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Going through a deceased relatives things I found a brown New Testament pocket edition that has Franklin Roosevelt's message to the troops and signature. It is a printed not hand written signature, I was just seeing what I could find out about it. Would you know anything about the significance of the upside down red triangle on the front cover?

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No, one corner is bent and worn the front edge of the spine is worn and writing (some marked out) on the inside presentation page.

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Thank you for the images, I would please need to see a more clear, in-focus of the Roosevelt page in this Bible as well as the title/publisher page(s) too.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Are these any better?
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Excellent, thank you for the additional images and for your patience.

This is a U.S. Government issued pocket bible, of just the New Testament that was given to American soldiers during World War II.

There were variations printed, such as a Roman Catholic version of the New Testament and a Protestant version of such. These were printed between 1942 - 1945. They contained a unfilled page for name and address as well as next of kin along with an introductory message from President Franklin D. Roosevelt with an auto-pen signature. There should also be additional prayers and hymns contained such as the Star Spangled Banner and American the Beautiful. In terms of value, these currently sell for $10 - $20 on today's market. The Soldier's Bible that sells for higher are the one's with a metal cover, which some servicement claimed saved their lives from a bullet when they were carried in their pockets.

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Thank you but do you know the significance of the red triangle on the front cover?
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Hi,

Historically, a red inverted triangle was a designation of a prisoner of a Nazi War Camp, specifically an enemy Prisoner of War captured by the Germans.

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