During a bombing campaign, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, waiting for rescue.
In 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip: without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the rescue planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back: without getting shot down themselves.
Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is now being told for the first time. The Forgotten 500 is the breathtaking, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.
©2007 Gregory A. Freeman; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
The story is a great one for the history books, and if you enjoy delving into the past this is very interesting information, but it is not written very well. I enjoyed the story, but not the author's skill in telling it. I give it 3 stars as a compromise (a 4+ star story in a 2 star writting style).
This is a blend of Tom Clancy and the history channel. As the book progressed, I started looking up locations, and getting involved with both the story, and the events. It is very inspirational, and it gives me an appreciation of what my father endured in WW2.
Very good story of something many people may not know about. Also some information about Tito and how he usurpped control of Yugoslavia and some of things about the problems the US faced during the cold war. However most is about great civilians and the soldiers they helped to rescue. Touching story of those special moments that soldiers retain forever and how governments get in the way and create future problems.
This should have been a great story, but it is scuttled by the author's penchant for inserting flashbacks that chop up the narrative, and the reader's breathless narration that resembles an old-time radio drama. I regret not agreeing with other reviewers, but I say pass this one up.
no, the narrator is terrible. first he reads as if he is talking to children. his accents for the main foreign characters like churchill and miahilovich are awful. He should stick to his normal voice. it really detracts especially for the yugoslavs starts with regular, then tries a yugoslav which ends up sounding like someone from brooklyn!
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read it from the printed text or find another narrated book.
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