William Manchester in his Pulitzer Prize nominated book, Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War, opens the door to truth a little, so that reality beyond the hermetically sealed room of blinding war propaganda in bed with Church war propaganda may be seen somewhat:
You tripped over strings of viscera fifteen feet long, over bodies which had been cut in half at the waist. Legs and arms, and heads bearing only necks, lay fifty feet from the closest torsos. As night fell the beachhead reeked with the stench of burning flesh.
How long, O Lord, how long?