At 21-years-old, sketch artist Victor Lundy enrolled in the military at the height of World War II. But instead of completely abandoning his artistic abilities, the architectural enthusiast decided to document his experiences on the battlefield in a series eight of sketchbooks, which he has since donated to the Library of Congress. His incredibly detailed records of the war stretch from scenes of fallen soldiers, air raids, and beach landings, to more conventional scenarios like soldiers playing games on their downtime or taking much needed naps. The now 92-year-old veteran went on to have an acclaimed architectural career after returning from the war in 1944.
It’s hard to imagine a service man taking the time to sketch scenes from one of the bloodiest wars in history, but to have detailed recordings of the event is in itself extraordinary. All sketchbooks have been digitally remastered and can be viewed online HERE.
One of the 4-men German patrol who didn’t get back.