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.


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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.

More info: Library of Congress (h/t: mymodernmet)

#1 One Of The 4-Men German Patrol Who Didn't Get Back

One Of The 4-Men German Patrol Who Didn't Get Back

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Judy Semmens 2 weeks ago

This is so deeply poignant, it's almost moved me to tears.

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#2 House Where Kane & I Got The Roast Chicken & Cognac

House Where Kane & I Got The Roast Chicken & Cognac

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Imre Jr. Papp 2 weeks ago

My opinion, that is simply sketch, but it has lot of messages, i love it

#3 Home Sweet Home. Soldier In Hammock While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Home Sweet Home. Soldier In Hammock While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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Judy Semmens 2 weeks ago

His face reminds me of an Anonymous mask.

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#4 Soldiers Sitting On Promenade Deck Of Ship

Soldiers Sitting On Promenade Deck Of Ship

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#5 Apparatus On Ship At Night

Apparatus On Ship At Night

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Hazel Mae Barbero 2 weeks ago

That was some wicked shading skills!

#6 Sunset - First Night Out On The Ships At Sea

Sunset - First Night Out On The Ships At Sea

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Nimasha Perera 2 weeks ago

wow, this one <3

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#7 Soldiers Sitting In A Truck In France

Soldiers Sitting In A Truck In France

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Erni Setiawati 2 weeks ago

this one is his recent sketch than the others. please tell me this wasn't his last "time"

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#8 Cracking The Zeigfried [I.E. Siegfried] Line, Air Raid Over Germany Seen On A Morning Hike

Cracking The Zeigfried [I.E. Siegfried] Line, Air Raid Over Germany Seen On A Morning Hike

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#9 Bill Shepard From Behind, Lying On The Ground While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Bill Shepard From Behind, Lying On The Ground While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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Mimi Da Katt 2 weeks ago

This is awesome! This soldier's got skillz

#10 Sunday. Soldier In Bed While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Sunday. Soldier In Bed While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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