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The visor goes in front.

I NOTICED THAT in the picture featuring Major General George Patton on page 32 of the December 2007 edition, the naval officer behind him is wearing his steel helmet backwards. Again, on page 34, the GI manning the .50-caliber machine gun is also wearing his steel helmet backwards. Was this a not uncommon practice?

Curt La Fontaine

Grenada, Mississippi

Editor's Note: I often see WWII photos of GIs wearing their helmets backwards. Perhaps flipping the helmet made it easier to see when a wider and unshaded view was desired. What surprises me is that notoriously fussy Patton allowed that man to wear his helmet backwards!

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Title Annotation:V-MAIL
Author:La Fontaine, Curt
Publication:America in WWII
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 1, 2008
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