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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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
This book is a must for any student of military history.
I'd like to echo the excellent reviews provided by the other listeners. I have one reservation, however.
The British intelligence services are uniformly portrayed fairly poorly as incompetent "tea swillers" throughout. There is no real acknowledgement of the vital work done by the British SOE or SIS in the theatre well before the existence of the OSS.
While I am Australian, I have read widely on the history of the OSS. In my experience there is at least a grudging acknowledgement of the assistance provided early on to the fledgling US service. A little more balance on this issue wouldn't have taken anything away from the story.
From the beginning this book grabs your attention and holds it! Not only will you learn about the rescue of the downed airmen, you will also read an accurate account of the German invasion and the two primary resistance movements in the country. It has a good pace and even the background that is given holds your interest. You will find it an excellent book to listen to.
I like to read history, and this was a story I had never heard about. Though half way through the book gets a little bogged down with politics, it was an interesting read, and I would recommend it. My only complaint is with the narration; I don't know why, but this narrator just cannot hold my attention. I can't really put my finger on why that is, but I never like his reads. And his accents are terrible!
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