21-Yr-Old WWII Soldier Sketches Daily Life On Frontlines, 70 Yrs Later His Journal Reveals Incredible Snapshot Of War.

When Victor Lundy was 21 years old, he was an American solider in World War II. Thanks to him, we are getting a glimpse into the life of a soldier over 70 years later. Because of Lundy’s passion and talent for drawing, we can now see exactly how the war looked in 1944 through the eyes of a young man.

When Lundy first enrolled in the Army Special Training Program, he was studying architecture in New York and hoped to put his skills to use rebuilding post-war Europe. He didn’t expect to be put in the infantry, but when he found himself on the front lines in France he continued to sketch; “drawing is sort of synonymous with thinking,” says Lundy, now 92.

My Modern Met

Lundy carried sketchbooks with him to serve as his journal. The drawings below– created between May and November of 1944– as well as more of Lundy’s sketches were donated to the Library of Congress by Lundy in 2009 for online viewing.

My Modern Met

After the war, Victor Lundy went on to have an acclaimed career as an architect.

His breathtaking war sketches– through the eyes of a young solider– leave us in awe. Check them out below.

  1. Shep.

  2. Sunday.

  3. Before pay day-- shooting craps for cigarettes.

  4. Home Sweet Home

  5. Bill Shepard.

  6. Ted Lynn.

  7. Troop Train.

  8. View from my bunk.

  9. Promenade deck

  10. Ready to go.

  11. Cracking the Zeigfried line. Air raid over Germany. Seen on a morning hike.

  12. House where Kane & I got the roast chicken & cognac.

  13. Bourg de Lestre

  14. Café where the 2 French girls bought us 4 bottles of cider, Quinéville

  15. Camouflaged German gun position, beach in Quinéville

  16. Part of the Atlantic Wall, 6 men from L Co. hurt here, 6 killed.

  17. "Pat" (T/Sgt. Patenaude) zeroing in with the 60 mm mortars in front of the 3rd platoon.

  18. One of the 4-men German patrol who didn't get back.

    • November 1, 1944


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