The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

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by Gregory A. Freeman, Patrick Lawlor
     
 

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During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a…  See more details below

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During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip large enough for C-47 cargo planes-without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the cargo planes had to make it through enemy airspace and back without getting shot down themselves.

Suppressed for more than 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 ever. The Forgotten 500 is the gripping behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.

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Exciting...breathtaking.
America in WWII
Fascinating...full of romance, action, and adventure...told with skill and grace.
From the Publisher
"A master storyteller" —Doug Stanton, bestselling author of In Harm's Way

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400105229
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Sales rank:
700,669
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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Gregg Olsen
A literary and journalistic achievement of the highest order, a book that illuminates [and] thrills... It will take your breath away. (Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep Dark)
James Bradley
Riveting. (James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers)
From the Publisher
"A master storyteller" —-Doug Stanton, bestselling author of In Harm's Way

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Freeman is the author of "Lay This Body Down: The 1921 Murders of Eleven Plantation Slaves." An award-winning journalist with twenty years' experience, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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