Stephen Belaski World War II Drawings


Drawing of Soldiers saluting flag and pyramids during World War 2

This collection contains 62 sketches and drawings created by Vermont artist Stephen J. Belaski (1909-1987) in Cario, Egpyt, during his service with the U.S. Army during World War II, 1942-1945. His work illustrates army life and the life of residents of that city and the surrounding rural areas. Some of his drawings illustrate Camp Crowder in Neosho, Missouri, and troop transport ships on their way to and from Egypt. The illustrations in Egypt include street scenes, army camps, army activities in the Hotel Extadey, and three drawings made in Cyprus. The Vermont Historical Society Library also has a collection of photographs taken by Belaski that complements this collection (MSA 938).


  • Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Society, 60 Washington Street, Barre, Vermont 05641

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  • Stephen Belaski World War II Drawings

Kneeling and Prone
A pencil sketch of four soldiers setup at a firing range. The soldiers are pictured in various braced positions for shooting. The targets are shown along with a rifle in the foreground. 1942-08-06

Bunk Fatigue
A sketch in blue pencil of two soldiers relaxing in their bunk. A row of cots is lined up against a wall on which military uniforms hang. One soldier reads while the other sleeps. An open door reveals a view of the camp. 1942-09-06

Mess Halls
A blue pencil sketch of multiple mess hall buildings in Camp Crowder. At least five buildings can be seen along with a protected lawn guarded by "keep out" signs. 1942-09-14