Vol. 2 No. 30 ……. Cover: The Infantry Had a Weird, Mad Night on Makin. See Pages 2, 3 and 4. Photo By Sgt. John Bushemi ……. Articles Inside: …
The “Fighting 69th” at Makin – The Marines and the 165th Infantry have made good their bloody landings on Tarawa and Makin, two islands in the Gilbert group, and the 6th Army is pushing up through New Britain toward Rabaul and, ultimately, Truk. Vast stretches of the Pacific separate these two actions but both have been undertaken with a single purpose — drawing tighter the noose which will some day strangle the Jap. By Cpl. Larry McManus and Photos by Sgt. John Bushemi
First Mission – St. Nazaire was one man’s first mission. But the men who made the “first” over Bremen or Kiel or Paris will recognize the symptoms-and as the thousands of airmen crowd “this gigantic aircraft carrier, called Britain,” preparing to make their first mission in the final assault on Nazi Europe, something like this will lie in front of them as they trudge down to the briefing room. By Sgt. Saul Levitt
Foxhole University – The Army is Running the World’s Biggest Correspondence College with GI Students on All Fronts. By Cpl. Richard Paul
Yanks at Home in the ETO
The 700 Year History of War Rockets – Away back in 1232, the Chinese introduced the first war rocket ever used in battle. Today, the news is flooded with fantastic stories of secret rocket weapons being used again in the final phases of World War II. YANK sent one of its correspondents out to get the lowdown on this much discussed development of “modern” warfare—and this is what he found. By Pvt. Jack Coggins
Variety Show – Produced by the Cameras of the World
YANK Pin-up Girl: Lois Collier
News From Home
The Sad Sack “Missing Clothes” by Sgt. George Baker
When Are We Going Home?
The Off Season is On Again
Sports: Man-of-the-Year Stagg Set Out to Be a Minister. By Sgt. Dan Polier
Sports Service Record
A Week of War – There wasn’t any bigger news than the collapse of the German armies before the irresistible drive of the Russians across the Polish border. Here, as elsewhere during the week, the German High Command had been tricked, outfought and soundly trounced.
What do you think of the Italian people? – Sgt. George Aarons, YANK photographers, asked the question of five representative GIs in Italy and got these answers.