Postcards and a doughnut cutter from the Argonne Forest: One example of the Salvation Army War Service. "Doughnut girls" soon became the nickname for the women of The Salvation Army who served on the front lines during the Great War in small canteens.
Not only food was served to the soldiers as they prepared and distributed doughnuts under the most difficult of circumstances. It was rather a bit of homey feeling which meant so much. There are many photos which witness to the service in the face of danger which women of The Salvation Army gave in preparation and distribution of doughnuts. During World War One several posters were produced to request funds for the support of The Salvation Army effort on the front lines.
Doughnut Girls in the Argonne Forest
The Doughnut Line - in the Argonne
A postcard shows how soldiers lined up in a row in front of The Salvation Army tent, others show the Salvation Army workers themselves. These postcards are from "Argonne" where the bullet casing was used for the preparation of the doughnuts.
Here is a remodelled bullet casing remade for the purpose of forming doughnuts.
On the exterior of this remodelled bullet casing is the inscription "Sheldon, Argonne Forest, Sept. 1918".
Doughnuts are a pastry which a person might eat to tea or coffee. Often in the difficult service in war a good amount of fantasy and flexibility were needed in order to produce these doughnuts.