The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
World War II.
Jung speaks of synchronicity, of "events having a coincidence in time". It is just such a synchronicity that lies behind this story. In 1943, German paratroopers pulled off a daring raid, freeing Mussolini from his prison. Excited by this success, Adolf Hitler makes the patently absurd suggestion that a similar raid could, perhaps, be carried out to abduct Winston Churchill. His sycophantic followers delight in seeing the poor Admiral on the spot sweating, so they build the idea up. The Admiral knows the Fuhrer will quickly forget the idea, but that his followers will not, so he is forced to order that a feasibility study be carried out.
The Colonel given that task has just received an otherwise meaningless report that suggests, yes, it is feasible.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
"Broadsword calling Danny Boy. Broadsword calling Danny Boy."
World War II.
An Allied, US General with information critical to the war effort—detailed knowledge of the planned Second Front—has been shot down over German-held territory, high in the Austrian Alps, and taken to the Schloss Adler. The "Eagle's Nest"; so called because "only an eagle could get to it." An extraction team—six Brits, one American Ranger—is sent in to retrieve the General before he can be made to talk. Secrecy and stealth are to be their methods, hoped to succeed where a full-scale assault would surely fail.
Simple enough—but in this tale, nothing is what it seems.