Letters from War – A description of the English countryside, 1944

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945. 

Read the previous letter here

Schwartz 1944 (1)
A 1944 photograph of Irvin Schwartz, included with the Press-Herald’s story.


April 18, 1944 

Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Reber:

I should think you are rather tired of receiving my “business” letters, so here’s a simple, friendly one to bring a slight change.

I haven’t heard from you recently. I wish both of you could be here to see Old England at this time of the year. Yes, deeply in war, but Mr. Churchill’s countryside must be the most picturesque in this whole world. You have seen pictures of it, but this scenary can’t be described.

Colorful sunsets, winding roads, high mountains, beautiful valleys, farmlands, little stone homes etc., all make an indescribable picture.

The news of [Pine Grove High School] winning the cage [basketball] title made us even more eager to get this over and get home.

Now, may God bless you,

Irvin Schwartz

Featured Image: Sunset in the countryside – Wikimedia Commons

This is part of a series titled: “Letters from War.” Read more of the letters written by Irvin Schwartz during World War II

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