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WHENCE THE NAME DOUGHBOY?

No One Knows for Sure, But American Servicemen Soon Carry the Moniker Proudly Special to The Great War Project (6 August) More and more American troops, known as Doughboys, are arriving in France. One question on many minds, how did the American troops come to be known by the nickname Doughboy? “It is far from…

DROWNING IN MUD

Fighting and Dying in The Low Countries. Seeking a Breakthrough Where None Exists. Special to The Great War Project. (31 July) Passchendaele. A tiny village in Belgium. Soon to be the site of a new British offensive a century ago. This in and of itself does not distinguish the clashes there from so many other…

GAS! GAS! QUICK BOYS!

Germans Fire A Million Gas Shells. Mustard the Poison Gas of Choice. As Near to Hell on This Earth. Special to The Great War Project. (23 July) From mid-July a century ago, the German use of powerful mustard gas is becoming a major component of the German war machine.. “German mustard gas attacks,” writes historian…

ALLIED WAR EFFORT FOUNDERING

Russian Revolutionaries Call for End to War A New Nation Emerging from the Ashes. Special to The Great War Project (16 July) Outside the Western Front, there are many significant political and military developments a century ago in the first World War – in Russia, and in the Balkans. It is in Russia, writes historian…

WOMEN AT WAR

A British Battalion of Women, in Uniform but Not in Combat. Frees More Men for the Front Lines. Special to The Great War Project. (9 July) Britain brings more women into the war at this moment in World War One when the government agrees to the formation of a Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps. “This was…

REBEL NOW, BOYS!

The Espionage Act Produces a Nation of Snoopers, Trampling on the Bill of Rights Special to The Great War Project. (2 July) Opposition to the draft in the United States is widespread and sometimes turns violent. “On the plains of Oklahoma,” writes historian Michael Kazin, “a band of tenant farmers sets out to fight the…

WHERE ARE THE AMERICANS?

First American Contingent Arrives in France Virtually Untrained; Who Will Command Them? Pershing Says He Will Special to The Great War Project. (18 June) At this moment in the war a century ago, the first significant contingent of American troops — some 14,000 – reaches France. Their crossing the Atlantic was largely uneventful, according to…