Yank, the Army Weekly

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Yank, The Army Weekly, April 13, 1945, Cover art of Rifle Company Medic
Jane Randolph for the debut June 17, 1942 issue.
January 2015 cover photo of 1/1 AD YANK magazine. Three infantrymen with Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, recreate the original YANK cover photo from March 30, 1945.

Yank, the Army Weekly was a weekly magazine published by the United States military during World War II.


The idea for the magazine came from Egbert White, who had worked on the newspaper Stars and Stripes during World War I. He proposed the idea to the Army in early 1942, and accepted a commission as lieutenant colonel. White was the overall commander, Major Franklin S. Forsberg was the business manager and Major Hartzell Spence was the first editor.[1] White was removed from the Yank staff because of disagreements about articles which had appeared.[2] Soon afterward, Spence was also assigned to other duties and Joe McCarthy became the editor.[3]

The first issue was published with the cover date of June 17 1942.[4] The magazine was written by enlisted rank (EM) soldiers with a few officers as managers, and initially was made available only to the US Army overseas.[5] By the fifth issue of July 15 1942, it was made available to serving members within the US, however it was never made available on the newsstands for public purchase.[6] YANK's circulation exceeded 2.5 million in 41 countries with 21 editions.[7] The last issue was published on December 28 1945.[8] Joe McCarthy remained the editor of Yank until the official closure of the office on New Year's Eve 1945.[9]

In 2014, the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas, revived Yank as the official publication for the brigade. Each cover of the 1/1 Yank features Soldiers from the brigade recreating a cover photo from the original Yank magazine.[10]

Artists and photographers[edit]

Sketch artists such as Robert Greenhalgh,[11] Victor Kalin and Howard Brodie worked on the magazine, which also featured the "G.I. Joe" cartoons by Dave Breger and the Sad Sack cartoons by Sgt. George Baker. The cartoons of Bil Keane of Family Circus were featured in "Yank," and artist and author Jack Coggins spent over two years with the publication, first in New York, then in London, producing illustrations and articles in more than 24 issues.[12] John Bushemi was a photographer, who photographed the Pacific War and provided covers for Yank.[13]


  1. ^ McGurn, Barrett (2004). Yank the Army Weekly: Reporting the Greatest Generation. Fulcrum Publishing. ISBN 1-55591-296-6. page 65
  2. ^ White, Egbert. "A Free Press in a Citizen's Army". Journal of Educational Sociology. 19 (4): 236–248. JSTOR 2263264.
  3. ^ McGurn p 87-89
  4. ^ McGurn p 79
  5. ^ McGurn p 70
  6. ^ McGurn p 83
  7. ^ McGurn p 250
  8. ^ McGurn p 250
  9. ^ McGurn p 249
  10. ^ "1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division". Defense Imagery and Video Distribution System. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  11. ^ "They Drew Fire - Robert Greenhalgh". pbs.org.
  12. ^ "Jack Coggins - Yank Magazine Illustrations & Articles". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  13. ^ "Operations Against the Japanese on Arundel and Sagekarsa Islands". World Digital Library. 1943. Retrieved 2013-06-02.

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