The Silent Raid

The Silent Raid
Directed by Paul Rotha
Produced by Rudolf Meyer
Written by Dr. L. de Jong
Starring Rob de Vries, Cees Brusse, Piet Römer, Bernard Droog
Distributed by Omrop Fryslȃn
Release dates
  • 21 December 1962 (1962-12-21)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch

The Silent Raid (Dutch: De Overval) is a 1962 Dutch war film directed by Paul Rotha. It shows a true story from World War II: the raid on Leeuwarden prison of December 8, 1944. Without firing a shot, Dutch resistance members disguised as German SD and their prisoners enter the prison, free 39 prisoners and vanish into the city. The Germans were unable to find any of the organizers or escapees.

It was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival.[1] The film was one of the most successful in the Netherlands (1,474,000 tickets sold). The scenario was written by Loe de Jong.



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