Slang names for soldiers, from the World Wars, used by enemies and allies alike. But I can’t find the equivalent for the U.S. serviceman, the closest I can find is ‘doughboy’, of uncertain etymology and largely used in the First World War.
Are there any other nicknames American soldiers were/are given by themselves, their allies, their enemies?
Interestingly Wiki says that the original names of the GI Joe figures were ““Rocky” (marine/soldier) “Skip” (sailor) and “Ace” (pilot), before the more universal name G.I. Joe was adopted”, wonder where they got those from.
Cheers for the link, some interesting reading, I’d be interested in non derogatory slang terms too - ‘Tommy’ for e.g. was used by the British themselves.
On the continent, the/les/der Amis seem familiar — maybe used semi-ironically (in a light fashion ), as it would come not only from it’s obvious derivation, but also from the French word for friends, Amis; and not even the French were totally fond of the Americans.
CF, our British, more upper-class usage in the secret services and military, of The Cousins.
For average people in Britain, Yanks did well enough ( and was more affectionate; especially as until their deaths very many ordinary Britons were very grateful to US participation, regarding it as both generous and un-self-serving — which if not the entire truth, did very well for those people ).
Quite possibly some called them Johnnies, but it’s been years since I read anything on the second world war. And Home Front discussions are as interesting as the lives of ‘Ordinary People’ in narrating history, a concept beloved of leftist didacts, but fricking dull in practice.
Huh? We’re not. Tom is the one on the doomed, Sisyphean quest. He has by far the broadest emotional range and the most character development, and plays the more important part in most storylines. Tom is a complex and human character. We can recognize ourselves in him. Jerry is just a smug, annoying mouse. It’s a Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner relationship, although more complex and less extreme.
Back then, apart from the common Anglo names, Jack, John, Will etc. etc., specifically American male names included Otis, Earl, Alvin, Glen, Willard, Lowell, Clyde and Harvey.
In fact I remember some thriller where for a cover story someone was advised to blame a crooked American quartermaster named Harvey, on the grounds that every base had a crooked American quartermaster named Harvey.
I don’t know if it pre- or post-dated the comic, but, IIRC, there is some iconic 'bedraggled-dogface-tired-but-still-willing-to-keep-plugging-for-democracy-etc…" speech that some GI made to some babe (in a movie?) where he says “I’m just your average GI Joe…” Joe being a generic term for ‘guy’.