Army & Navy - MORALE: Yank Pranks

Yank will be edited "solely and exclusively for us in the ranks and for nobody else." So announced the staff of the Army's weekly tabloid 66 issues ago. But somebody had different ideas.

Keeping pictures and text breezy and informal entertainment was a running battle for Yank's editor, Major Hartzell Spence, onetime U.P. executive. The staff, all enlisted men, printed what they thought subscribers wanted, but Washington brass hats had their own ideas of what soldiers should read. When Yank's Australian edition criticized Hollywoody cigaret advertising (TIME, Aug. 30), Spence fought off complaints. Despite pressure from higher up,...

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