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''Operation Daybreak'' is a 1975 war film starring Creator/AnthonyAndrews, Timothy Bottoms, Creator/MartinShaw, and Joss Ackland; it was directed by Creator/LewisGilbert and shot mostly on location in Prague. It is adapted from the book ''Seven Men at Daybreak'' by Alan Burgess.

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''Operation Daybreak'' is a 1975 war film starring Creator/AnthonyAndrews, Timothy Bottoms, Creator/TimothyBottoms, Creator/MartinShaw, and Joss Ackland; it was directed by Creator/LewisGilbert and shot mostly on location in Prague. It is adapted from the book ''Seven Men at Daybreak'' by Alan Burgess.

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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The SOE commandos commit suicide after the German authorities track them down to their hideout in the crypt of a church.


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* FoodAsBribe: A member of LaResistance smuggles an SOE agent past a German roadblock with some fresh fish he's caught. "I'll make it worth your while..." The German soldiers don't know this, of course; they just assume they're [[InfractionDistraction turning a blind eye to a curfew violation]] for a local Czech with whom they're on friendly terms.
* KillItWithWater: The German authorities track down the commandos who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich to the crypt of a church. After suffering casualties trying to storm the hideout, the Germans use fire hoses to flood the crypt to force those inside to surrender. The commandos [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled commit suicide instead.]]


The film tells the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS-General UsefulNotes/ReinhardHeydrich in Prague.

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The film tells the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS-General UsefulNotes/ReinhardHeydrich in Prague.Prague.

See also and compare ''Film/HangmenAlsoDie'' (1943), ''Film/HitlersMadman'' (1943), ''Film/{{Anthropoid}}'' (2016) and ''Film/TheManWithTheIronHeart'' (2017), all about the same historical events.






* TanksButNoTanks: Averted. Czechoslovakia built 3 Tigers specifically for this movie.

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* TanksButNoTanks: Averted. Czechoslovakia built 3 Tigers ''Tigers'' specifically for this movie.

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''Operation Daybreak'' is a 1975 war film starring Creator/AnthonyAndrews, Timothy Bottoms, Creator/MartinShaw, and Joss Ackland; it was directed by Creator/LewisGilbert and shot mostly on location in Prague. It is adapted from the book ''Seven Men at Daybreak'' by Alan Burgess.

The film tells the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS-General UsefulNotes/ReinhardHeydrich in Prague.
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* ConvenientMisfire: An SOE assassin steps out in front of the car carrying Reinhard Heydrich and pulls the trigger on his Sten submachine gun, only for it to jam. This scene was TruthInTelevision; Heydrich would have survived if his driver had sped off, but instead the driver pursued the gunman who'd [[RunOrDie thrown down the Sten and fled]], leaving Heydrich to be fatally wounded by a bomb thrown by a second SOE agent. Apparently the jam was caused by the weapon being packed in straw, which got into the weapon (not that the Sten gun was particularly reliable anyway).
* TanksButNoTanks: Averted. Czechoslovakia built 3 Tigers specifically for this movie.
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