Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Memories of World War II - 1944

Guernsey Post issued the second series of Memories of World War II stamp on May 12, 2004.The stamps issued features the milestones in the World War II and other events that had particular significance to Guernsey. The stamp set remind D-Day that proved to be decisive battle that began the retreat of the occupying forces in France.
The battles were fought over five beaches on the North Coast of Normandy, which were codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. The Allied forces objective was to advance off the beaches and liberate villages along the coast in order to drive the German back. By the evening of the 6th, the Allied troops had prevailed all across the Normandy beachhead.
The 26p, 32p, 36p, 40p stamps were commemorate the 60 years event since the Normandy Landings.


The 26p stamp depicts one of many spitfires pounding the Nazi defenders.
Prior to the amphibious invasion, Allied air forces bombed the German defences and dropped paratroopers behind enemy lines who aided by the French resistance forces.


The 32p stamp depicts the arrival of the landing craft.
The waters on the beaches and dunes were heavily mined and strong points called ’Widerstandsnester’ (resistance net) were dotted along the beaches to protect throughout.


The 36p stamp depicts an on-the scene view of the epic battle on Gold Beach.
The concept of D-Day was first considered by Lord Louis Mountbatten at the request of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, after the German forces took control of France.
Operation ‘overlord’ as it was known by the forces, was put into action on 6th June 1944 after years of meticulous planning by the Allied command.


The 40p stamp shown men shelter from the German machine-gun fire in shallow water.
D-Day was focused on the element of surprise, and many false attacks were planned to lead German intelligence away from the real date and time of the attack.
The Channel Islands were occupied from 1940 till 1945. German troops were stationed here, with foreign workers also amongst the civilian population. Some women and children had been evacuated at he beginning of the war.


The GBP 1.50 stamp depicts the S.S Vega first arrived in St. Peter Port on 21st December 1944.
By August 1944, the Allied advance meant all consignments were cut off to the Channel Islands.
This operation affected to the medical supplies and fuel were exhausted slowly.

The German Army and the people of Guernsey were struggling to survive. Finally after 4 month the isolation were cut, the S.S Vega was arrived on December 1944. Aboard were parcels of foodstuffs, soap and salt, medical supplies, and clothing for children.

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