Centenary of End of World War I – Philatelic rundown of a deadly period

Centenary of End of World War I – Philatelic rundown of a deadly period.

A Killing in Sarajevo on 28 Jun 1914 led to a deadly War in Europe from 28 Jul 1914 to 11 Nov 1918. It led to mobilisation of 70 million military personnel and death of nine million combatants and seven million civilians.

The Allied Powers – France,Russia,Britain and USA   vs Central Powers -Germany,Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire were pitched against each other in various battle grounds across Europe and elsewhere.

On 02 Aug 1914 , the 29th German Infantry Regiment stormed Luxembourg City.This was one of the Beginnings of World War I. Artist Pierre Blanc captured this storming in a pen drawing (now part of  National Museum of History and Art in Luxembourg) which features on a stamp issued by Luxembourg on 23 Sep 2014 to remind us of the start of World War I.

FDC LUXEMBOURG WWI
FDC LUXEMBOURG -100 YEARS START OF WWI

 

Zeebrugge Raid – The Zeebrugge raid on 23 April 1918 was an attempt by Royal Navy to block the Belgian Port of  Bruges-Zeebrugge. The British intended to sink obsolete ships in canal entrance to prevent German vessels including Submarines from leaving the port and interfere in Allied control of English Channel and North Sea. British Ships HMS Thetis, Intrepid and Iphigenia were used as block ships alongwith Submarines C1 and C3 and 4th Battalion of Royal marines. Submarine C3 commended by Lt R D Sanford was able to blow viaduct with an explosion and he was awarded Victoria Cross for this action. Allied promoted Zebrugge Raid as a Victory and  eight Victoria Cross were awarded including a Victoria Cross for the entire 4th Battalion of Royal Marines.

British Forces Postal service a special cover on 23 Apr 1973 to mark 55th Anniversary of Zeebrugge Raid.

COVER DEBRUGGE RAID
COVER ZEEBRUGGE RAID -WW I

Victoria Cross awarded to Royal Naval Aviators for actions in World War I

Flight Lieutenant Reginald ‘Rex’ Warneford VC of Royal Navy was awarded Victoria Cross for his actions over Ghent ,Belgium on 07 jun 1918 by attacking and destroying German Zeppelin LZ37.

Squadron Commander Richard Bell Davies was awarded Victoria Cross for his heroic actions of saving his colleague Smylie at Ferrijik,Bulgaria in his single seater Nieuport on 19 Nov 1915.

Ascension Islands issued a set of stamps on these Victoria Cross awardees on 07 May 2009.

FDC ASCENCION IS VC WWI
FDC ASCENCION ISLANDS VICTORIA CROSS- WWI -NAVAL AVIATION.

 

Indians in World War I

Indian Army Personnel were awarded 18 Victoria Crosses in World War I in various sectors.

France -Belgium sector (10 Victoria Cross)- including Three Victoria Crosses to 39 Garhwal Rifles

Mesopotamia Sector (06 Victoria Cross)

Palestine Sector (02 Victoria Cross).

Battle of Jerusalem 1917

General Allenby also mentions in his report that he and his staff with mission heads and military attaches of France,Italy and USA entered the city on  foot and received at Jaffa gate by Guards representing England,Scotland,Ireland,Wales, Australia, New Zealand, India ,France & Italy.

He received Christian,Jewish &  Muslim Community Leaders to ensure sanctity and protection to all holy sites and even sent his Indian Muslim Soldiers to guard Islamic religious sites.

Israel issued a stamp on Centenary of this historic Battle 13 Jun 2017 . A First Day Cover is listed. The stamp shows the sergeants,Mayor of Jerusalm and General Allenby entering Jerusalem on Foot. The Cover also features the Allenby  Memorial at Jerusalem.

ISR FDC ALLENBY
FDC ISRAEL -BATTLE OF JERUSALEM 1917 -WW I

 

Haifa Day

The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments Mysore Lancers and Jodhpur Lancers that helped liberate the city following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade. In the autumn of 1918, the Indian Brigade was a part of the Allied Forces sweeping northwards through Palestine in what is seen as the last great cavalry campaign in history.

Israel issued a stamp on 06 Feb 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of Battle of Haifa with Indian Cavalry at Haifa.The Tab shows the Jodhpur Lancers insignia.

The First Day Cover Design Features the Memorial for fallen Indian Soldiers at Haifa.

IND CAV IN HAIFA
INDIAN CAVALRY IN HAIFA -WWI 1917.

 

 

United States Airmail Blue -2018

United States Airmail Blue -2018

On 15 My 1918 , in the midst of  World War I , a group of Army Pilots delivered mail along the route that linked Washington ,Philadelphia and New York – initiating the World’s first scheduled airmail service.The US Postal Department office took charge of US Airmail service from 12 Aug 1918 through 01 Sep 1927.

In honor of beginning of Air Mail service USPS  will release two postage stamps in 2018. The first stamp United States Airmail Blue has been issued on 01 May 2018 commemorating the brave spirit of pioneering Army Pilots. The stamp in blue printed in intaglio features a drawing of Curtiss JN-4H biplane typically used those days.

The second stamp identical to first one except that it will be in Red color will commemorate the beginning of Airmail delivery through US Post office department on 12 Aug 2018.

The United States Airmail Blue is being issued as a FOREVER stamp The stamp designer is Dan Gretta.

UNITED STATES  AIRMAIL BLUE -2018
UNITED STATES AIRMAIL BLUE -2018

Pioneering Astronaut – Sally Ride – Stamps of USA 2018

Pioneering Astronaut – Sally Ride – Stamps of USA 2018

United States issued a stamp on Sally Ride (1951-2012) – America’s first woman in space who inspired the nation as a pioneering Astronaut,Physicist and dedicated educator.

The Forever stamp was issued by USPS on 23 May 2018. The stamp art features Sally Ride in her light blue space suit and the space shuttle lifting in the background. This was first sketched in Charcoal and then rendered in oil paint.

SALLY RIDE
STAMP ON SALLY RIDE US WOMAN ASTRONAUT -USA 2018

The Service Cross Medals – Honoring Extra Ordinary Heroism – Stamps of USA 2016

The Service Cross Medals – Honoring Extra Ordinary Heroism – Stamps of USA 2016.

The USPS issued a set of four stamps on The Service Cross Medals -Honoring Extra Ordinary Heroism. The stamps were issued on 30 May 2016 . The Medals are

Distinguished  Service Cross – It is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of United States Army (Previously to USA Air Forces also). Awarded for extra ordinary heroism.

Navy Cross– It is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a members of United States Navy,U.S Marine Corps (Coast Guard when operating under authority of Navy). Awarded for extra ordinary heroism.

Air Force Cross- It is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of United States Air Force. Awarded for extra ordinary heroism.

Coast Guard Cross– Military decoration of U.S Coast Guard.Established on 15 Oct 2010. For extra ordinary acts of heroism by a member of U S Coast Guard when not operating under the authority  of U S Navy.

A Sheet issued is listed below.

HONORING EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM
THE SERVICE CROSS MEDALS -HONORING EXTRA ORDINARY HEROISM -USA 2016

Special Cover India April 2018 – Canteen Stores Department 70 Years 

Special Cover India April 2018 – Canteen Stores Department 70 Years

A Special cover was issued at Mumbai on 07 April 2018 to commemorate 70 Years of Canteen Stores Department. It was started on 01 Apr 1948 for provisioning of Consumer goods  to Armed Forces Personnel,Veterans and their families through Pan India network of Depots.

SPL CVR MUM CSD 70
SPECIAL COVER MUMBAI -CANTEEN STORES DEPARTMENT 70 YEARS -APRIL 2018.

APS Cover May 2018 -Golden Jubilee Command Hospital,Air Force Bangalore.

APS Cover May 2018 -Golden Jubilee Command Hospital,Air Force Bangalore.

APS Cover issued on 01 May 2018 to mark Golden Jubilee

APS 18-16 C0MD HOSP AF BLORE
APS COVERS MAY 2018- COMMAND HOSPITAL AIR FORCE BANGALORE

APS Cover Mar 2018 -Award of President’s Colours 230 Signal Unit Air Force.

APS Cover Mar 2018 -Award of President’s Colours 230 Signal Unit Air Force.

APS cover was issued on 23 Mar 2018 to mark the event

APS 18-11 230 SU IAF COLORS
APS COVER MAR 18 – 230 SIGNAL UNIT AIR FORCE