The 3 x 4.6" metal plated shinny New Testament bible was given out to all the military service people who signed up in WW2. In many cases the metal on the front cover of the bible acted as a shield and was reported to have deflected metal shrapnel from injuring the soldier carrying it in his left pocket.
Inside of the cover on the first page is a personal inscription from The White House signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the commander and Chief, authorizing and indicating his belief in the strength and higher aspirations of the human soul.
These are currently given out to the military today.
American Troops Arrive in England
The American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) was the expeditionary force of the United States Army during World War I. It was established on July 5, 1917, in France under the command of Gen. John J. Pershing. During the United States campaigns in World War I it fought, alongside French and British troops, against the German Empire. Some of the troops fought alongside Italian forces in that same year, against the Austro-Hungarian Army. It helped the French Army on the Western Front during the Aisne Offensive (at Château-Thierry and Belleau Wood) in June 1918, and fought its major actions in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Offensives in late 1918.