Currently, there exists an option to buy inexpensive Armed Forces Edition/Armed Services Edition reproduction books to take out in the field. Much has been written about the history of these “pocket-sized books”(see links below) so I won’t dive too much into the history of the books. — — — — — — — — — — —
Starting in September 1943, Armed Service Edition books found their way to the front line in the Pacific as men traveled from island to island before entering the combat zone. In England in June 1944, each soldier boarding an invasion ship for Normandy was given an Armed Service Edition book. Newspapers reported at the time that, although many things were found discarded from soldiers packs before going into D-Day, not a single book was left behind.
Armed Services Edition Books | The Art of Manliness
Armed Services Edition books from WWII | Auction Finds
1942 saw the formation of the Council of Books in Wartime. Composed of booksellers the Council furnished troops with thousands of portable Armed Service Edition books, weapons in the war of ideas. Thousands of troops in all theaters of the war received books of different topics and genres. These books proved critical to morale, providing an escape for men who daily faced death and destruction.