Doughboys in World War One
by Brittany George
The Doughboys were the American infantry men in the American
Expeditionary Force. The term "doughboy" came about because the
soldiers wore white belts that they cleaned with pipe clay or dough. Also,
these American soldiers came to love fried flour dumplings and that also
contributed to how they got their names. The term "doughboy" became
known to the U.S.
army by the early 19th century and it was firs applied during the Civil War.
These men were sent to France
and they helped to make the world safe for democracy. The most important thing
the doughboys did was they stopped the Germans from advancing at Cantigny in France.
They also played a major role in throwing back the German attacks at Chateau
Thierry and Belleau Wood. A
battle they helped to win was the Second Battle of the Marne.
The Doughboys also helped to higher the moral of the soldiers during the
toughest times with their high spirits and positive attitudes. Even though the raised
the soldier's moral, they themselves were shocked by the horrors of the
battlefield and they didn't expect the war to be as bad as it actually was.
They were so horrified because most of the soldiers never went far from the
farms and towns they were home to. For this same reason, they were also
amazed by the new weapons that were becoming widely used during World War One
and also with the modern warfare tactics. Despite all of these facts, the
American soldiers did a great job defending their country during World War One.