I dont think Oradour is trying to be offensive, the term Doughboy isnt meant to be offensive? The soldiers refered to themselfs like that. Its just like how they used the word GI in World War 2
And some theories on how it started Origins of "Doughboy"
Hi Marty, not sure what you mean here? But there is nothing offensive about the term Doughboy for a WW1 US soldier.
WW1 history lesson :- Tommy = British Soldier, Fritz = German Soldier, Poilu (meaning "Hairy One" !) = French Soldier, Doughboy = American Soldier, Digger = Australian Soldier, and no doubt others can add to the list, these nomanclature are affectionate period nicknames, and when spoken by me are uttered in great reverance and with great humility, so please, enlighten me, as to your gripe. Prost ! Steve.
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
Steve, you havent committed an atrocity of the English language , i would assume that there has been a "lost in translation" hiccup and as for us "limeys", well weve lived with that one since the spanish armada or even before, so come on CH, there was no offence intended nor inferred, its now in your hands to see the light and take it as meant, a historical reference to an actual but fond name given to US soldiers and armed forces
It was one of the proudest moments of my life to be called Digger for the first time!! During recuit training at 1 Recruit Traninig Battalion in the the early 90's we hadnt earned the right to be called Digger till our final march out parade, If the CO didnt think the parade was up to standard, he wouldn't end his speech with the words "Digger, welcome to the Australian Army" and we would have to fo it again till he was happy. So on the march out, all we wanted to here at the end of his speech were those words! Lucky we bunged it on and at the end of his speech he paused for a good few minutes while we anxiously waited to here those vital words!!!