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March 9th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Enemies discover a 'higher call' in battle

By John Blake, CNN

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(CNN) - We love to hear war stories about epic battles or crack troops like Seal Team 6, the elite Navy unit that brought down Osama bin Laden.

But there is another side of war that’s seldom explored: Why do some soldiers risk their lives to save their enemies and, in some cases, develop a deep bond with them that outlives war?

Stories about the bond that surfaces between enemies have been told for centuries.

One such story in particular involves a German and American pilot who met as enemies over the skies of Europe during World War II but reunited as brothers 50 years later.

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