Mihailovich’s Allied pilots rescue operation

In the summer of 1944 the Yugoslav Army in the Homeland, also known as Chetniks, assembled in Serbia and made possible the rescue of over 500 downed Allied airmen. Known as Operation Halyard, the rescue mission was downplayed for decades in order not to unduly irritate Yugoslavia’s Communist authorities. Since then, much information about that … Read more Mihailovich’s Allied pilots rescue operation

Allied pilots rescued by Serbian Chetniks — The Forgotten 500

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

(New American Library, August 2007)

By Gregory A. Freeman

One of the last untold stories of World War II is also one of the greatest – a story of adventure, daring, danger and heroics, followed by a web of conspiracy, lies, and coverup.

THE FORGOTTEN 500 is one of the greatest rescue and escape stories ever, but hardly anyone has heard about it. And that’s by design. The U.S., British, and Yugoslav governments hid details of this story for decades, purposefully denying credit to the heroic rescuers and the foreign ally who gave his life to help allied airmen as they were hunted down by Nazis in the hills of Yugoslavia.

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Operation Halyard Serbian Chetnik rescue mission

Operation Halyard (or Halyard Mission), known in Serbian as Operation Air Bridge (Serbian: Операција Ваздушни мост), was an Allied airlift operation behind Axis lines during World War II. In July 1944, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) drew up plans to send a team to Chetniks led by General Draža Mihailović in the German-occupied Territory of the Military Commander in Serbia for the purpose of evacuating Allied airmen shot down over that area.[2]This team, known … Read more Operation Halyard Serbian Chetnik rescue mission

Video: The ethnic cleansing of Krajina Serbs, 1995

The apparent inability of many Serbs to learn from their history caused it to repeat itself in August of 1995. The political background of the expulsion of a quarter of a million Krajina Serbs by the Croats, with generous tactical and logistical assistance of “retired” US military personnel who were lent for the purpose, will … Read more Video: The ethnic cleansing of Krajina Serbs, 1995