Recently I found 12 Yank Magazines (The Army Weekly) in an antique mall. The price was reasonable and I purchased all twelve having not seen a single issue in any antique mall in all of our stops over the years. (Most antique malls seem to cater to girlie stuff which says something about who spends the most money in antique shops!)
The issues are as follows:
March 3rd, 1944, No Edition listed, Cover photo A Nurse Digs South of Rome (addressed to NCCS-USO, 170 W. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek, MI)
Oct. 8th, 1944, Continental Edition, Cover photo, Along Hell’s Highway
July 16th, 1944 British Edition, Cover photo This was a Jerry Gun Emplacement
Feb. 25th, 1945 Continental Edition Cover Monte Cassino Abbey
March 25th, 1945 Continental Edition Cover-drawing of a GI smoking
June 3rd, 1945 Continental Edition Cover drawing of 3 GI’s advancing
May 27th, 1945, Continental Edition Cover photo Omaha Beach Today
June 10th, 1945 Continental Edition Cover photo Flame-throwing tank on Okinawa
August 5th, 1945 Continental Edition Cover photo Russo-American Relations
Sept. 9th, 1945 Continental Edition Cover photo of an easy chair draped with civilian clothes
Nov. 4th. 1945 Continental Edition Cover photo Silver Hunter Manila Bay
Victory Edition, 1945 Continental Edition Cover art, two GI’s standing over the grave of a fallen comrade
Yank Magazine was written by enlisted men for enlisted men. It was published from June, 1942 through December, 1945. This link to Wiki gives more details.
Suffice it to say Yank had a bit of everything for the enlisted man. There were combat reports from both theaters of operation as well as “puff” pieces that dealt with entertainment for the GIs. There was a mail call section where GIs could sound off about just about anything (and do) and a sports section. Each issue also had the ever popular pin-up. In short, Yank was a type of guy’s magazine designed to keep the men in uniform connected, informed and entertained. It was hugely successful.
In paging through my copies I found it interesting to see what was reported, how it was reported and how accurate the reports were if I can tell looking back over 70 years. My plan is to list each issue and it’s features on this blog individually while making commentary and observations. These magazines are time capsules and I feel like an archaeologist who just got lucky finding them!