National Defense: New Headgear?

In World War I, 60-80% of U.S. soldiers' wounds were caused by shell splinters and spent bullets; many a soldier could thank his tin hat for stopping such missiles. Probably many more could have been kept off casualty lists if the U.S. helmet protected the neck and sides of the head, as the German tin hat did. Yet soldiers in the U.S.'s present Army are still outfitted with the same old headgear. Last week they had hopes of better. After 23 years of brooding over the simple problem, the Army's leisurely Ordnance Department announced that it was looking over a helmet...

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