Horrible Histories: Woeful Second World War by Terry Deary. If you ever hear old folk moaning on about the world today, just remind them how woeful things were in the Second World War. Readers can discover why the blitzed Brits ate chicken-fruit, sinkers and nutty, what really happened in Dad’s Army and how to make a rude noise with a gas mask. With a bold, accessible new look. 2013 edition by Scholastic Ltd, 239 pages, Paperback.