Sketches Of WWII From GI's Diary
I love this on so many levels. Seriously, there's just so much to like about it.
It's to do with WWII for a start, which is always of interest due to the grand impressiveness of the subject, of course, but also because of the associations with family time watching documentaries and asking questions about it to my dad and granddad.
But first hand evidence of one person's isolated view of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen is always interesting. It's easy to get lost and desensitised to how it must have felt for all the individuals involved in the war when you consider it at a macro level. I mean, the Holocaust took the lives of 11 million Jews and Soviet civilians. Do you even know what 11 million people looks like? Let alone be able to comprehend what 11 million individual people look like?
So when a personal view of such an enormous event is produced it takes on extra poignancy and insight. And when it's a diary of pencil sketches from a 21 year old soldier, you can't help but feel more personally touched.
Maybe that's down to the graphite doodle nature of the sketches, but, for me, it's due to the fact that you can picture him, sat there, in moments of rest and waiting, passing the time by sketching what is in front of him.
Not that that would be peaceful. Drawing a pencil sketch of young dead Germans is far from it. I'm guessing but I imagine it was his way of making sense of the world around him and the actions he found himself involved in.
The sketches were produced by Victor Lundy, an architect turned GI turned architect, when he was 21 and found himself on the frontline of Western Europe. He's originally signed up to the Army Special Training Program to be part of the process of rebuilding Europe when the war eventually finished. But with D-Day came the need for extra soldiers, so his role was changed.