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.

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

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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 years ago

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

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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 years ago

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

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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 years 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 years 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 years ago

wow, this one <3

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Soldiers Sitting In A Truck In France

Soldiers Sitting In A Truck In France

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Erni Setiawati 2 years ago

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

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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 years 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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#11

Church In Crasville, Manche, France

Church In Crasville, Manche, France

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Glenn Dube 2 years ago

Here it is. https://www.google.ca/maps/place/49%C2%B032'52.1%22N+1%C2%B019'14.2%22W/@49.5547807,-1.3208541,3a,60y,108.82h,83.05t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sydcTHul3lg5twFShxW6mjw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d49.5478!4d-1.3206

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#12

Before Pay Day Shooting Craps For Cigarettes

Before Pay Day Shooting Craps For Cigarettes

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Torrie Gapin 2 years ago

Fantastic!

#13

Café Where The 2 French Girls Bought Us 4 Bottles Of Cider, Quinéville

Café Where The 2 French Girls Bought Us 4 Bottles Of Cider, Quinéville

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#14

View From My Bunk

View From My Bunk

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Faturrahman 2 years ago

just wow :O

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Shep Sitting Cross-Legged In His Helmet And Knapsack While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Shep Sitting Cross-Legged In His Helmet And Knapsack While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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#16

Lifeboat On Deck Of Ship In New York Harbor

Lifeboat On Deck Of Ship In New York Harbor

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#17

Line From Ship Being Dropped To Tugboat In New York Harbor

 Line From Ship Being Dropped To Tugboat In New York Harbor

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#18

Bourg de Lestre. Church And World War I Monument In Lestre, Manche, France

Bourg de Lestre. Church And World War I Monument In Lestre, Manche, France

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Glenn Dube 2 years ago

found it. He was in Lestre not Bourge de Lestre. https://www.google.ca/maps/@49.5261312,-1.3350056,3a,75y,54.5h,94.41t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sxWfs9sFn9SUNIDaefWigjw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

#19

Troop Train. Soldiers Seated On Train Bound For New York Harbor

Troop Train. Soldiers Seated On Train Bound For New York Harbor

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#20

Auditorium At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Auditorium At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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#21

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

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

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#22

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

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

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#23

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

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

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#24

"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!

"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!

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#25

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

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

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#26

Attack On A Fortified Position

Attack On A Fortified Position

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#27

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

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

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#28

Soldiers On Watch Tower And Deck Of Ship At Night

Soldiers On Watch Tower And Deck Of Ship At Night

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#29

Joe Fisch, Casually Practicing First Aid

Joe Fisch, Casually Practicing First Aid

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Mathijs Groothuis 2 years ago

It's casualty practicing. Boredpanda gets the handwritten text wrong quite often.

#30

Soldiers Looking At Ship In The Distance

Soldiers Looking At Ship In The Distance

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Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

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#32

Monument With Christian Cross Atop, Probably In Manche, France

Monument With Christian Cross Atop, Probably In Manche, France

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#33

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

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

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Master Markus 2 years ago

That's a ... peculiar sleeping position.

#34

Soldiers Standing At Railing Of Ship In New York Harbor

 Soldiers Standing At Railing Of Ship In New York Harbor

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#35

Soldiers Disembarking On Gangplank From Ship In Cherbourg Harbor, France

Soldiers Disembarking On Gangplank From Ship In Cherbourg Harbor, France

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#36

Beer Garden, Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Beer Garden, Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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#37

Cold As Hell. Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

Cold As Hell. Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

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Animesh Mishra 2 years ago

can feel the cold

#38

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

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

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#39

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

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

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

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

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Samantha Summerson 2 years ago

"Big attack" - you can almost imagine what they were going through....

#41

Two Soldiers Looking Out To Sea

Two Soldiers Looking Out To Sea

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#42

Soldier On Board Landing Craft In Cherbourg Harbor, France

Soldier On Board Landing Craft In Cherbourg Harbor, France

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#43

Soldiers On Deck Of Ferry In New York Harbor

Soldiers On Deck Of Ferry In New York Harbor

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Tracey Curry 2 years ago

very special indeed

#44

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

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

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#45

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

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

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#46

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

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

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#47

Planning A Platoon Attack Sgt. Jaffe

Planning A Platoon Attack Sgt. Jaffe

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Tyna Valentis 2 years ago

Judging from the pictures one might think they were having a pretty chill camping time. Especially planning this platoon attack aka sleeping

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#48

Soldiers Looking At Land In The Distance, Cherbourg

Soldiers Looking At Land In The Distance, Cherbourg

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#49

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

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

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#50

Street With Barracks At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Street With Barracks At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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#51

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

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

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#52

Soldier Sitting On Ground At Night While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldier Sitting On Ground At Night While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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Soldiers Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldiers Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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#54

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

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

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#55

Soldiers Seated On Train Bound For New York Harbor

Soldiers Seated On Train Bound For New York Harbor

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Samantha Summerson 2 years ago

This pic was earlier on too???

#56

Soldier Sketches

Soldier Sketches

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#57

Soldiers With Landing Craft Tanks

Soldiers With Landing Craft Tanks

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#58

Sea-Plane Hangar Wrecked By Germans At Cherbourg, France

Sea-Plane Hangar Wrecked By Germans At Cherbourg, France

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Soldiers Watching A First Aid Demonstration While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Soldiers Watching A First Aid Demonstration While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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