Schwerte is a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated in the Ruhr valley, at the south-east border of the Ruhr Area. South of Schwerte begins the mountainous Sauerland region. The population was 46,743 as of the 2011 census.
By April 1951, Gustav Hozzel found himself in a house on the outskirts of Schwerte, a town itself on the outskirts of Dortmund, at the edge of the Ruhr with Max Bachman. The emergency militiamen had fortified the bottom floor of the house with rubble and had had knocked down the back wall toward the next house as a line of retreat. The two, along with Rolf Mehlen, survived a shelling and a Soviet assault on their position and then driving the attackers off. They and the Americans were eventually forced out of Schwerte to Dortmund.