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(Part 2) 21-Year-Old WWII Soldier’s Sketchbooks Show War Through The Eyes Of An Architect

Victor Lundy was a 21-year-old architecture student when he enrolled in the military during World War Two. But instead of abandoning his creative side, the young soldier decided to document his experiences on the battlefield in a series of sketchbooks. In them he recorded everything from fallen soldiers, air raids, and beach landing crafts, to more serene scenarios such as soldiers resting or playing games during their downtime.

His drawings, created between May and November 1944, show us a touching and personal side to one of the bloodiest wars in history, and in 2009 Lundy, who is now 92, donated his sketchbooks to the Library of Congress. All eight of them have been digitally archived since then, and they’re all now available to view online.

Before Pay Day Shooting Craps For Cigarettes

View From My Bunk

Café Where The 2 French Girls Bought Us 4 Bottles Of Cider, Quinéville

Shep Sitting Cross-Legged In His Helmet And Knapsack While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Troop Train. Soldiers Seated On Train Bound For New York Harbor

Bourg de Lestre. Church And World War I Monument In Lestre, Manche, France

Auditorium At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Lifeboat On Deck Of Ship In New York Harbor

Line From Ship Being Dropped To Tugboat In New York Harbor

 Church In Crasville, Manche, France

 

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