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Monday, October 30, 2006

Oldest WWI Vets Meet, Bloodshed Minimal

Britain and Germany's oldest World War I veterans met for the first time on Saturday. Henry Allingham is the oldest man in the UK at 110, and Robert Meier holds the title in Germany at 109.

Ninety years ago, air mechanic Henry flew over the Somme crouched in the back of a biplane and dropped bombs on to the battlefield where infantryman Robert dived for cover. But today the warmth of their greeting leaves many in the room in tears.

Henry's trembling hand reaches out to touch Robert's cheek and, as his eyes fill up, he says: "It's a joy to meet you, old chap."

Beaming Robert clutches Henry's shoulder and says: "Wunderbar!".
As the wine and beer flow, Robert gees up teetotal Henry: "Where were you at the Somme? I was waiting to meet you."

Henry laughs: "It was a long time ago, but I didn't shoot you!" [Link]

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