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World War I

War Tax Stamps – The British Empire’s Effort 1914-1920

By |August 29th, 2015|

There are many stamps issued during World War I, which reflect the momentous events of those years.

Map of Bulgaria: Battle of Anchialos (1917)

By |August 28th, 2015|

Map of Yugoslavia (1922-9)

By |August 1st, 2015|

Even then, in 1922, the country was known colloquially as "Jugoslavia" or "Yugoslavia". But the real lack of unity was evident at the outset, as the new "Pan-Slavic" Yugoslavia had divided itself into 33 sub-regions or oblasts. A useful map for post World War One Balkan enthusiasts...

Map of Montenegro (1917)

By |July 24th, 2015|

This map shows Montenegro and surrounding areas as it was in 1917, towards the end of World War One.

Royal Mail Ship: Alcantara (1914-16)

By |June 20th, 2015|

This ship, not to be confused with RMS Alcantara (1926), was in service from 1914-16. It was operated by the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co. Builder: Harland and Wolff Yard number: 435 Launched: October 1913 Completed: 28 May 1914 Commissioned: April 1915 Maiden voyage: June 1914 Fate: sunk 29 February 1916 General characteristics Class &

Battle of the Falkland Islands Centenary Stamps (2014)

By |June 8th, 2015|

The origin of the Battle of the Falkland Islands stems from an earlier engagement between the Royal and Imperial German Navies on 1 November 1914 of Coronel in Chile, which led to the British loss of 2 Armoured Cruisers and 1570 men versus the 3 wounded men on the German side. The engagement lasted over four hours and led to the expenditure of approximately 50% of the German ammunition.

Stamps of Serbia: World War One Centenary (2014)

By |May 26th, 2015|

The trigger that started the First World War was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, on 28th June 1914 in Sarajevo. The war ended in 1918; some 65 to 70 million people from 36 countries were mobilised, most of those called to arms being from Europe. The Entente Powers, gathered around the United Kingdom, Russia and France, waged war against the Central Powers lead by Austro-Hungary and Germany.

Post Offices of Belgium: Ypres (1907)

By |May 21st, 2015|

This old postcard shows the Post Office at Ypres, Belgium c.

Stamps of Malta: Anzac Centenary (2015)

By |May 12th, 2015|

Commemorating the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) On 25 April 1915, thousands of young men of the Allied Forces stormed the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula. The battle known as the Gallipoli Campaign was thought to put an early end to the Great War (1914-1918) by creating a new front that the Ottoman-German alliance would not cope with. The plan was to create another front, which would force the Germans to split their army further in order to support the lowly rated Turkish army.

New Zealand: A Sad Story Behind a Cover

By |April 14th, 2015|

Published by kind permission of the author.

Before telling the story behind the fascinating cover illustrated, a description is necessary...

The Reigning Monarchs of Europe (1910)

By |February 23rd, 2015|

This superb image shows Europe's reigning monarchs gathered for the funeral of King Edward VII, May 1910 One of the last great gatherings before the Great War. TOP ROW: King Haakon VII-Norway, King Ferdinand – Bulgaria, King Manuel II -Portugal, William II – Germany, King George I – Greece, King Albert I – Belgium SECOND ROW: King Alfonso XIII – Spain, King George V-Britain, King Frederick VII – Denmark This photograph could form the basis of a thematic collection.

Stamps of Poland: German Occupation (1915)

By |October 9th, 2014|

This stamp is part of a set of five stamps of the Germania series overprinted for use in Russich Polen (Russian Poland) in May,1915, when the Germans occupied much of that district after the victory at Tannenburg

Map of Southern Russia with Odessa Inset (1920)

By |October 7th, 2014|

This map, published by Harmsworth in 1920, shows Southern Russia and includes an inset of Odessa. A very useful map for postal historians of the area or anyone studying Russia in the post World War One era...

Stamps of Jersey: Great War Centenary (2014)

By |October 1st, 2014|

Jersey Post will issue a set of six stamps, a Miniature Sheet and a Souvenir Sheetlet on Monday 4 August, to mark the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The first in a five part series entitled, ‘The Great War – 100 Years’, the issue focuses on the idea of ‘Participation’ and explores the subject of WWI from a local, Jersey perspective. The stamps feature illustrations by Martin Hargreaves who has sensitively portrayed different groups of Jersey society and some of their roles during The Great War.

Stamps of Great Britain: World War One Centenary (2014)

By |August 19th, 2014|

These First World War 1914 centenary stamps represent the six series themes of Poppy, Poetry, Portraits, War Art, Memorials and Remembrance and Artefacts. The cameo head of The Queen by David Gentleman appears in Royal Mail Red, echoing the colour of poppies, the most poignant symbol of war and remembrance. As ever, they are brought to you in pristine, unmarked condition. POPPY, FIONA STRICKLAND The poppy quickly became symbolic of the war.