"We get newspapers from home and they tell how we are winning the war down here. If they only knew what a licking we are taking just now."
The diary of a B-17 navigator to remind us that war was then what it is today and has been for millenia; a dash of terror in a stockpot of mind-numbing boredom.
Well worth a look.
(h/t to Brad DeLong for the original link)