Letters from War – A photograph of the Nazi panzer destroyed by Irvin Schwartz in the Battle of the Bulge

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


In the weeks just after the surrender of Nazi Germany in May 1945, the West Schuylkill Press-Herald received a photograph of a German tank destroyed by Sergeant Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. The tank was destroyed in the intense fighting at Dom Bütgenbach on December 21, 1944. 

Schwartz Destroyed Tank

Irvin Schwartz wrote home about his participation in that battle and the destruction of this tank here. 

Here’s the photograph and attached story from the West Schuylkill Press-Herald, May 18, 1945: 

Schwartz Tank Full Story


Featured Image: A headline and photograph of a story from the West Schuylkill Press-Herald, May 1945

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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