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.

Location: Currently not on view

Related Event: World War II


See more items in: Military and Society: Armed Forces History, General, Military, Religion


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Credit Line: James F. Owens, Sr.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0217.01Accession Number: 1996.0217Catalog Number: 1996.0217.01

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 inoverall: 4 1/2 in x 3 in x 1 in; 11.43 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm


Record Id: nmah_687121

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