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The last of the second World War “Few” :(

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The landing in Normandy is honored every year on June 6th. And recently, a Yank who met a girl during the war in Eastern France has met her again after an hiatus of almost 75 years*!

Here's a photo of "Frenchy" back then:
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They are now living together. Love Conquers All - sometimes sooner and sometimes later ...

*If interested, read about it here.
 

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You wanted to "stand up" whilst bullets were buzzing over your head.
Interesting. Very interesting ... ! ;^)
Usually in this case, "stand up" it is to fall somewhere, if you are in the open and press down to the ground. The machine gun is fun, but the "zushka", a 23mm anti-aircraft twin gun, when it hits ground targets. it's even more fun... There's only a deep trench in this case.
 

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The last defender of the Brest Fortress, Pyotr Kotelnikov, died at the age of 92.
Kotelnikov was the last fighter who defended the Brest fortress during the Great Patriotic War, who survived to this day.
He was born in 1929. In early childhood, he became an orphan and was brought up in an orphanage. He was a twelve-year-old pupil of the musicians' platoon of the 44th Rifle regiment, when the war began. He met the war in the Brest fortress. After the war, he served in Brest for more than 20 years. In recent years, the veteran lived in Moscow.

 

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On April 25, 1945, a meeting was held on the Elbe. The Soviets met their American allies for the first time.
In the photo, platoon commander Alexander Silvashko and reconnaissance group commander William Robertson.
In the second photo - they are the same, 30 years after.

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WWII will not be forgotten while I live. My British parents and I escaped from France in June 1940 and spent the the rest of the war in London. My father was a veteran of WWI and had spent four years in France and Belgium. He never forgave the Germans and the older I get the more I think he was right. Many more generations must pass before they can be trusted.
 
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