Letters from War – Beginning the journey home through Germany, September 1945

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


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Staff Sergeant Irvin Schwartz, 1945

Hof, Germany

September 1, 1945

Hello Press-Herald:

It is a pleasant Saturday evening here in Fiselaze, a little village of less than 200 persons, near the city of Hoff. Quite a contrast to Nurnberg.

We have joined the Ninth Armored Division, which is the one known to have made the initial crossing of the Rhine at the scene of the Ludendorf Bridge at Remagen, and we are about to say good-bye to the country which plunged this world into war.

We are in A Company of the 27th Armored Infantry Battalion, and will leave on Friday, September 7, for the assembly area at Rheims, France.

I will write later.

T/Sgt. Irvin Schwartz


Featured Image: Hof, Germany in the 21st century (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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