Wartime lovers reunited after 75 years apart

D-Day 75th anniversary 11

D-Day 75th anniversary 11

In 1944, United States soldier K.T. Robbins met Jeannine Ganaye while he was stationed in northeastern France and the two quickly became lovers.

KT Robbins was a 24-year-old soldier in the US Army when he first laid eyes on Jeannine, now 92.

They met when the soldier was looking for someone to wash his clothes, and the teenager's mother offered to help.

Two months later, he was sent to the front-line, and their paths never crossed again-until a French documentary maker set up a surprise reunion as Robbins returned to France to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Later back in the U.S., he got married to someone else.

Returning to Europe for D-Day commemorations, Mr Robbins told journalists about his lost love - and they found her for him.

"When he left in the truck I cried, of course, I was very sad". I wish that after the war, he hadn't returned to America.

As it turns out, Ganaye got married eventually as well, but neither ever got over their first love for each other.

Instead, Mr Robbins - who enlisted in the 26th Infantry, First Division in 1940 and later volunteered to serve in a bakery battalion - returned to the USA where he met his wife of 70 years Lillian, who passed away in 2015 aged 92.

They say true love stands the test of time, but there are few examples that have lasted as long as this.

Although he already assumed that she had passed away, the journalists were eager enough to track down Ganaye.

Fast-forward 75 years and KT Robbins, now 97, has finally been reunited with the woman whose picture he has treasured for more than half a century.

Mr Robbins then pulled out the photo of the Frenchwoman he had kept for so many decades. He said he invited Ganaye and her children to come visit him here, and he doesn't think their love story is over just yet.

Now both widowed, Robbins and Pierson promised they would meet again.

Robbins and Pierson immediately embraced when they were reunited, gazing into each other's eyes with adoration and joy.

"I always loved you".

During the video, Mr Robbins was also seen pulling out an old photograph of Jeannine as he said: "This is you".

'He said he loves me. "I understood that much", Pierson told one of the journalists in French. The two shared an emotional kiss and Robbins showed Pierson the photo of her he has kept with him all these years.

Since the war, she learned some English, hoping that he would some day come back to her. "She waited for me five years to come back". "I wish he had come back".

Addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "It's an honour for all of us to share this moment with you".

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