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Doughboy and Landser on the Western Front 1918

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  2/22/2012

DoughboyJoin Bob Boyd, High Desert Museum curator and local historian extraordinaire, on March 1, 2012 - 6:30 pm at the East Bend Public Library for a closer look at the soldiers who fought on the Western Front of WWI. The presentation is part of Know War, a series of programs offered during the month of March at Deschutes Public Library. The presentation is free and open to the public.

According to Boyd, Doughboy refers to American soldiers who fought as part of the American Expeditionary Forces in WW I. Although the origins of the term are a bit ambiguous, the term dates back to the Mexican–American War of 1846–48. Landser, says Boyd is the equivalent term for the German soldier that fought in WWI.

During his presentation, Boyd will discuss the uniforms, weapons, and other accoutrements of both the German and American soldiers who faced off on the Western Front. Boyd will use the authentic artifacts that he has collected to illustrate his presentation.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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