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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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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 12-30-11
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 12-30-11
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    "Amazing Story of courage by Serbs and Americans"

    I and many others likely have not heard of this story. For some it may not be detailed enough, as 500+ were rescued, but the book mainly decribes one main mission. The book kept me interested, and it felt like a book of the 40's. Some books can be so detailed where you have to listen intently, but this book can be heard more casually. It is disturbing how the American brass abandoned the Serb commander (not sure how to spell his name)of the rescue and safety of American pilots. The pilots felt differently though, but the American brass wanted to back Tito, which turned out to be a mistake. The Serb peasants were amazingly courageous in this situation where they could have been tortured and killed by hiding Americans. The Serbs were big heroes in this event.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keren 03-05-08
    Keren 03-05-08
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    "What an eyeopener!"

    The story itself is spellbinding; it is full of intrigue and personality that keeps you on the edge AND, wonder of wonders, it is not just a good mystery but a true story! The writing is crisp and fastpaced with balanced development of plot and characters. The narration is really excellent - having the various accents really takes this audiobook over the top. The story is inspirational and discouraging at the same time - such is life in the modern world.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ray 06-23-15
    ray 06-23-15 Member Since 2017

    Ray is my husbands name. I am a middle aged woman from Michigan

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    "A lot of military background -"

    I liked the portion of the book really focused on the rescue itself and then the prologue on the aftermath. But it took a long time to get that section. The majority of the book spends a lot of time on the background and information of the "politics" at the time. When I read the overview of the book, I assumed it would primarily be on the rescue itself - but there are a lot of chapters that are interesting if your heavily into WWII - but didn't see totally relavant to the heart of the story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Toledo, WA, USA 04-11-08
    Susan Toledo, WA, USA 04-11-08
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    "read it"

    The story itself is great. It is interesting and well rounded history that is, at the same time pretty emotionally involving.
    The narraration however is horrible. Lawlor's flimsy tenor voice and embarrasing impersonations really subtract from the enjoyment in my opinion. check the library... :(

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond E Joslyn LAKE ELSINORE, CA, US 08-14-17
    Raymond E Joslyn LAKE ELSINORE, CA, US 08-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Government cover up"


    A Must Read Story


    typical story of our government screw the good guy and reward the bad one and then cover up their mistake too much of this in our history

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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 08-11-17
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 08-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Dramatic True Story about Forgotten Heros"

    This is the dramatic true story about many forgotten heroes of WWII. The antagonists in this story were not so much the Germans, but the bureaucrats in the British and American government and intelligence agencies who stymied efforts to save the airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. The real tragedy though was how the British and American government mistakenly backed the communist Tito rather than the Democratic Mihailović. Had they supported Mihailović instead of Tito, history might have turned out quite differently. This is a great example of the foolishness, stupidity, and shortsightedness of the British and American governments. The real hero in this story is General Dragoljub "Draža" Mihailović (may he be in heaven) who saved over 500 American and British airmen trapped behind enemy lines during WWII.

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    The Bug Guy 08-04-17
    The Bug Guy 08-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent, reveals the truth of what happened"

    A movie should be made of this moving account of the bravery of the soldiers and the Serbian people.

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    Timothy White 08-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    Where does The Forgotten 500 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten 500?

    How Britain turned a blind eye on one of our allies


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was "story telling"


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    n/a


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    Keith 08-02-17
    Keith 08-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "EYE OPENING READ FROM BEHIND THE SCENES IN WW2"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish... highly recommend it to anyone from World War 2 historical enthusiasts to government spy story fans...

    Easy to listen to, hard to get out of your head through the day...

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    Garren Forth 07-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic, Never Heard This Sorry Before"

    For those who don't believe in conspiracies here's a real one proven! I wish this book could make it's way into the hands of more than just WWII history buff's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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