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(Part 4 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.

Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

Monument With Christian Cross Atop, Probably In Manche, France

Soldier Sleeping In Hammock While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldiers Standing At Railing Of Ship In New York Harbor

Soldiers Disembarking On Gangplank From Ship In Cherbourg Harbor, France

Beer Garden, Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Cold As Hell. Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

Home. Tent In Woods Drawn While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldiers In The Field While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldier Lying On The Ground While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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