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Winter Speaker Event - “The Well-Equipped Doughboy”: 
The Life of a World War I Soldier
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7:15 pm.
Township of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 
163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755
At 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 in the auditorium of the Board of Education Building, 163 Monmouth Rd., Oakhurst, military-history scholar Arthur Green carries the Museum’s current focus on World War I* to the level of the individual soldier—what he wore, what he carried, and why. Using artifacts from his impressive private collection, he puts the American Doughboy’s uniform and equipment in its historic context and gives us an insightful look at the life of the American G.I. in this bloody and senseless conflict.

“Our involvement was relatively small in terms of numbers compared with the other combatants,” he reminds us, “but it was decisive.” The Allied troops, decimated and discouraged after more than three years of trench warfare, welcomed arriving American forces with relief. The Americans were fresh, determined, and well-equipped. Arthur describes just how well equipped.

Just a few years earlier, the U.S., in response to lessons learned in the Spanish-American War, overhauled how it outfits the military. Olive drab became the standard. Cotton webbing replaced leather. For the first time, uniforms came in summer and winter versions. As Arthur puts it, “The Army got a face lift.”

Please join us for “The Well-equipped Doughboy.”

The speaker event is open to the public, free of charge. Donations are appreciated. Refreshments are served. (We collect and welcome non-perishable items for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.)

* See “New Jersey and The Great War: Local Stories of WWI” at the Eden Woolley House, the micro-exhibit at the Library, and WWI film series at the Library through June.