Friday, November 17, 2006

Jungle Mop Up on New Georgia 5

Some wounded are evacuated. Sgt D.S. Jackson (left) killed five Japs before he was hit. Sgt. E.B. Lovett's helmet was creased by a bullet.

YANK 28 Nov 1943

The photographs in the previous five frames were taken by Sgt. John Bushemi who was later killed in the performance of his duty as a YANK photographer.

Jungle Mop Up on New Georgia 4

A light machine gunner peers through the sun-flecked jungle, trying to locate a target, but the Japs, only some 50 yards away, are quiet.

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Jungle Mop Up on New Georgia 3

Two infantrymen, Cpl. Lewis Niovich of Seanor, Pa., and S/Sgt. Anthony Cavallero of Woodbridge, N.J., lie behind a log awaiting developments.

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Jungle Mop Up on New Georgia 2

Two gunners get their light machine gun into place behind a fallen tree and wait to open up at the first sign of Japs in front of them.

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Jungle Mop Up on New Georgia 1

Men who call themselves "seagoing engineers" pilot small flat-bottomed boats through the island channels, carrying men and supplies.

YANK 28 Nov 1943

Yanks for Sale

Pfc. Oscar Spielberg, who used to pedal "Duh Joinal" in the Bronx, not peddles "Stars and Stripes" and "Yank" at an 8th Air Force Fighter Station in the ETO.

YANK 28 Nov 1943

Interesting we think of something quite different when we combine the words Oscar and Spielberg today.

One less Maru

The "Sukiyaki Maru" meets a bomb socially in Wewak harbor. Another tem minutes and she will meet the bottom, making that tender beside her feel very foolish.

YANK 28 Nov 1943

Jeep Bus

22-passenger Jeep (or did we miss one?) makes a handy portable classroom for a batch of English schoolboys out to learn how the Yanks do things.

YANK 28 Nov 1943

The Marauders

The drawing is by Sgt. John Scott for an article in YANK titled The Marauders.

YANK 28 Nov 1943

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Round One-Africa

Round One. Original sketch by Cpl Fred Ray AAF.

This image depicts the early victories in Africa in 1942 with a very long way to go.

YANK 29 Nov 1942


The Sad Sack by Sgt. George Baker

YANK 29 Nov 1942

On Their Way

Troops of a U. S. Army task force check their equipment en route from New Caledonia to the Solomans.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Stockings, War Style

Art. This gallery of shapely gams is being played over with a paint-spray gun to create the illusion of stockings. No more runs for the duration for this war-wise octet of Hollywood chorus cuties.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Jungle Pup Tents

U.S. soldiers in the Caribbean area peg down their shelter halves. Wet heat and armies of bugs make sleeping tough, but they go through it, to keep that frontier safe.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Monday, November 13, 2006

Saturday Evening Post 6 Nov 1943

Front Line Chow

A Marine eats a speedy meal on Guadalcanal. Sitting on top of a trench, he can't afford to linger over lunch.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Cat Nap

With one hand ready to grab his pistol belt and holster, Maj. Gen. Ralph Royce takes a short rest on an operational flight somewhere over the South Seas area. War in the Pacific means constant readiness. Generals can't afford to sleep long.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Feminine Touch

In a six-week maintenance course at the Ordance Automotive School, Camp Holabird, Md., WAACs are taught, among other things, to drive vehicles under what must be considered unpleasant conditions. Here, Lt. Jessie Hogan does quite all right at the wheel of a heavy-weapon carrier.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Claire Luce Decorated

Decorated. Actress Claire Luce returns to America from England, loaded with insignia from soldiers she'd been entertaining.

Claire made about 12 movies from 1930 to 1955. She was about 39 when this picture was taken. She passed away in New York in 1989.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Gunners in Australia

In Australia, two master sergeants, Charles Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif., and Roland Boone, Hemet, Calif., man the machine guns of a Flying Fortress.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Yanks In Africa

By nature friendly guys, the Americans lose no time making friends. Here they chat, in who knows what language, to a trio of Arabs.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Yanks En Route

Yanks en route to Africa, an Army band plays to the troops as they stand on the decks of a British transport.

YANK 29 Nov 1942

Friday, November 10, 2006

Read the Entire Issue of Yank 3 Nov 1944

Inside the Siegfried Line by Sgt. Mack Morriss--Page 3
Home Towns in Wartime-San Francisco by Cpl. Angus Corley--Page 6
Raid on Yochow by Sgt. Louis Stoumen--Page 8
Cameras Are Not Enough by Sgt Larry McManus--Page 10
Waiting War in Panama by Sgt. John Hay--Page 11
Mail Call--Page 14
Braidwood Commits Harry Carey by Cpl. Tom Shehan--Page 16
Camp News--Page 18
Entertainment World--Page 21
PX--Page 22
Sports--Page 23
Cartoons--Page 24

Read the entire 3 Nov 1944 issue: HERE

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Jane Nigh

Jane Nigh was a Hollywood actress who was discovered in a defense plant during WWII. She played roles for Fox Studios as a redheaded sweetheart or as a spicy lady. She acted from 1944 until 1961. Her birth name was Bonnie Lenora Nigh. She died in Kern County California in 1993 of a stroke. She was about 19 when this picture was taken.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Aren't They All

Cartoon by Pvt. Johnny Bryson

YANK 3 Nov 1944

AAF Training Losses

In activities in the continental U. S. since Pearl Harbor, the AAF has lost 17,500 planes, an average of one plane for 4,342 hours of flight. The total includes 11,000 planes lost in wrecks, 2,500 others still useful in ground training and 4,000 worn out by training and transport flying. It has had 5,600 fatal flying accidents and about 11,000 fatalities, representing a training mortality rate of 2 percent. Since Pearl Harbor the AAF has trained and graduated 163,147 pilots (including 5,122 glider pilots). 31,293 bombardiers and 31,906 navigators.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Ice on the Wings

Cartoon by Sgt. Al Kaelin

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Little Gem Pack-Pusher

Cartoon by T-5 Charles Lucksinger of ASFTC, Jackson, Miss.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Mexican Airmen Study Radio at Scott

Men of a Mexican fighter squadron get radio pointers from 1st Lt. Franklin A. Hopkins of Scott Field.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Mechanized War

The Sad Sack by Sgt. George Baker

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Seven Feet Three Inches

A British correspondent questions a 7' 3" Nazi. Too bad NBA.

YANK 3 Nov 1944


Moving up on Germany, soldiers rest in the hollow of a grainfield in France and some catch up on their mail.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Cameras Are Not Enough

An Air Forces photographer acts as infantryman, medic and aerial gunner in getting his pictures of the fighting in the Pacific. Sgt. Henry B. Krush.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

B-24 Crew

Returning from a bombing mission, the China Clipper still had one hour's flying time to go when the gas gauges read "empty." Clipper Crew. Front row, L to R: S/Sgt Winston Siebert, S/Sgt Robert Sanschagain, T/Sgt Arsenio Stabile, S/Sgt William Croner, S/Sgt Walter Salzmann, in the rear: T/Sgt Charles Barber, Lt. Frank Ciesla Jr., Lt. Robert Nolan, Lt. Charles Melville and Lt. John Charleton.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Howard Brodie Sketch

This nice Howard Brodie sketch is in a article about Home Towns in Wartime. It shows GIs in San Francisco.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Dragon's Teeth

GI's pass unopposed through Siegfried dragon's teeth.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Moselle River Crossing

The weather ws like Indian summer back home. Troops could ford the Moselle River at some points.

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Nazi Pillbox

The mouth of a Nazi pillbox gapes like an empty cave opening. Two of it's late occupants sprawl dead before it.

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3 Nov 1944

During a pause in the advance toward Berlin, Pfc. Edward L. Schronce of Belmont, N.C. cleans up at a hydrant in Villedieu, France. Schronce is a member of an antitank unit.

YANK 3 Nov 1944

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Happy Halloween

Saturday Evening Post Cover 31 Oct 1942
Artist Charles Kaiser

Friday, October 27, 2006

Thursday, October 26, 2006

YANK for your walls

This is a photographic presentation we created for a relative of a GI's story in YANK magazine. This image mounts into a 16x20 frame. The cover shot is to the exact size of the original YANK cover.

Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin
YANK Pin Up Girl 21 Jan 1945 Continental Edition

Deanna was once one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. By age 14 she was the most highly paid female star in the world. She had a wonderful singing voice. When she was at the top of her career as Hollywood's leading actress and singer, she turned her back on that world for a life of seclusion. At this writing she is still alive and living in France. She has not been interviewed since 1949. She was about 23 or 24 in the above picture.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

21 Jan 1945 Continental Edition

After the Fourth Armored Division broke through to the Bastogne pocket, many German prosoners were taken. Here Pvt. Frank Kelly an MP of the Fourth, leads a group of PWs to the rear as U.S. halftracks move forward.

YANK 21 Jan 1945 Continental Edition

Read the entire issue: HERE


Sights like these were common during the now historic siege of Bastogne. Here three men of the 101st Airborne Division guard an outpost.

YANK 21 Jan 1945

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

1942 Poster

"Charm" The Sad Sack


The bridge above Salerno was still under fire ten days after the Allied landings. It was only harassing fire, which one dodged as one dodges traffic, yet it threatened to sever communications between the north and south forces. For days strong British patrols probed the hills behind Salerno, searching for the one 88-mm. gun which spasmodically threw its shells at the vital span linking the coastal highway. Back at headquarters a little Italian girl came in, escorted by an AMG official. " Her name's Alma," the official said. " She can tell you where that battery's located."
Alma began to speak excitedly in Italian, with gestures. A staff officer laid a large-scale map in front of her and asked her to point out the position. But Alma didn't understand the map. The staff officer explained to the AMG official that the girl's information was of no value as far as counter-firing went. Alma, when informed, offered to lead them to a hill overlooking the position. The staff officer protested that it would mean danger for her, but Alma wasn't afraid.
Not long afterward the staff officer, an artillery observer and a patrol led by a little Italian girl were climbing into the hills. A field telephone was passed to the artillery officer, who gave the command to fire. The first round was short and almost blew the men and Alma off the hill. The next two were almost on the target. They watched intently as the German crew struggled to get their 88 out of the cavern at whose mouth it had been concealed. The fourth round was a direct hit.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Soft Pinch

If only all MPs were like Republic's movie starlet Helen Talbot. If only all MPs were line Helen Talbot. If only all MPs were like Helen Talbot.

Helen was a Hollywood actress from Kansas who was credited with making at least 18 movies from 1943 to 1946. She left Hollywood behind when she married an ex navy pilot in 1946. She was about 20 when this picture was taken.

YANK 27 Oct 1944

Mess Trench

To protect themselves from strafing by the Luftwaffe, Ninth Air Force GIs in France get their chow served from a tent-covered underground kitchen and form their chow line in a trench.

YANK 27 Oct 1944

Persian Posters

Railroading GIs bunking at Camp Atterbury, Iran, have this homey baseball scoreboard. PX gripes get taken for a ride in the cigarette and razor-blade ads.

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Three times 1st Sgt. Thomas E. Valentine refused to go to OCS. He feared he'd be shifted from the 27th Division, New York's Fighting Irish. His obstinacy paid off and, in the hospital with wounds received fighting at Saipan, he got a direct commission as a second lieutenant with his beloved 27th.

YANK 27 Oct 1944

Fisherman in France

Sgt. "Hooks" Hill, a Fort Worth (Tex.) boy came to France on a tour conducted by the 3d infantry Division, pauses to drop a line in the Doube River near Avanne for old times' sake.

YANK 27 Oct 1944