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Francis Andrews Schurtz Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Germany

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-10-11

Duration: 00:21:09

Subjects: Schurtz, Francis Andrews | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945


  • Schurtz, Francis Andrews Interviewee
  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer


An oral history interview conducted on October 11, 2007, with Francis Andrews Schurtz, a Captain in the 689th Field Artillery Battalion of Patton’s Third Army during World War II. He discusses: General George S. Patton’s ability to get things done; his deployment to Europe; the intense cold; the function of artillery; meeting General Patton; his time in Germany; and shooting down a German airplane.