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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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    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
    to hear.

    This book is a must for any student of military history.

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    SeaDuck 04-11-10
    SeaDuck 04-11-10

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    "Good history lesson"

    The first half of the book is basically the historical backstory, including the political angles, setting up the stage for the story of the actual rescue, which, despite being the theme of the book, is presented as almost an afterthought - in the last hour of the story.

    It's not as riveting as some military history books I've read, but still, it's a good listen, and learning about the intelligence issues and the hospitality of the Yugoslavian people was worth waiting for the ending.

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    Marc SAUNDERS College way, San diego 12-03-09
    Marc SAUNDERS College way, San diego 12-03-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "A wonderful listen"

    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.

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    Curatina Moab 07-18-09
    Curatina Moab 07-18-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Courage, Adventure, and Betrayal."

    This is the kind of story that should be a movie, but never is. The courage and generosity of the Serbian people is unbelievable. The story is well told and gripping as a thriller novel -- but much, much better.

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    Scott Williamsburg, VA, USA 06-06-09
    Scott Williamsburg, VA, USA 06-06-09
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    "This is a great book!"

    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.

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 05-03-09
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 05-03-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice someone remembered"

    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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    Mark 04-28-09
    Mark 04-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Incredible story"

    This was an inspirational book in a sense. The rescue at the end had me in tears. I had to pull off the road to dry my eyes.

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    Max R Bales 03-10-09
    Max R Bales 03-10-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    This book read like a great novel but you knew the heroes were real!

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    Lisa 03-08-09
    Lisa 03-08-09
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    "Great nearly unknown story"

    As this amazing story has (unfortunately) been kept out of the public eye for so long, the fates of the people involved are unknown. This adds suspense to an already fascinating story. Add the implications of skewed information to bolster the "politically correct" side of the conflict in Yugoslavia during WWII, and one gains new insight into how what we learn today about conflicts may also be skewed.

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