GREAT BRITAIN: When In England

To the average Briton, a U.S. soldier off duty is often a pretty overwhelming sight. Lounging on a street corner in blue jeans and a garishly patterned leather windbreaker, the hairs on his chest peeping slyly out of the deep cleavage of an open-necked sport shirt, the out-of-uniform G.I. is an equally distressing sight to more soldierly U.S. noncoms.

Last week, as part of a general effort "to improve relations between us and the British." Colonel G. F. McGuire, deputy commander of the Britain-based U.S. Third Air Force, ordered airmen of his command to modify their off-duty garb "in accordance...

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