The Forgotten 500 : The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II
by Gregory A Freeman
Editor: Penguin Putnam Inc
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The amazing, never told story of the largest rescue mission of World War II, when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslaviaduring a bombing campaign on the Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied YugoslaviaLocal Serbs farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was bornThe risks were incredible.American hunger in Yugoslavia had to build an airstrip big enough for the C-47 transport planes, without tools, without alerting the Germans, and without endangering the villagersAnd the cargo of planes had to do so through enemy airspace and back, without arriving shot down themselvesClassified for over half a century for political reasons, the full account of this unforgettable story, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and bravery is being told for the first timeThe Forgotten 500 is the gripping organ behind the scenes of the greatest escape of the Second World War.”Incredible[and] riveting”–James Bradley, New York Times best-selling author of Our Fathers’ Flags
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