|Where Did the Doughboys Board? Where Did They Land? (Pictures of The World War, 1920)|
A black and white map indicating the Atlantic ports up and down North America where the A.E.F. boarded troop ships, their trans-Atlantic routes and their French and British points of arrival. The map is also accompanied by a few facts concerning this remarkable trip across U-boat infested waters.
Click here to read an article about the only Doughboy to become a U.S. President.
When the Doughboys complained, they complained heavily about their uniforms; read about it here.
Where Were the Doughboys From? (U.S. Gov. 1931)
This page contains a chart clearly stating the number of men who served in the U.S. Army during World War One, the number of men provided by each state and what percentage of the entire army originated from these states.
*Doughboys from New York numbered 367,864 and made up 9.7% of the U.S. Army.
*Doughboys from Pennsylvania numbered 297,891 and made up 7.93% percent.
*While the men of California made up 2.98% of the army, clocking in at 112,514.
Click here to read about the shipments of chewing gum that were sent to the American Army of W.W. I.
The U.S. Army Divisions and Their States of Origin (U.S. Government Archive, 1931)
The attached file is composed of two informative paragraphs and a table listing the 42 American Army divisions, the states from which they were pooled and the locations of their respective training camps:
The Doughboys were "trained in the division, which was our typical combat unit. In the American Army it was composed of about 1,000 officers and 27,000 men. Training and sorting organizations of about 10,000 men, known as depot brigades, were also utilized, but as far as possible, the new recruits were put almost immediately into the divisions which were the organizations in which they would go into action."
Click here to read about the efforts that were made to get free cigarettes to the Doughboys...
A Study of World War I American Army Officers (U.S. Government Archive, 1931)
The attached pie chart will give you an understanding as to the history of the U.S. Army officer corps that served throughout the First World War. Drawn in 1931 and based upon the data collected by the Department of War, this study outlines the history of Army leadership between April of 1917 through November of 1918.
"There were 200,000 Army officers. Of every six officers, one had previous military training with troops, three were graduates of officer training camps and two came directly from civilian life."
•21% were doctors.
•1% were chaplains.
•6% were from the National Guard.
Click here to read a 1917 article about the U.S. Army officer training camp at Plattsburg, New York.
Training the Average Doughboy (U.S. Gov. 1931)
Two remarkably brief paragraphs concerning the required military training of the average American Doughboy throughout the course of America's blessedly short participation in the First World War:
"The average American soldier who went to France received six months of training in this country before he sailed. After he landed overseas he had two months of training before entering the battle line. The part of the battle line that he entered was in a quiet sector and here he remained one month before going into an active sector and taking part in hard fighting."
Click here to read a 1918 magazine article about the Doughboy training camps.