Message from His Majesty King George VI.

(15th September, 1939)

"To all serving in my forces by sea or land, or in the air, and indeed, to all my people engaged in the defence of the Realm, I commend the reading of this book. For centuries the Bible has been a wholesome and strengthening influence in our national life, and it behoves us in these momentous days to turn with renewed faith to this Divine source of comfort and inspiration."

The above message was inscribed at the beginning of a small volume of the New Testament given to all serving British Forces in World War II. At the back of the volume the Psalms of David were set out in metre.

Taken from HQL-9524, p.5