James "Pee Wee" Martin, left, poses for a photo with Erich Bessoir June 7, 2014, at Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France. Martin met Bessoir, a German World War II veteran of the Waffen-SS, to promote understanding of former enemies and progressing international friendships during the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. (Credits: Alexander W. Riedel)

D-Day Paratrooper and former Waffen-SS Soldier share experiences

OMAHA BEACH, France — Meeting at the notorious “bloody” Omaha beach here along the coast of northern France, two former enemies talked about what happened 70 years ago in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Invited by a group of European historians, James “Pee Wee” Martin, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, joined Erich Bissoir, a former …

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