My grandfather and his brother meeting randomly during WWII, neither knew if the other was alive.
2 brothers randomly meet during WWII... neither knew if the other was still alive.
During the Battle of the Bulge, GIs of the 413th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division "Timberwolf Division", resting on the rails after combat in Düren, town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 21 December 1944.
Two paratroopers, probably with the 507th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division, meet with GIs of the 90th Infantry Division "Tough "Hombres", preparing to relieve the "All American" troopers. Cretteville-Baupte Sector, Utah Beach, Normandy. 20 June 1944.
Waffen SS killed many prisoners in cold blood; 12th SS Panzer Divison “Hitlerjugend”, a unit that took 43% of the casualties in the Normandy landings, it's youthful troops earning it the nickname “Baby Division” by the Allies. Many were so young that rather than standard tobacco/alcohol ration, they were given chocolate and sweets. In just under a year, the 20,540 members of the division had been whittled down to 10,000. Many allied troops did not accept the surrender of SS troops.