The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the GreatestRescue Mission of World War II
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 unforgetta ...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
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
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
I was fascinated to learn about the events and politics in Yugoslavia during and after the war, and the characters Freeman uses to tell that story helped to ...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
"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
Most of all it presents the actions of a few select men to do wh ...more
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