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(Part 5 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.

Ready To Go. Soldiers Aboard Landing Craft In Cherbourg Harbor, France

First Aid Lecture. Soldiers Listening To Lecture While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Planning A Platoon Attack Sgt. Jaffe

Two Soldiers Looking Out To Sea

Soldiers Looking At Land In The Distance, Cherbourg

Soldier On Board Landing Craft In Cherbourg Harbor, France

On A Reconnaissance In France. Waiting For A Co. C.O. At Capt. Trescott’s O.P.

Street With Barracks At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldiers On Deck Of Ferry In New York Harbor

Our First Camp In Normandy At St. Martin D’Audeville


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