Friday, May 25, 2012

Running Away

These are Germans evacuating Rome. Before any Allied troops entered the capital city, and Italian took these pictures of the withdrawing Germans from the upper story window of the house were he had concealed himself. Later he gave them to YANKs Sgt. George Aarons, who reached Rome with the first Allied patrols.


These German paratroopers are young and have not fought long. Now they are prisoners, captured after fierce action outside Velletri, below Rome.

YANK 7 July 1944

Ride of His Life

German sniper has grandstand seat in a jeep procession in France. Vehicle mounts two machine guns, one .50 caliber and one. 30 light.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Rangers Climb into Hell

Rangers climbed up this rope ladder to surprise and silence a Jerry gun crew at the cliff's top. 
Part of D-Day operations.

YANK 7 July 1944

Cover 7 July 1944

When in Rome, hold a Roman baby and be popular with the populace, says Pvt. Ben Pollack who was among the first American soldiers to enter the former Axis capital.  YANK's Sgt. George Aarons photographed Pvt. Pollack standing on a motorcycle surrounded by a happy, well-dressed crowd.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Pvt. James O'Banner of Memphis Tennessee, first Negro infantryman to kill a Jap, notches his carbine. He scored the kill on a patrol at Bougainville where the 93rd division saw its first action.
Photo by Sgt. Dillon Ferris