THE FILM

"Until now, we knew that Greeks were fighting like heroes; from now on we shall say that the heroes fight like Greeks." –Winston Churchill

 

On May 20, 1941, thousands of elite Nazi paratroopers invaded the island of Crete—the largest Nazi airborne operation of World War II. They had expected to control the island within a few days; after all, they only occupied Paris for a week before France surrendered. What they hadn't expected was that the men, women, and even children of Greece would lock the Germans in a years-long fight that would lead the Nazi invaders to their doom. With the support of the American OSS and a handful of undercover British commandos from the Special Operations Executive, the Greek resistance dealt Nazi Germany one of its most crippling defeats of the entire war.

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With the support of the American OSS and a handful of undercover British commandos from the Special Operations Executive, the Greek resistance dealt Nazi Germany one of its most crippling defeats of the entire war. They would even kidnap the German commandant of Crete, General Kreipe--the famous operation masterminded and led by British Special Operations officer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor. It was the only successful kidnapping of a German general throughout the war, and Fermor tells the story himself in a rare, never before seen interview he gave exclusively for this film.

 

Featuring dozens of interviews with Greek resistance fighters and veterans of the Battle of Crete, including soldiers from Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, The 11th Day is a heart-pounding adventure story about courage, faith, and heroism...a story that is all the more remarkable because it is history.

 

“If you look at what happened in Greece, those incredibly brave, dedicated, freedom driven people did something quite remarkable in history. They held the Germans at bay for four very long years, slowed Germany’s march across Europe, and in the end, left in the annals of military history the most consequential and successful military insurgency ever.”

Chase Brandon, CIA Officer (Clandestine Service)

 

  • "Stirring documentary... You'll want to see this film." -- Chicago Tribune

  • "The 11th Day, fight like Heroes."--The Washington Post

  • "A courageous story of espionage and sabotage against the Nazis." -- Sacramento Bee

  • "Amazing Film...a must-see." -- The National Herald

  • "The 11th day has arrived. " --The Boston Globe 

  • "Heroes fight like Greeks... An amazing story." -- The National Post

Exhibitions of The 11th Day have included a special advance screening requested by members of the United States Congress, held at the Capitol, and at the British Embassy in Athens, Greece. The film has also been used in classes at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Research for the production, including unpublished photos and diaries, has been requested by and provided to museums around the world, including the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, The CIA Museum at CIA Headquarters, and Britain’s Imperial War Museum.

The filmmakers are currently building the world’s largest free online Hellenic veteran archive of documentary interviews, photos, and artifacts. Your purchase of the film makes this work possible. Thank you for helping us support our Hellenic vets!

 

  • Makes a great gift for family and friends

 

  • DVD is region-free, playable world wide

 

  • DVD includes a curated digital archive of over 500 rare and unpublished images of Greece in World War II

 

The 11th Day DVD (English and Greek Language Version)

Abduction Monument

Kreipe Abduction Monument at the Location in Crete.