Yugoslavia gets attacked. Approximately half the "Force Ten" contingent die in the airplane as a result.
  • Opening Monologue
  • Tanks, But No Tanks: In the film, the German tanks are portrayed by Soviet T-34s. While Germany did capture and use them, the film shows the 85mm gunned version, which was not in service when the film took place. (Very few of the 76mm gunned T-34's survived the war.)
    • Though that doesn't explain why the Panzer crews are wearing Soviet style tanker helmets...
  • Toplessness from the Back: Some fanservice, as we see Maritza in a bathtub.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: And when they finally do, she complains it wasn't hard enough. Maritza is The Mole and she needs a convincing bruise to cover up letting Mallory and Barnsby escape.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Stated almost literally by Major Petrovich as the reason for sending the team back to Allied-occupied Italy.
    Major Petrovich: You have outstayed your usefulness.

The Guns of NavaroneWorks Set in World War IIBattle of Britain

alternative title(s): Force Ten From Navarone
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