1941

THE WAR DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES A NEW TROOP-ROTATION POLICY From YANK Magazine For the first time since it started to send soldiers overseas the War Department has announced the adoption of a troop-rotation policy. Definite plans are […]

THREE SOLDIERS GET CAUGHT PLAYING HUMPHREY, FRANCHOT AND VICTOR WHILE ON DUTY By Cpl. C.V. DeVan After five straight days Kelly, Goldstein and Stetson began to get tired of practicing beach landings. So they welcomed the […]

HANK PORTER-DISNEY ARTIST CREATES INSIGNIA FOR U.S. ARMED FORCES By Robert L. Schwartz Y2c BURBANK, CALIF.—Seabees at Camp Hueneme, Calif., recently wrote to Hank Porter of the Walt Disney Studios asking for a sketch of a […]

Italian war crimes and atrocities in Greece during WW2 By Pierre Kosmidis of ww2wrecks.com The Italian occupation of Greece, from 1941 up until 1943, when the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini collapsed and the Italians swiftly […]

Kazys Škirpa-Lithuanian Diplomat; Russian Teacher and War Criminal By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net There are several things that amaze me in the story of this man. Firstly even though I have read a lot about the […]

Relics from the forgotten battlefield: Italians against Germans in Rodos island, September 1943 By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com Photos by Panagiotis Mprokos Following the Italian capitulation in September 1943, the Dodecanese (a word deriving from Greek, meaning […]

The German American Bund – History of the Nazi Party in America By Dirk de Klein of dirkdeklein.net Supposedly 22,000 Nazi supporters attended a German American Bund rally at New York’s Madison Square Garden in February 1939, under […]

THE FORCED INTERNMENT OF CANADIAN JAPANESE DURING WWII The White Man’s War When World War One started, Ryoichi Kobayashi was 23 year years old and a stranger in Canada. The Great War brought out Canada’s strong […]

Mystery solved! The Greek “kamikaze” who rammed an Italian CANT Z.1007 bomber By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com A front-page of the “Daily Mirror” newspaper, dated November 4, 1940, features the story of Greek fighter pilot “Captain Demetriou, […]

Sadaaki Akamatsu, Japan’s “Pappy Boyington” by Henry Sakaida “Akamatsu stunned his superior officers by his conduct. Instead of attending pilot briefings and waiting on the flight line like the other men, he had his own warning […]

FIT FOR COMBAT, UNFIT FOR INSURANCE – LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear YANK: Before I came overseas I passed a physical for a $10,000 life insurance policy. Upon my arrival in the China theater I received […]

FACTS AND FIGURES – THE PRE-ARMY OCCUPATION FACTS OF DOGFACES IN THE WWII CITIZEN ARMY From YANK Magazine Out of every thousand dogfaces, 106 drove trucks or tractors in civilian life, and another 38 were mechanics, chauffeurs […]

Leros Island, 1943: The underwater museum of WW2 aircraft wrecks and shipwrecks By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com The Eastern Aegean was the setting for a series of German air-sea landings, something not normally associated with the Wehrmacht. […]

A YEAST IS WORKING – A SOLDIER TRIES TO FIND OUT WHAT OTHER SOLDIERS ARE THINKING By Sgt. Ray Duncan I asked for “Horrible Harper,” my favorite comic book, but the PX girl gave me Harper’s […]

LUCKY KAMIKAZE PILOTS – THE STORY BEHIND THE FAMOUS PHOTO by Henry Sakaida When I was a high school sophomore in 1968, a military collector gave me a  picture of a group of Army Kamikaze pilots […]

“Fix bayonets!” – 11 am, Tuesday 27 May, 1941: The ANZACs ’ charge at “42nd Street” on Crete By Pierre Kosmidis of WW2Wrecks.com On May 27, 1941 the Battle of Crete was lost for the Allied forces, […]

THE LUFTWAFFE’S NIGHT PRINCES BATTLE THE ROYAL AIR FORCE At the start of World War Two, aerial combat had been around for less than 30 years. In Germany, like in other countries, flying was believed to be glamorous and pilots were […]

MITCHELL VS. NELL – TWO FAMOUS PACIFIC BOMBERS ARE DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT IN DETAIL From the War and Navy Department’s Recognition Journal The two medium bombers shown on these pages are famed for scoring spectacular “firsts.” The […]

PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT MOVES THE NATION’S TREASURES When Germany declared war on the United States on December 8, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt worried about the nations treasures. England had been bombed by the Nazis and bombs […]

GERMAN SUBMACHINE GUN (MP 38 and MP 40) – FROM YANK MAGAZINE Material for this article on enemy weapons was prepared by the War Department’s Military Intelligence Service with the assistance of the Ordnance Intelligence Unit. Although […]

GREECE DEMANDS $260 BILLION IN WAR REPARATIONS FROM GERMANY Greece could take legal action to recover more than $260 billion from Germany for reparations from WWII. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who leads the left-wing Syriza […]


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