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The Assassination (Atentát)

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The Assassination
Cinema poster
Country CZE.jpg Czechoslovakia
Directed by Jirí Sequens
Release Date 1964
Language Czech
Studio Filmové studio Barrandov
Main Cast
Character Actor
1st Lt. Král Radoslav Brzobohatý
1st Lt. Sedlák Ludek Munzar
Sgt. Ota Strnad Rudolf Jelínek
Sgt. Tousek Jirí Kodet
Sgt. Vyskocil Ladislav Mrkvicka
Sgt. Vrbas Josef Vinklár
The gamekeeper Oldrich Lukes
SS-Sturmbannführer Görke Gerhard Rachold
Commissioner Sleicher Oldrich Velen
Col. Moravec Jirí Vrstala

The Assassination (Original Czech title: Atentát) is a 1964 Czech black-and-white war drama directed by Jirí Sequens. The story depicts the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 which was perpetrated by Czechoslovakian paratroopers loyal to Czechoslovakia's government-in-exile. Trained and armed by Britain's Special Operation Executive, two resistance operatives are inserted into the country, eventually carrying out the assassination of one of the principal architects of the Holocaust. This is considered a cult classic film for those interested in war history.

The following weapons were used in the film The Assassination (Atentát):


CZ 38

Czechoslovak paratroopers and their British instructors mostly use CZ 38 pistols.

CZ 38 - .380 ACP
1st Lt. Král (Radoslav Brzobohatý) aims out of the balcony.
Sgt. Strnad (Rudolf Jelínek) holds his pistol, exhuasted.
Sgt. Tousek (Jirí Kodet) with the pistol.
Sgt. Vyskocil (Ladislav Mrkvicka) holds the pistol.
A Scottish Special Operations Executive instructor with the pistol.


Sgt. Ota Strnad (Rudolf Jelínek) also carries and uses a SACM M1935A.

SACM M1935A - 7.65x22mm Longue

Walther P38

Some Gestapo men carry a Walther P38. Czechoslovakian paratroopers also capture this gun.

Walther P38 - 9x19mm
One of the Gestapo men holds a Walther P38 in his hand.
Sgt. Ota Strnad (Rudolf Jelínek) points a P38.
Sgt. Vyskocil (Ladislav Mrkvicka) draws his own pistol.

Luger P08

Most SS, SD, and Gestapo officers in 1942 are equipped with Luger P08 pistols.

Luger P08 9x19mm
Gestapo Commissioner Sleicher (Oldrich Velen) with his sidearm in hand.
An SS officer pulls a Luger P08 in the church.
An SD officer holds a Luger P08 as he examines a map of the crypt.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

The main weapon of the Czechoslovak paratroopers dispatched from Britain is the Sten Mk II.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
Sgt. Vrbas (Josef Vinklár) marches with a Sten at jump school.
Sgt. Vyskocil's (Ladislav Mrkvicka) Sten gun, true to form, fails when needed.
1st Lt. Král (Radoslav Brzobohatý) watches from the church with a slung Sten gun.
Sgt. Strnad (Rudolf Jelínek) fires on the Germans from the church gallery.
Sgt. Toušek (Jirí Kodet) fires at an SS trooper descending into the church crypt.
Sgt. Vyskočil, Sten in hand, refuses to surrender.

MP 40

Some SS soldiers are armed with MP40s.

MP 40 - 9x19mm


Karabiner 98k

Most German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

A gamekeeper (Oldrich Lukes) carries a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

L.C. Smith case hardened hammerless side by side Field shotgun - 12 gauge

Machine guns

MG 34

Germans deploy an MG 34 against the trapped paratroopers.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm


An MG 42 is seen briefly before becoming an MG 34 in a continuity error. The appearance of an MG 42 is likely anachronistic as the MG 42 was only recently adopted for use at the time of Operation Anthropoid.

MG 42 with bipod extended - 7.92x57mm

Hand grenades

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

Model 24 Stielhandgranates are thrown on defenders by the SS men during the fight in the church.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate with fragmentation sleeve.

Training Grenade

The Czechoslovakian troops use dummy grenades while training in Scotland.



8.8 cm Pak 43/41

Before the church stands a 8.8 cm Pak 43/41 cannon.

8.8 cm Pak 43/41 anti-tank gun on Rhienmetall split-trail mount - 88x822mm R

122mm Howitzer M1938 (M-30)

A halftrack drags a 122 mm howitzer M1938 (M-30).

Soviet 121.92 mm (4.8 inch) howitzer

10.5 cm Flak 38

The 10.5 cm Flak 38. Planes with paratroopers and night bombers come under under heavy fire from 10.5 cm FlaK 38s.

A Flak 38 105 mm anti-aircraft gun

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