Chelsea Rothstein

                                                                             12-10-04

                                                                             5-6

Doughboy was a handle given to the American expedition force that took part in the later year of world war one. The original term ‘doughboy’ is still debated between U.S. historical and military circles.  The doughboy dates back to at least the American-Mexican war of 1846-1847, when U.S. serviceman returned to Europe in masses during the Second World War.  Now a day instead of being called doughboys he solders are called GI’s. Doughboys were the men America sent to France in the Great War, who conquered Kaiser Bill and fought to make the world safe for democracy. There were many different terms for a doughboy that where going around. Be for the first World War in both Britain and America, albeit with some very different meanings. Horatio Nelson’s sailors and Wellington’s soldiers in Spain were both familiar with fried dumplings called doughboys, The producer of the modern doughboys that both we and the doughboys of World War one came to love. Independently in the former colonies, he term doughboys had come t be applied to baker’s young apprentices, doughboys. This brings many theories as to how the doughboy actually came about, for example The Baked Goods Theory; doughboys were named after the method of cooking the rations for the soldiers. The meals often consisted of doughy flour and rise concoctions either baked in the ashes of a camp fire or shaped around a bayonet and get cooked over the flames.  Another theory is, The Button Theory, this theory states that the U.S. infantrymen wore coats with unique, round brass buttons.  This is said to be true because the buttons look very similar to the doughboy dumplings eaten by the soldiers.  Or it can be said that the dumplings eaten by the soldiers resembled the buttons.  Although, there is still a lack of primary evidence to support the button theory, many still believe that it is correct.  One of the many other theories is the Adobe Theory, where it basically states that, while marching over the dry landscape of the deserts of Northern Mexico the infantry stirred up so much dust that they took on the look of the adobe buildings of the region. So the cavalrymen who rode horses, the artillerists who rode caissons and the quartermasters who rode wagons were all mounted about the worst of the dust could. It is also easy to visualize them collectively indulging in a little disparagement at the expense of their suffering colleagues.  This theory has possible the best “fit” to the facts of the campaign in Mexico as known, yet is has no backing from the historical record.  It appears to be the product strictly of 20th century speculation.  Nevertheless, it is the favorite theory of doughboy.  In a reverse slant to the Adobe theory, the marching infantry pounded their dirt pathways into dough, but that does not quite ring true to anyone who has visited Mexico.  In the northern parts, if it’s not paved, it’s dusty. Thus bringing an end to all the theories of the doughboys and

bringing a new way of thinking too many.

 

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