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From volume 1, issue #33, dated Jan 30th, 1943
SuppliesLipstick for the Army's he-men is the latest issue announced by the QM. Called "chapstick," it will be used to protect the G.I.'s tender lips for more important — and warmer — things than the weather.... For tropical areas, the Army has adopted khaki-shorts with unusually wide legs to allow maximum freedom of action. They're worn with kneelength OD socks.... Roller skates are now undergoing tests by the War Department to determine if they could be put to practical use on the feet of dogfaces.... 10,000,600 pounds of quick-frozen spinach will be bought by the Army next year. When Pvt. Popeye reaches for a can of this potherb of the goosefoot family (cf, Webster) instead of a hand grenade, things will look even worse for the Axis.
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Yank Archive curator's comments:
Chapstick had been around since the late 19th century, but apparently it was still sufficiently novel to be worth noting. As for the roller skates, I guess that experiment didn't work out.
About newsbites: Each issue of Yank had dozens of short reports on events from the homefront as well as the battlefront. They provide a fascinating glimpse into life during the war.
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