YANK! gets it title from Yank Magazine, which grew to become the most
widely read and most popular magazine in the history of the U.S. Army.
By the end of World War II, twenty-three various editions of Yank Magazine
had been published. At the height of the magazine's operations, there
were printing presses in Honolulu, Cairo, Tokyo, Okinawa, Rome, Trinidad,
Saipan and other places, and the weekly achieved a worldwide circulation
of 2,600,000. It is thought to have been read by ten million. The magazine,
which was staffed entirely by enlisted soldiers, printed its last issue
in December 1945, realizing for the War Department a profit of $1,000,000.
For more information about Yank Magazine, check out:
- GAY AND STRAIGHT AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
explores the lives of soldiers: the camaradarie, the tension, the loneliness,
and the love. Here are some sources that inspired us. Check out:
- Coming Out Under Fire
A book that caused so many to rediscover the stories of gay and lesbian
servicememebers... and helped inspire YANK! We were thrilled its author,
Allan Berubé, who passed away this year, was able to come see the show
during its run at NYMF.
- The Good War
Perhaps the best “people’s history” of WW2, This great site has interviews
between author Studs Terkel and US veterans.
- Men of WWII: Fighting Men at Ease
This book of Army photos taken during WWII but never before published
(along with its companion volume about men in the Navy, now sadly out
of print) is an eye opening look at images of camaraderie. While almost
certainly not gay per se, the easy physical intimacy and open affection
these men display towards each other are a reminder that ideas of masculinity
have changed greatly over the last 70 years.
- The Struggle Continues
Unfortunately the issue of integrating gay men and women into the
Armed Forces is still with us. Check out the status of the ongoing
struggle at the website for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
YANK! is a love song to both the lyricism of 1940s Broadway musicals,
and also the movies turned out by Hollywood during the war -- the platoon
"It takes one of every kind" movies as well as the musicals. Here are
some of our favorites:
- Platoon Movies
- War Musicals
- Composers, Lyricists, and Shows that informed the writing of YANK!