The Forgotten 500
The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
By (author) Gregory A Freeman
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Forgotten 500 by Gregory A Freeman
Book DescriptionThe astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia... 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. Classified for over 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. Amazing [and] riveting. James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers "
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780451224958
Paperback / softback
(224mm x 150mm x 20mm)
Imprint: New American Library
Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
Publish Date: 18-May-2012
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Gregory A Freeman
Gregory A. Freemanis an award-winning writer and a leader in the field of narrative nonfiction. Known for books that make a true story read like a gripping, fast-paced novel, his works includeThe Forgotten 500, The Gathering Wind, Sailors to the End, Troubled Water, andThe Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys. He lives in the Atlanta area."
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