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(Part 3 of 6) 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.

Barges With Containers Being Loaded To Or Unloaded From Ship In New York Harbor

Helmet Liner On Ground Drawn While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Silhouettes Of Trees In The Moonlight Drawn While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

“Son Of A Bitch!” I Remember Getting On The Deck And Here Were These Guys, And That’s Just What They Were Saying, Son Of A Bitch!

Bombs. Audience In Auditorium Listening To Lecture While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Attack On A Fortified Position

Goodbye Broadway, Hello France! Soldier Sitting On A Boat In New York Harbor

Soldiers On Watch Tower And Deck Of Ship At Night

Joe Fisch, Casually Practicing First Aid

Soldiers Looking At Ship In The Distance

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