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.
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.
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.