Gregory A. Freeman The Forgotten 500: The Untold Story of the Men Who Risked All for the Greatest Rescue Mission of World War II

Last updated: July 8, 2019

Gregory A. Freeman's "The Forgotten 500" tells the story of Operation Halyard during World War II, the biggest rescue operation of American Airmen in history. You won't be able to put the book down, thanks to the suspense and adventure in the tale. Most importantly, you'll learn about the men who escaped, as well as those who gave their lives so that they could.

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In our analysis of 60 expert reviews, the Gregory A. Freeman The Forgotten 500 placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Gregory A. Freeman is 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 include The Forgotten 500, The Gathering Wind, Sailors to the End, Troubled Water, and The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys. He lives in the Atlanta area.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Sixty years ago, more than five hundred Allied airmen—starving, frightened, hiding from the Germans—lurked in the hills of Yugoslavia. They’d been shot down during years of relentless bombing runs against a crucial target: the Romanian oil fields that supplied the Germans with nearly a third of their fuel supplies. These figures are at the heart of Freeman’s frequently gripping tale, shot through with ironies as it is. Just one example: Gen. Draja Mihailovich was friendly toward the Allies, and though his village of Pranjane was in Nazi territory, it became a gathering place for the first wave of rescued airmen.
The Forgotten 500 successfully achieved its goal of telling the story of a large rescue operation that was unjustifiably unknown and the gallantry of anonymous Serbs who played small but nevertheless important parts in the ultimate defeat of Germany.
THE FORGOTTEN 500 takes the reader along on this suspenseful adventure, while also explaining how the Yugoslav guerilla fighter who made it all possible was betrayed by his western allies. THE FORGOTTEN 500 is the story of young men struggling to make it back home to their families, and their decades-long quest to acknowledge the secret agents and the foreign soldiers who risked all for them.

What reviewers didn't like

The author's bias in favor of Mihailovic must be something to keep in mind.
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