Pete Townshend just released his memoir Who Am I, which I will have to read. Roland Kelt's blog in the New Yorker delves into Townshend's view of the world which is greatly formed by World War II. Growing up in post wartime influenced his art. Roland had interviewed Townsend many times and each time, the conversation turned to the war. Roland compares The Who's music to combat. Roland speaks of the combat on stage (windmills, breaking guitars). I only came to appreciate The Who after seeing the movie The Kids Are Alright. I never realized how intense Pete's music is.
Here is the article: Pete Townshend's War.