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

Gregory A. Freeman
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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Bombing of the Ploiesti, Romania, oil refineries, a key German resource, started in 1942. Allied pilots sustaining damage frequently bailed out over Serbia in German-occupied Yugoslavia, where the resistance and others hid them. By 1944, more than 500 were stranded and slowly starving. The OSS concocted the daring Operation Halyard to airlift them, but they had to construct a landing strip without tools and without alerting the Germans or endangering local villagers, and then the rescuers had to avoid being shot down themselves. The operation's story is an exciting tale, but it was kept from general knowledge for decades; the resistance leader most responsible was a rival to Tito. Nazi-baited by a Stalinist mole in British intelligence, he was executed in 1946 with the consent of Britain and America, which thereafter refused to acknowledge having been snookered (the State Department kept many details classified more than 50 years). Evoking the rescuees' successive desperation, wild hope, and joy, and their gratitude to the Serbians who risked their lives to help, Freeman produces a breathtaking popular account. Murray, Frieda --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Riveting.”
—James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers

“Exciting…breathtaking.”
Booklist

“Fascinating…full of romance, action, and adventure…told with skill and grace.”
America in WWII

“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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From AudioFile

American bombers in WWII suffered great casualties trying to destroy Germanys captured oil refineries in Romania. Narrator Patrick Lawlors excitement boils as planes catch fire and injured men parachute into Yugoslavia to escape their falling coffins. Lawlors seeming involvement in the airmens salvation by simple country people makes the true story delightful to hear. For the Germans and Serbians, Lawlor takes on a generic foreign accent--good enough for listeners to appreciate the non-Americans speaking. His diction is crisp and clear, even for the many foreign words and names. Since the story is little known and simply told, anyone looking for a good audiobook with lots of action and information will find this worthwhile. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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