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