25 August 2007 | UncleG
Inexcusable violation of remembrance of Czech paratroopers
Alfred Bartos, the leader of the Czech paratroopers, one of the main characters in Operation Silver A is characterized in this movie like a disgusting drunkard, messing with all the women in the story (including wife of the man, who is actually hiding him from the Nazis!). In fact, he was described by his real life co-troopers like a man of honor, knowing the Operation means a certain death to him. One of his war-friends wrote that the Czech paratroopers were ready to die for him in the combat!
Look, I don't like deificiation of the heroes, but looking at the problem with sober eyes...This movie stinks! And it stinks a lot! It is based on a true story, but it has nothing to do with the truth. All the paratroopers (hidden within the Protectorate) are acting like morons, which behavior would lead to their immediate revelation. No one believes, that the Allies would send an old drunk as a leader of such important mission. Also the members of secret resistance are sometimes very unreasonable. The scene, where the resistance members are talking about their activities with other people in the street, looks like it has been removed from a parody. Also the paratroopers would never do anything that could bring their helpers to any problem (a problem with paratroopers meant death).
This war movie describes the real war analogous to the "'Allo 'allo" serial. But the "Silver A" dramatization is dangerous, because the story pretends to be true.
You may find Strach's "Silver A" interesting, only if you imagine the secret resistance members like people who in general say: Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once...