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: [after an unexpected delay in Miller's explosives
[notices the dam hasn't collapsed yet
: Miller! That useless git! Barnsby
] It didnt... Mallory
: What? Barnsby
] It didn't work! Mallory
: Yes I know it didn't work! Barnsby
: Well let's get out of here! Mallory
: Yeah let's get out of here, when I see Miller I'm going to ring his useless neck!
: I did your job. Now help me do mine.
: Now, look. Our experts have been studying that bridge for weeks, and they say it'll blow. I don't know where you learned your job, but I'm talking about the best construction engineers in the business! Miller
: Yes. Well, they're probably experts at building things, whereas I'm an expert at blowing them up, and you can take it from me that one would need a good eight hours to make a decent job on that bridge.
: Sorry about Marko. Lescovar
: Thank you. It's a risk we all take. He was a brave man and a good friend. Then he got careless. Mallory
: You think that big sergeant spotted him as a partisan? Barnsby
: I can't buy that. The sergeant wasn't that bright.
: He saluted you - you're wearing a corporal's uniform. That doesn't rate a salute in the German army. Mallory
: Not in anybody's army. Why do you think he saluted you, Lescovar? Lescovar
: Perhaps he recognized my natural superiority. Mallory
: Yes, perhaps.
: Next time, you can play the corpse. You seem pretty handy with that thing, though. Barnsby
: Could've been luck.
: What happened to you? Weaver
: He bit me in all the excitement. But damn it to hell, we did it, Colonel! We did it! Barnsby
: Yes we did, Sergeant! Yes we did! Miller
: And a merry Christmas! Mallory
: Yes, gentlemen, we did it!
: But before we can start awarding ourselves Victoria Crosses and Congressional Medals of Honor and so on and so forth and such like... I think I'd better point out that one, we're now on the wrong side of the river. That two, we have no hope whatsoever of rejoining the partisans. That three, this neck of the woods will soon be crawling with very bad-tempered Germans. And that four, I don't think our little genius Sergeant Miller there has even got a box of matches left in his suitcase. And so I think we can take it, gentlemen, that we're going to have a very long walk home.
] Miller, what would happen to the bridge if that central arch were suddenly hit by several million tons of water? Miller
: Water? Mallory
: I think we've been talking about the wrong target. Remember that dam we passed by on the way up here? Miller
: [suddenly all ears
] Dam? What sort of dam? Barnsby
: It's just up the road, about half a mile that way. Miller
: Well, my dear chap, why didn't you say so before? Oh, I could do a tremendous job on the dam! See, with the dam, you've got your natural elements working for you. It's like having an enormous bath - what have you got to do? Pull the plug!
: Gentlemen, these men have a special interest in Navarone. I got your radio report, but I thought perhaps you could be more specific. Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
: I'll be specific! As you can plainly see, it was ruddy awful. But we'd love to go back. Wouldn't we, boys?
[His boys give several loud cheers
] Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
: Just as soon as we can! BUT - we've got one condition. We want the joker who thought this one up to come with us. And when we get there, we're gonna shove him out at ten thousand feet - without a parachute.
Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
: BAD? It can't be done, not from the air, anyway! Commodore Jensen
: You're quite sure of that, Squadron Leader? This is important. Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
: So's my life! To me, anyway, and the lives of these jokers here, and the eighteen men we lost tonight!
Squadron Leader Howard Barnsby RAAF
: First, you've got that bloody old fortress on top of that bloody cliff. Then you've got the bloody cliff overhang. You can't even see the bloody cave, let alone the bloody guns. And anyway, we haven't got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock. And that's the bloody truth, sir.