World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

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A 21-year-old American soldier, born into a family of Russian immigrants, got to the European front during World War II. It is thanks to his talent and desire to capture everything he saw that we can find out what the life of a soldier was like 70 years ago.

In 1942, Lundy was 19 years old and studying to be an architect in New York. In 1944, a talented young man goes to war. And all the time he does what he knows best — sketches everything he sees around him: military training at Fort Jackson, forced marches, soldiers on vacation, crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the port of Cherbourg, French settlements and death.

The narrative through the drawings is conducted from May to November 1944, until Lundy is in the hospital after being wounded at the front.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Eight sketchbooks out of twenty have reached us. Each is a small spiral notebook, which must have fit perfectly into the breast pocket. Lundy drew with a Hardtmuth black pencil quickly and clearly. "For me, drawing is synonymous with reflection," the soldier said.

Victor Alfred Lundy was born in 1923 in New York City to a family of Russian immigrants. The mother strongly supported her son's talent for drawing. Lundy first graduated from New York University, and after the war he entered the Harvard School of Design and graduated with a degree in architecture. In 1954, Lundy opened a firm in the Florida city of Sarasota and became one of the leaders of the Sarasota school of Architecture. His most recognized and famous works are the buildings of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Tax Court and the American Embassy in Sri Lanka.

Victor Lundy donated his archive to the Library of Congress (US National Library), and in 2009 his sketches of the Second World War were published.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Victor Lundy.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Fort Jackson, South Carolina, spring 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

May 10, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

The big boss is a sergeant. May 12, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

May 13, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"One mile left." May 21, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Portrait of a sergeant.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

The Thinker.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"After the march."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Sunday."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Nap", June 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Home, sweet home."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Soldiers are playing dice for cigarettes.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

June 6, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

August 25, 1944, on a train.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Goodbye Broadway, hello France."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Finally abroad."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Sunset, August 27, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Night, August 28, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"The view from my seat."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

August 29.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Signed: "Theodore Rombo."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Convoy at dusk."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

The caption to the portrait: "Charles Heathcock".

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"On deck."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"How far we are from home now!", September 7, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Ready."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Moved out."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"France!"

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Montebourg, September 9, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"The French farmer."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Leicester, September 19, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"The Commune of Leicester".

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"The Church in Kravila".

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"The house where Kane and I were treated to fried chicken and cognac."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"Shelling of the Siegfried line, an air raid against Germany."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

"A cafe where two French girls bought us 4 bottles of cider."

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

On the beach of Luneville.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Part of the Atlantic Rampart built by the German Army.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

The caption to the portrait: "Kentucky Fine Tower." In the lower left corner are the words from the American folk song "Where did you sleep last night?".

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

German patrol.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Soldiers sit in a truck in the rain, November 7, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

A dead soldier from a German patrol, November 1, 1944.

World War II in the drawings of a 21-year-old soldier made in 1944

Keywords: Architect | World War II | Sketches | Drawings | Soldier | Artist

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