ARMY & NAVY: New Blues

ARMY & NAVY

The War Department last week told the public about the first major change in army dress since "O. D." (olive drab) was introduced during the Spanish-American War. A new uniform, slate blue in color, looser in cut, with canvas leggings instead of rolled puttees, shirts open at the neck instead of a close collar and necktie is to be issued for trial by a few units. Reasons for the change, said the army, were comfort, lower visibility, economy.

The present olive drab army material has long posed a procurement problem. Because...

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