The pressure of combat is shown on the faces of these young SS-Panzergrenadiers of SS-Panzer-Division 'Das Reich'. This Sd. advance through the soviet steppe in the southern Voronezh Front during the Battle of Kursk.
Haze was convinced he would only go off to World War II for around 4 months, but ended up fighting for 4 years. This hardened him inside. He went into the war intending to go back and be a preacher like his grandfather, but came out an atheist.
"Fork-tailed Devil" to the Germans - the Lockheed Lightning, my favorite fighter from World War II. America's highest scoring ace, Richard Ira Bong, flew his to 40 kills. Yeager was pretty good in this plane also.