Soldier's Pocket Bible

Religion has an essential role in military history, which is reflected in military material. Steel-covered New Testaments were popular keepsake gifts for soldiers going off to fight in World War II. Advertised in newspapers and magazines as protection from bullets, the small books were designed to be carried in the pocket over one's heart as both symbol and shield.
Currently not on view
Object Name
book, bible, pocket
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
overall: 11.7 cm x 7.7 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 5/8 in x 3 1/16 in x 7/8 in
overall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
World War II
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

8/9/2016 1:04:20 PM
Tyler Benzien
My one & only grandson is leaving for Africa in September. He has been in 3 other countries & has been in Air Force for 8 yrs. I pray that God will keep him safe.
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