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Enola Gay’s Bombing of Hiroshima From YANK Magazine Atomic Bomb Away By Robert Schwartz Y2c Yank Staff Correspondent GUAM, THE MARIANAS—It was 0245 when the colonel eased forward on the throttle. The B-29 with Enola Gay […]

B29 Raiders Put to Death; Fate in Store of All, Japanese Say From July 1945 Edition of Stars and Stripes New York, July 16—Word that several U.S. fliers who bailed out over Japan in the first Super-Fortress raid […]

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Pullam’s Pillbox-From YANK Magazine

Posted on May 19th, 2016 by:

Pullam’s Pillbox-From YANK Magazine The troop shelter was concrete, reinforced and four feet thick. The GI who blew it open picked up an unexpected decoration. By Sgt. Earl Anderson YANK Staff Correspondent WITH THE 102ND DIVISION […]

Ernie Pyle Comes Home From the Wars By Charles F. Kiley Stars and Stripes U.S. Bureau NEW YORK, Sept. 24.—Like any man in uniform who has been in the war business for 2 ½ years, Ernie […]

101st is First to Get Award of President By Jules B. Grad Stars and Stripes Staff Writer 101ST AIRBORNE DIV. Mar. 15—There’s a hallowed place in the United Nations’ hall of fame today for the “Battered […]

Frances Slanger – 1st ETO Nurse Killed in Action From Stars and Stripes By Arthur W. White Stars and Stripes Staff Writer. Just over a month ago, Frances Slanger, a nurse in a U.S. Army Field […]

Wartime Rationing: Eating like there’s a War on By Jonathan Abbott On December 11th 1941,  rubber tires were the first item to be rationed in the United States.  By 1943 almost all consumer goods were rationed […]

Navy Uniform Change Proposal from YANK Magazine In 1945, the Navy considered changing from their classic jumper and bellbottoms to a newer more “modern” uniform. Farewell to Bellbottoms Navy Notes By Donald Nugent Sp(X)3c Yank Navy […]

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Po Valley, the Final Campaign in Italy

Posted on May 4th, 2016 by:

Po Valley, the Final Campaign in Italy The Po Valley was the last barrier for Allied Victory in Italy. After nineteen months of bitter fighting in Italy, the Allies had slugged their way from the beaches […]

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Louis Zamperini Story from YANK MAGAZINE

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by:

Louis Zamperini from YANK MAGAZINE Durable Louis Sports By Sgt. Frank De Blois The full story of Lou Zamperini’s war with Japan probably will never be told. There were parts of it—the 47 days in an […]

Air Gunners – Get that Fighter! WWII Army/Navy Training Guide Air Gunners played an integral role in the defense of American bombers during WWII. During the 1930’s, the Army Air Corps adopted the doctrine of long […]

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Goums in Sicily – From YANK Magazine

Posted on April 29th, 2016 by:

Goums in Sicily-From YANK Magazine Nazis Don’t like Goums By Sgt. Ralph G. Martin YANK field Correspondent WITH U.S. FORCES IN NORTHEASTERN SICILY [By Cable]—“Those Goums don’t fight fair.” An English-speaking German prisoner complained. “They’re crazy.” […]

Zero attack on a B-24 Liberator From YANK Magazine A B-24 looks for trouble and finds plenty of it trying to bomb a Japanese ship in the sea near Rabaul. By Sgt. Dave Richardson YANK Staff […]

Sniper Exterminator in Normandy From YANK Magazine By Sgt. Walter Peters YANK Staff Correspondent NORMANDY-“It’s a beautiful country,” said T/Sgt. Frank Kwiatek, of Philadelphia, heavy weapons platoon leader. “Only trouble is it’s wonderful for snipers. From […]

  Christmas wishes from the 2nd Infantry Division, Second to None: By Jonathan Abbott It seemed like the fighting in Europe was almost finished. The American Army was in Germany. In the east, the Red Army was […]

Basic training instructions of WWII an Illustrated Guide: In WWII, giving basic training to soldiers was a massive and unparalleled undertaking. In 1939, the year Hitler’s Armies invaded Poland, the American military numbered 334,000 Army, Navy […]

Venereal Disease in WWII: The Sad Story of Old Joe In WWII, venereal disease was a common but often unmentioned problem faced by soldiers and military commanders. From 1942-1945, the Army recorded 881,386 cases of syphilis […]

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Rescue at Truk – From YANK Magazine

Posted on April 5th, 2016 by:

Rescue at Truk By Sgt. Larry McManus Yank Staff correspondent Pearl Harbor- A submarine, many people believe, is a sleek, stealthy craft devoted to the science of destruction and manned by pallid sailors who consider a […]

La Haye du Puits, France – The Fighting in the Town: By Sgt. Walter Peters Yank Staff Correspondent The G-2 colonel at corps headquarters told us that La Haye du Puits was successfully occupied this morning, […]

Guide for Guarding POW’s and Prisoners: During WWII, the Allies took millions of POW’s (Prisoners of War) on all fronts. An estimated 40,000-50,000 Japanese POW’s throughout the campaigns in the Pacific and from November 1942 to […]

Fraternization in Germany from YANK Magazine

Posted on March 22nd, 2016 by:

FRATERNIZATION By YANK Staff Correspondents: The recently deceased and little-mourned Non-Fraternization Act probably set off the loudest and most engaging international discussion of sex since Adam discovered Eve had not been placed in the Garden purely […]

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