Yank Magazine – A 1940’s War Chronicle

Yank Magazine, the Army Weekly was first published in June 1942 during World War II, and the last issue was printed in December, 1945.

It proved to be very popular with our soldiers. In fact it was the most widely read magazine in the history of the U.S. military, with 21 different versions being printed in 17 countries with a circulation of over 2- 1/2 million, although it is thought to have been read by over ten million of our young men. The magazine was prepared initially in New York, then localized, published, and distributed weekly.

The magazine was staffed and written entirely by our enlisted men (non-officers), so you’ll find that many of the stories were being written in the field of battle. You will also find exceptional photos throughout each issue. Great historical value. It’s where the cartoon character GI Joe was first  introduced too, but let’s get on to the best part of the story, shall we?

Yank included a pin-up girl in every issue, and often times these were the biggest stars of the day. Gene Tierney (yes!), Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Jane Russell and Lana Turner to name just a few. If you watch the images in the rotation to the top right of this page under “Random Beauty”, you’ll notice pin-up girls from Yank Magazine.

I’m sure there were a lot of soldiers with Yank wallpaper, Yank ceiling paper, and a great big Yank smile, confident in knowing what they were fighting for.

If you would like to read some of the stories reprinted from Yank magazine (easy to read), try Yank Stories.


Comments 5

  1. I have three copys of YANK Aug 25th, Nov 17th and Nov 24th and several copys of FIREPOWER published by army ordinance date 1942. Are these worth anything? 

  2. Yank Magazines are worth anywhere from about $5 to $20 depending on the issue and condition.  They weren't printed to last just to entertain the troops and keep them informed. They were a weekly where the Stars and Stripes (still printed today) was a daily. There is quite a bit of information out there about the magazine during wartime years. Each week I try to publish one of the pinups and her bio on my site.

  3. I just found a stack of these in my attic and it is quite interesting. Surprised to see how they have held up over the years. This house was built in 1943. If there is a collector out there that will pay a fair price for them, I will let them go.

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