The Silent Raid

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The Silent Raid
Directed byPaul Rotha
Produced byRudolf Meyer
Written byDr. L. de Jong
StarringRob de Vries, Cees Brusse, Piet Römer, Bernard Droog
Distributed byOmrop Fryslȃn
Release date
  • 21 December 1962 (1962-12-21)
Running time
98 minutes

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.



  1. ^ "3rd Moscow International Film Festival (1963)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2012-11-30.

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