An attempt to recreate the assassination of the brutal Nazi Reinhard Heydrich by the Czech underground during WW II. Heydrich was the leader of the Nazi occupation forces in Czechoslavakia, and his callous treatment of the Czechs earned him the nickname of "the Hangman." Bottoms, Shaw, and
Ackland play British-trained Czechs who leave their London base and parachute into their homeland to kill Heydrich. They miss their first opportunity but are successful the second time around when they toss a grenade into his car. In retaliation for the assassination, the Nazis annihilate the
entire town of Lidice. Shaw, in an effort to protect his wife and child, turns his cohor...