astonishes a caricatured trooper as they share air space for this Christmas 1945 issue of YANK, a weekly magazine produced by the U.S. Army.
The presence of thousands of 82nd and 101st Airborne Division paratroopers had an enormous impact on the English populace and undoubtedly the impending holiday spirit Their preferred mode of transportation undoubtedly gave the artist an idea for Santa to arrive differently that year.
According to the John Hay Library, "Yank was the most widely read and most popular magazine in the history of the army and by the end of the war, twenty-three editions had been published. At the height of Yank'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 weekly 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."