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The Forgotten 500 Audiobook

The Forgotten 500

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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing, never-before-told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II: when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines.

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.

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    Jerry 09-04-14
    Jerry 09-04-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Escape Story You Have Never Heard Of"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten 500 to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were too many people involved to choose just one.


    What three words best describe Patrick Lawlor’s performance?

    Solid, but not theatrically engaging.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it would require too much time to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    As a student of World War II history, I was surprised to come across this amazing story, one that has been obscured since just after the end of the war. If you like personal accounts and a bit of darring do for that particular war....take a look.

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    David San Jose, CA United States 08-07-14
    David San Jose, CA United States 08-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An interesting tale."

    Interesting story. The authors anger at the treatment of Dragoljub "Draža" Mihailović is unmistakable. I do feel that gets in the way of the narrative at times. Overall quite good. Reads quite well. In some ways a lot happens and in others very little. He does a good job on focusing a limited number of participants so the narrative stays coherent. I'm sure there is much more that could be said.

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    Chris 04-09-14
    Chris 04-09-14

    If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!

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    "The greatest generation, for many reasons"

    Another story from WW2 that sadly most people have never heard of. A travesty of justice, an example of what good men and women can do if they choose to become actively engaged, and a nation that has no idea what some have sacrificed.

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    christine Marlton, NJ, United States 09-14-13
    christine Marlton, NJ, United States 09-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "lost history story of the brave"
    If you could sum up The Forgotten 500 in three words, what would they be?

    Typical accounting of an event in history that our government would cover-up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one in particular. They were all heros


    What about Patrick Lawlor’s performance did you like?

    Good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe not in one sitting but for sure wanted to finish


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    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 12-13-11
    Salt Lake Joan salt lake city 12-13-11 Member Since 2010

    happy cook

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    "Forgotten No More!"

    This is a wonderful story as well as a highly educational tale about international politics. My women's book club will be reading it for our March meeting and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants a more complete view of the world and humankind.

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    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 10-31-11
    ben Coquitlam, BC, Canada 10-31-11
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    "Wow!!! What a great story!"

    I loved this book. I did not know of this part of WW2's history, about these men, and how they were stranded and rescued. It was just so interesting, and exciting. After I listened to the book, I had to go and Google these men, and learned as much as I could about this time in our history. Facinating tale of very courageous men. Highly recommended! Great listen! Uplifting :)

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    Clifford Hillsboro, OR, United States 10-05-11
    Clifford Hillsboro, OR, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "We owe so much to these folks"

    This is a outstanding story about WWII survival in a hostile environment and the wonderful unselfish help given to our airmen. This is a story of dedication and tenacity of a few good men who would not let the military bureaucracy get in the way of doing what was the right thing to do regardless of politics. What a shame we as individuals and we as a nation let politics get in the way of doing the right thing.

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    Daniel WI, WI, United States 09-04-11
    Daniel WI, WI, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Thrilling adventure and very amazing story"

    I asked my grandparents (grandfather served in WWII) if they remember anything about these events. They do not. The story is thrilling and exciting, the information very palatable, and the impact on your knowledge of WWII history undeniable.

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    Amy Potts LEESVILLE, SC, US 04-12-11
    Amy Potts LEESVILLE, SC, US 04-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Needed to be Written"

    One of many politically incorrect stories that requires publication. It is overly long (to the point where the author repeats facts of which the reader has already been informed) and has a great deal of filler. It is also written on a tenth grade level and assumes the reader requires simplistic explanations without depth. And, last but not least, the reader and the dialogue go together so that one exacerbates the other. Regardless, I am glad the story has been published and that some of us have been informed. For that, all involved have my gratitude.

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    James austin, TX, United States 08-07-10
    James austin, TX, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I Thought I Knew Air Force History"

    As a retired Usaf officer, son of a WWII vet, I thought I knew the history of my service pretty well. I was wrong. This is the story of the most amazing air operation I've ever heard of.

    In this case truth is far stranger than fiction.

    I deducted one star because of the narrator. He's fine reading in his own voice, but his attempts at European accents are painfully embarrassing
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    This book is a must for any student of military history.

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