- Product code: ADPMO
- ISBN: 9781426208171
- Publisher: National Geographic Society
- Format: Hardback
- Dimensions: 25.4cm x 20.3cm
- Pages: 320
- Book points: 20
Soldier's Sketchbook (Hardback)
This is an illustrated memoir from a World War II soldier, drawn from the letters, sketches, snapshots, and mementos of Private Joseph Farris, who left his home in Connecticut and set off to war in 1944, bound for France as part of Company M, 398th Infantry. Farris wrote more than 800 letters home, and hewed his artistic talents with sketches and paintings along the way. He also secretly copied officers' notes and, once back home after the war, collected clippings and battlefield accounts, which form a sobering counterpoint to his reassurances to his parents that everything is swell. "A Soldier's Sketchbook" chronicles a young soldier's experiences from October 1944 through January 1946 in France and Germany. In words and pictures, it tells of Christmas in the trenches, long walks through the rain and mud, landscapes of fear and despair, lost friends and leaders, changing beliefs about human nature, God and the Jerries (as he calls the Germans). Transcriptions of many of the 800 letters Joseph Farris wrote home sit side by side with the real thing, reproduced in facsimile on the page. Snapshots and colour sketches, painted in moments of reprieve during battle and carried home by this earnest young man and fledgling artist, help us see the world he saw.
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