Soldier's Pocket Bible

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
book, bible, pocket
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
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
1996.0217.01
accession number
1996.0217
catalog number
1996.0217.01
subject
Religion
Military
event
World War II
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, General
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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