ISBN: 0451224957
EAN13: 9780451224958
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 2, 2008
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8.9" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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

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An amazing but unknown World War I adventure story. Told in riveting detail for the first time, The Forgotten 500 is a tale of unsung heroes who went above and beyond. James Bradley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers and Flyboys. During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian villagers risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers, and for months the airmen lived in hiding, protected by farmers and peasants, waiting for rescue. 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. Suppressed for more than 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 breathtaking behind-the-scenes look at the most daring escape of World War I.

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5
   What a story!
The book was really good. It was well written. For wow factor, history blows away fiction. I thought the author was stretching things into comic book territory. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and A Woman of No Importance were equally good. Great story!
 
5
   Great story well told
Before reading this book, I had no idea how the allies in this part of the world shaped the aftermath of World War 2. A good book for history buffs. There were stories from the soldiers who were there.
 
5
   Wonderful Story
This is a very good book and a wonderful story. The author keeps you interested even though you know the outcome. It is a very good read, but he did get bogged down in a couple of the middle chapters. !
 
5
   Great story! Well written.
Most of the books with unknown or forgotten titles seem to be stories with which I am familiar and often provide no new information. Not this one, that's right! I was not aware of the soviet manipulation of allied support for the communist Yugoslavia's instead of the Chetniks. I was not aware of the British communist spy who was involved in that manipulation, and some cases had the British working against the US. The book contains a lot of information about the rescue. The end notes were illuminating. Highly recommended. I found this book and took a chance.
 
3
   Great Story - Middle School Level Writing
After reviewing the book, I had great expectations for it. The basic story about a secret rescue of downed airmen was not something I had heard before. It was worth the price of purchase for that part of the book. The book proceeds at an odd pace. It's repetitive in parts, such as describing emotions and anxieties of the participants over and over again. The book skims by with little detail in some places. It could have been less than 50 pages. The rescue pilots did not detail their story. The bombing campaign's end is not addressed. The book is a good option for a young reader because it is a mix of different writing styles.
 
5
   Betrayal
I am a WWII history buff. I was interested in naval history and didn't pay much attention to the exonerating efforts of General Michailovich. I thought that Churchill had reservations about Stalin's trustworthiness. Government officials in the U.S. and Great Britain hired Communists to work in sensitive areas. Kluggman was able to influence the policy of both governments. Think about what is happening today. The President is trying to steer our country back onto the right track but his every move is being stymied and criticized by the previous administration. The truth is coming out, even though it is slowly coming out.
 
5
   Intriguing Story!
I had never heard of any of the characters before reading this book. At times, it was fascinating. I didn't want it to go down. A good read for all history and WW II buffs. Our government messed up on this one. Thankfully, there were a few men who risked their lives to pull off the rescue and make sure the public was informed. I wonder how many other mistakes the Washington powerful made.
 
5
   Terrific book!
This is a captivating read, and it is also informative. I remember that Tito was treated as a hero by our government. The story of Mihailovich is told here. The account of the beginning of the rescue is very emotional. It is highly recommended.
 
3
   Heroic rescue
A good story with some back stories. The short version of the US flying over Yugoslavia was saved by a resistance group. According to the books, the Germans, the Communists, and the government of the Prime Minister of England were enemies of the Chetniks.
 
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   Only a handful of pages in...
A group of 4 Americans enter a home where they are fed a meager amount of food. There are only 3 Americans for the rest of the scene, apparently they lost one. I'll continue reading because I'm interested in the history, but that large flaw so early in a story would have left me abandoning most other books.
 
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