The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 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 n ...more
Today, between Italy and Greece, there's a series of sovereign nations: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo. But back in 1941, it was all one country called Yugoslavia. The Nazis invaded and conquered Yugoslavia and divided it up between themselves and their Axis partners. Within Occupied Yugoslavia there were two distinct resist ...more
After only a few pages, the author mentioned the first Ploesti raid from North Africa and said it was a high level raid, and that the subsequent raids on Ploesti were low level raids from Italy. I read the book, Ploesti, some years ago which described that first raid in detail. As ...more
The book descends into Brit and communist bashing where some of the facts are tenuous and at best circumstantial.
Following my own further research of the subject it's clear the author had been somewhat lax on his grip of the facts generally and totally ignores evidence that Mihailovich really did collaborate with Axis forces.
A good tale ruined by factual errors and a political agenda.
Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
Wow, this is another example of why these men are known as the “greatest generation”. This book was non-stop action that script writers could only hope to come up with.
Kudos to Patrick Lawlor in his narration. I also enjoyed him in another worthy read/listen The Colony The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles of Molokai. He is quickly becoming another of my favorite readers.
This is the story of downed pilots in Y ...more
“My interests as an author usually lead me to stories of heroism and sacrifice that went unrecognized for too long, and the story of Operation Halyard fits the bill perfectly. I was drawn to the idea that not only was this an amazing tale of intrigue and bravery, but it had been purposefully hidden from the American people for decades. A dramatic story is one thing; a dramatic story that has ...more
While the topic is fascinating, I found the writing so melodramatic and repetitive that I've quit a couple of chapters into it. Granted, I'm listening to this on CD while commutting, so much of that drama is due to the overwraught reading style of the ...more
Tells a story that is not well know
Give great background information leading up to the operation
Continues after the operation to inform the reader what the results were
Can sometimes get caught up in the information and not focus as much on the individual experience
Can be hard to get into in the beginning
Really enjoyed the book! Would love to add it to my collection one day. I really could not put it down. A really good book about an amazing story!
While historical in nature, this book reads like a novel. If you have an interest in World War Two, you will not be bored.
My friend Kate knew that I enjoyed reading about World War Two and gave me this book for Christmas. When I read the back of the book to learn what it is about all I could think of was; this is amazing why haven’t I heard about this before?
The Forgotten 500 is the story of how General Draza Mihailovich’s Chetnik’s and the pe ...more
Operation Halyard is a great story and I would have enjoyed hearing more about the logistical and technical challenges in pulling off the extraction. But the historical perspective was largely from the point of view of those rescued, and they were arguably in the dark about such details.
However, the main thrust of the book seemed to be focused on clearing the name of Chetnik leader General Draza Mihailovic, who was executed as a collaborator by the Commu ...more
It was difficult for m ...more
Not that the mission in question isn't epic in its own way. Some 500 Allied (mostly American) fliers, shot down over Yugoslavia, are protected by the local Serbian villagers until a mission can be mounted to fly C-47s in and airlift them out.
But in reality, this would have made a nice, lengthy article in ...more
The Forgotten 500 tells the story of the American airmen who were trapped in Nazi territory during World War II and the courageous citizens of Yugoslavia who risked everything to help them. With riveting details, undeniable truths, and downright appalling military policy, the sto ...more
During World War II, there were many mission that took place all across the world. Some of these missions were to rescue soldiers the have been captured, or stranded behind enemy lines. Because of the shear number of airplanes that would attack Axis controlled areas, many planes ended up getting shot down. The book The Forgotten 500 is a book about the American Bomber crews, based in Italy, that were shot down over Yugoslavia and the heroic mission that was cre ...more
"The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II" by Gregory A. Freeman is an amazing read that really captures your attention once you are power through the first few chapters. Freeman used an enormous amount of first-hand and second-hand experiences on Operation Halyard, of which he collected before many of the members of the secret rescue mission perished, or lost memory due to old age. Freemen extracted this information from vario
Intelligence sources in Yugoslavia had informed the British (who spearheaded operations in the Balkans) that Chetins—one arm ...more
Unfortunately, Freeman's writing style is ...more
In my opinion the book wasn't written in the most readable style, but contained great content. I found parts of the book to be repetitive and below the average reading level. Combined, it made for a difficult read. I felt tha ...more
This book will make you mad at how a group of spy traitors, through their stupid Communist ideology, could have misled Britain and America into actively supporting a Communist tyrant in Yugoslavia at the expense of the more ...more