The churning craft on the cover are amphibious tractors, sometimes called “alligators.” The alligator, armed with machine guns, is designed to carry small loads of troops through the water to an enemy beach and, if possible, to carry them through the beach defenses. Together with approximately 1,100 warships, 37,000 naval aircraft and 48,000 landing boats, the alligator has made possible the U.S. formula of amphibious attack.
Aug. 21, 1944
This week’s photo essay is by Alfred Eisenstaedt of European refugees arriving in America.
The featured movie is “Janie,” featuring Joyce Reynolds, who you may remember was supposedly up for a part in “Mildred Pierce.”
Other articles include a profile of vice presidential candidate Harry Truman; John Foster Dulles, likely to be secretary of State under the Republican administration of Thomas E. Dewey (oops); the ruins of St. Lo, destroyed in heavy fighting; preparations for the liberation of Paris; and George Ray Tweed, a U.S. Navy radioman who eluded the Japanese on Guam for 31 months.
Near-sighted V. Zobotin fills out customs declaration. One elderly Jew got out his prayer shawl, knelt down in midst of all the luggage to give thanks.