When the British brought their fierce, bearded Sikh troops into the African campaign they found themselves up against a tough problem. Army regulations demand that every British infantryman be issued a steel helmet. But the Sikhs insist on wearing turbans, over which no steel helmet can fit. Finally, the Sikhs worked out an agreement with their British officers, accepted the helmets. Last week as they edged ahead through central Eritrea each Sikh wore a turban on his head, obediently dangled a British helmet from his haversack.

The going was getting tougher by now. The Italians were well entrenched in the...

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