During World War 2 Captain Edward Taggert said, "World War 2 will go into history more vividly documented than any other conflict."
He was certainly right. This is due in part by water-coloring, drawing, and painting by soldiers which depicted every aspect of war. In 1946 the War Department started to document all of the art being done.
Competitions like the one presented by Life magazine in 1942 became very popular. Eight hundred dollars was given to the winner of an artist who turned in a project based on war time that was created during their active duty in the armed forces.