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George Robert Carr papers

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2000 Box 24 (00.0700-00.0734), Folder: 00.0733
Identifier: 00.0733

Content Description

This collection relates to George Robert Carr who served in Europe during World War II. This collection includes two manuscripts. The first manuscript details Robert C. Mowrer's experiences serving with the 106th infantry Regiment, 27th Division, in the Pacific Theater. The second manuscript details German soldier Gunther Schmidt's account of the Battle of Huertgen Forest from the time he was sent there to when his battalion is defeated. Second manuscript includes maps.


  • Event: September 6, 1943-February 2, 1996
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2020-04-28


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Robert C. Mowrer served as a Private First Class with the 106th infantry Regiment 27th Infantry Division, during World War II. He knew the donor, George Robert Carr, who initially mistook the account of Mowrer's platoon for his own. This manuscript detail's Morwer's experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Morwer describes being shipped to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii before heading towards Japan. He prepares for attacks on Saipan and sleeps on the decks to be ready in case there is an attack at night. He describes being on the frontlines of fighting on Guam. He describes taking over land as they move in and dealing with sniper after sniper along with how many men they lost along the way. He also mentions looting of dead soldiers and a final attack in which he was wounded and later awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Carr gives no account of where he obtained the manuscript, only that Carr knew Mowrer.

Gunther Schmidt served as a German soldier during World War II. His account provides a German perspective of the Battle of Huertgen Forest. The manuscript covers November 2, 1944 to February 6, 1945. Schmidt includes maps of the battle plans, as well as his own experience with the battle. The memoir begins by describing how Schmidt got into the battle and goes on to describe the shiver he felt when he first arrived and saw dead babies. He talks about his first encounters with the Americans and hearing the screams of wounded men. Schmidt also mentions problems with supplies. Over the course of the battle, they capture several American soldiers. Ultimately, Schmidt's battalion is dissolved. There is no account of where George Robert Carr obtained the manuscript, only that Carr for a while thought the platoon captured in the Morwer manuscript was his own but it wasn't.


2 items (2 books: Diary of Bob Mowrer 272 VGD at Raffelsbrand by Gunther Schmidt)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by George Robert Carr. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience in 2002.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

George Robert Carr papers
Mallory McGovern
April 30, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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