Cpl. Withers' War
A vast collection of illustrations created by former Army artist George Withers that portrays scenes from the daily lives of his fellow soldiers during World War II compiled by his son, Brian Withers.
Brian Withers shows his father’s portrait of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower on the cover of Army Talks magazine in 1945. Ike sent the illustrator a thank-you note. (July 12, 2012)
George Withers, a “war artist” for the U.S. Army, is pictured here at the European Theater of Operations in Paris between 1944-1945. (July 12, 2012)
One of Brian Withers' favorites paintings of his father George's from his time serving with the U.S. Army in World War II is this one depicting American troops in Scotland in 1944. (July 12, 2012)
An undated painting by George Withers of his wife, Virginia. Withers often wrote to his wife during the war and included sketches of her done from memory.
Envelopes from George Withers' time as a “war artist” for the U.S. Army are stuffed with letters and small postcards with images depicting the scenes he was seeing while stationed in Europe during World War II. (July 12, 2012)
A photograph of George Withers with his son, Brian, during the boy's childhood. (July 12, 2012)
A collage of paintings and drawings by George Withers of liberated Paris in the summer of 1945. (July 12, 2012)
Brian Withers, 68, of Merrick explains that while his father was deployed in Europe during World War II he would sometimes try to add sketches with a hint of humor to his letters home to his family in New York. (July 12, 2012)
In 1944, two of George Withers’ illustrations for short stories by J.D. Salinger were reproduced on covers of the Saturday Evening Post. (July 12, 2012)
A painting of Paris by George Withers. (July 12, 2012)