1944 Cover YANK Russell Smith La Haye Du Putis France World War II Soldier YYA1


Please note that this is a cover only.

This is an original September 1st, 1944 two-color cover for Yank: The Army Weekly Magazine featuring Private First Class Russell Smith of Monona, Iowa, enjoying a K ration in his foxhole near La Haye du Puits, also known as Hooey La Pooey, France. The top hat and cigar were collected in an abandoned German dugout.


This 69+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. Moderate aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Cover; Two-Color
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 14 inches; 26 x 36 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is thrilled to release this new collection of YANK: The Army Weekly Magazine which includes covers, pinups, and maps from 1943-1944. This collection offers a unique look at the life of an average American GI on the front lines of World War II, from New Guinea to Monte Casino, as well as some of the things that kept them ticking, including numerous attractive pinup girls. Many a soldier probably dreamed of getting mail from one of these beauties! This collection is sure to fascinate anyone interested in the world's most devastating conflict, and the people who participated in it.

Photography by Sergeant Reg Kenny.