Profile of an American Soldier
• American soldiers of WWI were mainly men around the age of 30 and averaged a height of 5'7". Because the men were around this age, many had families that they had to leave behind when they went to war.
• The American doughboy was a member of the American infantry. They were often called doughboys because they were being viewed by cavalrymen who were, quite literally, above them and before the war doughboy was somewhat of a derogatory term.
• The home front was a change in roles of women, jobs, rationing, and daily lives of people of each nation.
• This included celebrations in the streets when men rushed to the jobs and 100,000 volunteers were asked for by the gov't to go to war and instead they got 7 times the amount.
• War meant supplies, which meant they needed more people for factory jobs, so women had a greater chance of jobs in industry.
• War lead to inflation which caused poor families to suffer greatly because of the higher prices.
• The battle of Verund was fought from February 21st to December 18th, 1916 in the city of Verdun, France
• This battle was fought between France and the German Empire over the 20 large forts and 40 smaller forts that lined the eastern border of France.
• This battle was a major event due to the major historic value of the land for the French. If the French would've lost the land it would've been humiliating for them and would have changed the course of the war.
• Soldiers explained this battle as a bloody, bullet flying, "Meat Grinder" due to the digging of their own trenches and what they had explained as "The Walking Dead".