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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

Gregory A. Freeman

The 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... During a bombing campaign, 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, waiting for rescue. In 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip-without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the rescue 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. The Forgotten 500 is the breathtaking, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.

The 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... During a bombing campaign, 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, waiting for rescue. In 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip-without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the rescue 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. The Forgotten 500 is the breathtaking, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.
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History

Description:

The 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... During a bombing campaign, 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, waiting for rescue. In 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible. The starving Americans in Yugoslavia had to construct a landing strip-without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagers. And the rescue 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. The Forgotten 500 is the breathtaking, behind-the-scenes look at the greatest escape of World War II.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Lawlor

Length:

10h 41m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

11:50


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:02


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

35:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

48:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

44:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

46:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:33


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

36:55


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

41:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

50:21


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

35:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

12:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

31:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:25


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

33:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:01:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:26