The Sketchbooks of a 21 Year-Old World War II Soldier Are Amazing


Victory A. Lundy recalled that during his training, he “never listened, I was busy sketching.” But soon, “I sort of took to it. … war experience just hypnotizes young men.” When the aspiring architect was 19 years-old, he enlisted in the Army Special Training Program with a dream of helping to rebuilt post-war Europe. He never expected to end up on the beaches of Normandy in time for D-Day. Lundy was thrown into the US 26th Infantry Division in 1944, all the while sketching his way through WWII.

Many years later, after Lundy became a renowned American architect, he donated his visual diary of 158 pencil sketches to the Library of Congress. The eight surviving spiral sketchbooks (some were lost) are 3 x 5 inches and easily fit in his breast pocket. Sketching in pencil from May to November 1944, beginning with his training at For Jackson Carolina to vivid portraits of the frontline in France, Lundy says, “For me, drawing is sort of synonymous with thinking.”

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

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  2. 2 Attack On A Fortified Position

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

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  4. 4 Church In Crasville, Manche, France

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  5. 5 Line From Ship Being Dropped To Tugboat In New York Harbor

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  6. 6 Soldiers On Watch Tower And Deck Of Ship At Night

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  7. 7 Soldiers Standing At Railing Of Ship In New York Harbor

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  8. 8 Cold As Hell. Soldiers On Deck Of Ship

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  9. 9 House Where Kane & I Got The Roast Chicken & Cognac

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  10. 10 Bill Shepard From Behind, Lying On The Ground While Stationed At Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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