The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the GreatestRescue Mission of World War II [NOOK Book]

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Now in paperback the "amazing"( James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers) never-before-told story of the greatest escape of the Second World War.

In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 downed airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, ...
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The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the GreatestRescue Mission of World War II

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Overview

Now in paperback the "amazing"( James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers) never-before-told story of the greatest escape of the Second World War.

In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 downed airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. 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.

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Exciting...breathtaking.
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Fascinating...full of romance, action, and adventure...told with skill and grace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101032343
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 4,365
  • File size: 569 KB

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Freeman is an award-winning writer with more than 25 years in journalism. He is the author of Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
We'll Get Them Out     1
Abandon Ship!     10
Counting Parachutes     26
Americanski?     37
Long Journey to Somewhere     59
Escaping Yugoslavia     79
Passports, Please     99
Man of the Year     113
Abandoned Ally     129
Screw the British     147
Goats' Milk and Hay Bread     168
An All-American Team     183
SOS ... Waiting for Rescue     189
Sure to Be a Rough Landing     199
Red. Red. Red.     213
Going Home Shoeless     225
Gales of the World     240
Secrets and Lies     267
Epilogue     274
Partial List of Airmen Rescued in Operation Halyard     281
Acknowledgments     285
Notes     287
Bibliography     301
Index     307
Contact the Author     309
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I do not typically read books about war and anything historical. I picked this book up because I had heard that one of the men written about in the book was from my hometown. I could not put this book down once I started it. For someone who doesn't have extensive knowledge of World War II, this book was written in such a way that was easy to understand and left you wanting to know more about this time in our history. For those who like to read about World War II, this is a story that hasn't really been told before.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2007

    The Halyard Mission's 'Forgotten 500': The Story of Genuine Heroes

    Author Gregory Freeman, in 'The Forgotten 500', doesn¿t just capture the events of `Operation Halyard¿, he is able to capture the essence of General Mihailovich as well. He describes the impression that Mihailovich left on the Americans, such as on OSS radioman Arthur Jibilian: 'Like every other American who met Mihailovich personally, however, Jubilian was taken by the way a man of such simplicity could at the same time give such an impression of grandeur. Jibilian and the other Allied soldiers were most impressed by Mihailovich¿s sense of dignity in the face of extreme hardship and insurmountable odds and the humble way he received accolades from his followers, consistently coming away with the same unshakable impression that they were standing in the presence of greatness.' The drama of `Operation Halyard¿ would end in December of 1944, and due to the perseverance of men with the names of Vujnovich, Musulin, Petrovich, Rajachich, Lalich, Jibilian and others, it would end as a virtually perfect success story in the face of almost insurmountable odds. Every downed airman survived. General Mihailovich, however, would not share their fate. His life would come to an end a year and half later, when he was executed by the Yugoslav communists. The airmen whom he had saved were left to their tears, devastated by the news, and many would dedicate the rest of their years to vindicating Mihailovich, his Serbian people, and to seeking justice for the man to whom they felt they owed their very lives. Many in the Allied world who were following the capture, trial, and execution of Mihailovich, were left to wonder ¿how it could have been allowed to happen.¿ Gregory Freeman¿s The Forgotten 500 goes a long way in shedding light on ¿how could this have been allowed to happen.¿ Freeman does not accept the fact that ¿it was allowed to happen.¿ With the publication of 'The Forgotten 500' he is doing his part to make things right. Given the truths contained in this book, I wondered who Gregory Freeman was. He accommodated my curiosity with the following response: 'As you probably know already, I am not of Serbian descent and have no personal connection to this story at all. Instead, I was drawn to the opportunity to bring some measure of justice to a hero and local Serbs who risked their lives for my country and who ultimately were betrayed by history. I wrote this book because that wrong should be made right, not just for Mihailovich and the Serbian community, but for the American public as well. After all, we can't say 'thank you' if we don't know what they did.' I highly recommend 'The Forgotten 500', not just to my American and Serbian friends, but to anyone interested in historical accounts that are not tarnished with propaganda, lies, and political correctness. I also recommend this book to anyone who is inspired by a great story about great people who did great things. Those of us who know the ¿Halyard¿ story and its significance will smile with satisfaction. We should, indeed, be pleased. It¿s about time.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    Failure to study history condemns you to repeat it.

    Just finished a great book called ¿The Forgotten 500¿ by Gregory Freeman. It recounts a risky rescue mission launched during WWII to save over 500 American and Allied flyers who had bailed out over Yugoslavia. The airmen were saved by the local Serbia people. The Serbs saved them from the Nazis at great personal risk. And fed from their meager rations. Many Serbs died for harboring US airmen. The leader of the Serbs was an anti Nazi guerilla Draza Mihailovich. With the help of Mihailovich¿s fighters a high mountain plateau is turned into a small landing field. The OSS in spite of British opposition mounts a rescue mission that involves landing C-47s on the short runway. The runway was prepared by the local peasants and downed airmen using rudimentary farm tools. The airstrip was only 12 miles from Nazi encampments. It is an exciting and tense drama. The book also recounts how the US and it¿s allies turned their back on Mihailovich. Primarily because of the disinformation provided by communists and their sympathizers in both US and British ranks. He points out ¿Far more numerous than the Communists, and infinitely more numerous that the committed agents, were the muddleheaded liberals who shares a nebulous feeling that they too were serving the cause of progress. This book is a must read for anyone interested in WWII missions or how the US lost the Eastern block to Stalin.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Not usually a history buff but out book club chose it. Wonderful read - true story. The beginning is a little too historical but then you get roped in and are cheering by the end.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    A engrossing account of downed airmen and the true account to get them home.

    A real tribute to the bravery to those people who fought to keep the world from going over the precipice of darkness in World War Two.Should be a must read for high school students.A part of American history that should be remembered and not forgotten.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Wrong

    This book is full of wrong information. One cannot go west from italy to get to romania. And romania was Not one of germanys westward possesions once again romania is east of germany. Also the first targets bombed by americans in the war in europe were german cities which we bombed during the day and the brits bombed at night. I havent even read past page 27 and its full of bad infirmation. DO NOT use this book for a research paper. This book is just terrible. Also a b24 didnt have the range to reach tokyo even if it did launch from iwo jima which we didnt take until 1945 and flying from florida to egypt to get to japan is the stupidist thing ive ever heard. The "author" obviously does not know what hed writing about. I have studied WWII for years and kniw aout everything there is to know about it. This book is probably a made up story based on all the wrong information i have seen so far. Anyone knows that romania is east of italy and if you say that the air ase was facing south it still doesnt matter you still fly east to get

    4 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    I heard about the Halyard Mission throughout my life from my fat

    I heard about the Halyard Mission throughout my life from my father. This book answered many of my questions that my dad could not – for example, how was the airfield constructed so that the Germans did not detect it and how did anyone know these men were alive and needed to be returned to Italy. The details Mr. Freeman reveals are amazing and coincide with all my father told me about his experiences. Yes, my dad was one of the Forgotten 500.

    Great book and discloses the details even those rescued did not know!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Highly Recommended So Informative

    My husband and I are 84 and 74 young. We give The Forgotten 500 5 Stars. My husband is not much of a reader but may well become one due to this book.

    Kit

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This is a very well written account of a little known event. Not only a great adventure, it is also the story of a terrible wrong done by the Brits to a Yugoslav patriot.

    I consider this book an absolute must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Forgotten 500 forget it

    Dissapointing, repitious, too much fluff for this type of documentary ! Story needed to be told

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Great story

    I love ww2 books and this is a great story. If you are younger it might be alittle hard to follow but it is still a awesome story and people should know about these airmen and the people that risked thier lives.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Good story

    Just one more ww 2 stroy I did not know about....till now

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Excellent read!!!!!

    Well worth any time spent - very good read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2012

    Just when you thought all the WWII stories had been told

    This excellent book tells the story of the rescue of over 500 allied bomber crews lost over Yugoslavia while conducting bombing raids on the refineries of Rumania. These crews were gathered under the protection of anti-communist resistance leaders for eventual rescue. It tells the story also of the impact on British foreign policy by communist moles in British Intelligence that eventually led to Allied support of Tito and the post war domination of the Balkans by the Soviet Union.

    Bravery, sacrifice and stubbornness of a handful of people saved a large number of individuals.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2014

    An unreal tale.

    One gets somewhat bogged down reading the account in the middle. It picks up the last two chapters.The book shows how people can be so easily maligned. Revelations about the Churchill family and Roosevelt were well kept secrets.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    THE FORGOTTEN 500

    Having read a number of books on World War II, I was surprised to hear about this rescue so recently. The book was well written, documenting the patriotism, the dedication, the heroism, and the humanity of the Airmen, their Serbian protectors, and the OSS operatives who put the rescue together.

    Unfortunately, it also outlines the worse in treachery and stiff necked diplomacy, much of which cannot be blamed on the fog of war.

    Along with the addendum THE RED TAILS I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2015

    This is Fiction

    Nothing seems correct in this book.

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  • Posted December 18, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Well written, well documented. Fascinating look into an historical event I had heard of. My dad was being trained for this mission, but at the last minute his unit was sent to India to fly the China,Burma,India hump missions.

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  • Posted December 6, 2014

    Interesting read.

    Book provides political insight into Yugoslavian history in addition to the story of the rescue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Great book!

    Well written book about a little known event. 500 aviators rescued and yet the story never saw light because of bad calls by the State Department and by the Allies. Great book!

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