In the Ambrose B0B book how Winters is described as (almost coldly) killing Germans is alittle disturbing in a way
An easy comment to make with the separation of almost 70 years...
I talked a lot to my surviving older relatives as I grew up. One would talk about "kit" that he used, but would never talk about what he had done or people lost / injured. He was a pilot on Stilings, Lancs and Mossies, totally coldly killing a lot of German civilians.
Another was on destroyers - his flotilla was tasked with rescuing survivors from the Hood out of 1300 odd crew, his boat picked up none, sister ship picked up three - that was it.
My Grandmothers two broters both died when HMS Glorious was sunk. My grandfathers two brothers both ended up on the Burma Railway. one died when his hospital ship was sunk by a US submarine. War is a bit shit, and those involved don't get asked to make choices.