Military history

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All For the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

An astonishing, never-before-told story of the Second World War, based on newly declassified documents and exclusive interviews. In 1944 the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia. 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.

Chapter 1: We’ll Get Them Out

Chapter 2: Abandon Ship!

Chapter 3: Counting Parachutes

Chapter 4: Americanski?

Chapter 5: Long Journey to Somewhere

Chapter 6: Escaping Yugoslavia

Chapter 7: Passports, Please

Chapter 8: Man of the Year

Chapter 9: Abandoned Ally

Chapter 10: Screw the British

Chapter 11: Goats’ Milk and Hay Bread

Chapter 12: An All-American Team

Chapter 13: SOS ... Waiting for Rescue

Chapter 14: Sure to Be a Rough Landing

Chapter 15: Red. Red. Red.

Chapter 16: Going Home Shoeless

Chapter 17: Gales of the World

Chapter 18: Secrets and Lies

Epilogue

Partial List of Airmen Rescued in Operation Halyard

Notes

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