These Original World War II Illustrations Are Wonderful

Redditor Alex Emmart posted extracts from his grandfather's wartime sketchbook. Then told BuzzFeed the moving story behind them.

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Weston Emmart was a GI in Patton's Third Army. Far from harrowing, his sketches in the main are unexpectedly light-hearted, focusing on moments of humour, bathos and boredom. Particularly moving are his portrayals of what life was like for a young American suddenly finding himself stationed in unfamiliar British cities such as London and Liverpool.

15. Arriving in Liverpool in the middle of a blackout.

"It felt good to get off the crowded ship. We disembarked at night in the middle of a blackout in Liverpool. We left for camp immediately."

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Postscript: Emmart survived the war, and went into advertising, becoming one of the original Mad Men in the '60s. He worked for Ogilvy & Mather for 35 years, and died earlier this year, at the age of 90. His grandson Alex tells BuzzFeed: "He never stopped creating art, [he was] always working on something up until his passing. He has been such an artistic inspiration to us for many years."

All photos by Alex Emmart. View loads more via the full imgur gallery.

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