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In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped and sheltered for months by villagers behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of Operation Halyard, a story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery, is now being told for the first time.--From publisher description.… (més)
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Títol:The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
Autors:Gregory A. Freeman (Autor)
Informació:Dutton Caliber (2008), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages
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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 de Gregory A. Freeman (2007)

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A story kept secret far too long! My thanks to the author for sharing this account of international injustice! May our servicemen (and women) never be pawns again in the hands of bureaucrats during wartime! ( )
  parapreacher | Jul 25, 2021 |
"The Forgotten 500" provides interesting insights into Nazi-occupied Yugoslovia in WW II, while telling a little known story of a rescue of hundreds of downed airmen behind enemy lines. The book may not be quite as "breathtaking" as the book jacket implies, but the details of the airmen rescued and the Serb people who helped protect them at their own peril is an excellent story. Freeman also includes details of other behind the scenes players, and discusses how poor political decisions led to Allied forces being duped into believing that General Draza Mihailovich was collaborating with German forces, and therefore abandoning support for him in favor of Communist leader Tito. The results of that decision had long lasting implications in post-war Yugoslovia. All in all, "The Forgotten 500" tells a good story, shows what dedicated people can do to overcome bureaucratic bungling and poor political decisions, and also provides background on the ethnic rivalry and diversity in the Balkan region. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
Little known but interesting story from the Second World War. ( )
  jamespurcell | Feb 17, 2020 |
This is the wonderful story of how General Mihailovich risked his life to save over 500 airmen who bailed out over Yugoslavia during WWII on missions to bomb the oil fields in Ploesti. It is also the story of the Serbian people who risked their lives to help these airmen, and how many of them lost their lives as retaliation when they were suspected of aiding the airmen. These people died rather than give the airmen up. It is also the story of how Churchill supported Tito and the partisans and called Mihailovich the enemy. The OSS had recruited men, many of them communists, to work in the service. Later, it turned out these communists were working to sabotage their efforts to rescue the men. This book was very good and easy to read. I thoroughly enjoyed learning a little history while reading this true story some unknown heroes. It read just like a novel. ( )
  sandylw | Mar 23, 2019 |
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A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or duty violated is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us.
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In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped and sheltered for months by villagers behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. Classified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of Operation Halyard, a story of loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery, is now being told for the first time.--From publisher description.

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