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"This operation could make the Charge of the Light Brigade look like a sensible military exercise!",
This review is from: The Eagle Has Landed (Special Edition) [DVD] (DVD)
Most of the movie involves a feasibility study and then preparations that lead to the insertion of a disgraced unit of German Airborne troops into an isolated area of southern England, where the Abwehr (German military intelligence, 1921-44) has information that indicates Winston Churchill will be spending a quite weekend. Head of the SS Heinrich Himmler (played in the movie by Donald Pleasence, whose in-character persona for the movie is the spitting image of Himmler himself!) is so impressed with the earlier rescue by German special forces of deposed Italian dictator Mussolini from his ski resort prison on Gran Sasso, in the Apennine Mountains, that he orders the kidnapping of Winston Churchill in an attempt to force the Allies into a negotiated peace.
Wonderful performances by all, with superbly executed battle sequences in the last quarter of the movie.
It should be noted that German paratroopers of the Luftwaffe (Airforce) or Heer (Army) during World War II were not SS formations. Fighting formations within the German Military that were SS were called Waffen SS. While Waffen SS divisions fought alongside the Heer, it was never formally a part of it.