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Lately, dignified officers of the elite 14/20th Hussars Regiment strolling near Camp Catterick, north Yorkshire, have been horrified to see off-duty troopers (enlisted men) togged out in zoot suits. Reported one shaken officer: "We saw members of the regiment wearing full American drape jackets, half-mast drainpipe trousers, spear-pointed collars and thick-soled crepe shoes." Last week, a new general order went up on the regimental bulletin board: "Anyone wishing, to wear civilian clothes off duty," the order said, "will have to be inspected by the squadron leader, who will endorse their pass with the words 'with permission to wear plain clothes.'" Growled...

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