Stamps on War of Liberty – GDR 1963

Stamps on War of Liberty – GDR 1963

The German Campaign was fought in 1813. The members of Sixth Coalition fought a series of Battles in Germany against French Emperor Napoleon, which liberated the German States from the domination of First French Empire. The high point of the allied strategy was the Battle of Leipzig in Oct 2013. This Leipzig campaign is also known as the Battle of Nations. in early 1814 Allied coalition invaded France Napoleon abdicated and war came to an end formally with the signing of Treaty of Paris in May 1814.

GDR/DDR/East Germany issued a set of Five stamps on 10 Oct 1963 to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of War of Liberty. The stamps feature the following.

5 Pf – Graf Von Gneisenau or August Neidhardt Von Gneisenau (27 Oct 1760 -23 Aug 1831) was a Prussian Field Marshal who played a prominent part in Battle of Nations.

Gebhard Leberecht Von Blucher (16 Dec 1742-12 Sep 1819) was a Prussian General & Field Marshal who led his army against Napoleon I at the Battle of Nations Leipzig 1813 and Battle of Waterloo 1815.

25 Pf – Clear Lutzows Crowd before the Fight.

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STAMPS OF GDR 1963 -WAR OF LIBERTY 1813

10 Pf – Cossack and Landwehrkanal in Berlin.

20 Pf -Ernst Moritz Arndt ( 26 Dec 1769-29 Jan 1860) -German Nationalist and Poet . Fought against Napoleonic domination.

Reichsfreiherr vom und zum stein known as Baron Vom Stein was Prussian Statesman whose Prussian reforms paved the way for Unification of Germany. After the Battle of Leipzig in 1813 became head of the Council for the administration of re-conquered German Countries,

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STAMPS OF GDR – BATTLE OF LEIPZIG 1813

40 Pf – G Von Scharnhorst (1755-1813) was a Hanoverian born Prussian General who took part in Napoleonic Wars.

Prince Kutusow (1745-1813) -Field Marshal in Russian Army, he was one of the best Rusian Generals. took part in Russo-Turkish Wars and Napoleonic Wars

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STAMPS OF GDR 1963- WAR OF NATIONS – SCHARNHORST & KUTUSOW

The Cover Design on all three Covers features the Monument to the Battle of Nations in Leipzig built in 1913.

Miniature Sheet Suez Crossing – Egypt 1998

Miniature Sheet Suez Crossing – Egypt 1998

Operation Badr 1973 was the code name for Egyptian Military Operation to cross the Suez Canal and seize the Bar-Lev line of fortifications on 06 Oct 1973. In conjunction with Syrian attack on Golan Heights, this marked the start of Yom Kippur War. This Suez Crossing surprised the Israelis and is one of the most read and most famous battles ever fought.

Egypt issued an Imperf Miniature Sheet on 06 Oct 1998 to mark 25th Anniversary of Suez Canal Crossing.

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EGYPT MS SUEZ CANAL CROSSING 1998

Churchill Memorial Museum -Brunei 1973

Churchill Memorial Museum -Brunei 1973

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer- Churchill was a British Statesman, Army officer & Writer who was Prime Minister of United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He Led Britain to Victory in Second World War.

The Churchill Memorial Museum was opened in Brunei in 1973 but was demolished to make way for the Royal Regalia Building in 1991.

A Set of two stamps was issued by Brunei on 31 Dec 1973 on Churchill Memorial building. The 12 sen stamp shows Churchill painting outdoors and in 50Sen stamp he is making a Victory “V” sign.

A First Day Cover with two stamps is listed.

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FDC BRUNEI CHURCHILL 1973

Siege of Szigetvar- 450th Anniversary – Miniature Sheet Croatia 2010

Siege of Szigetvar- 450th Anniversary – Miniature Sheet Croatia 2016

The Siege of Szigetvar or Battle of  Szigeth was the siege of Fortress Szigetvar, Kingdom of Hungary that blocked Suleiman’s line of advance towards Vienna in 1566 AD. It was fought from 06 Aug 1566 to 08 Sep 1566 between the invading forces of Ottoman Army led by Sultan Suleiman and Forces of Habsburg Monarchy under the leadership of Nikola Subic Zrinski former Ban of Croatia. The Ottoman Turks forces won the battle but both the Commanders died during battle -Suleiman in his tent due to natural causes and Nikola on last day of Battle. This heavy loss though prevented the Ottoman advance towards Vienna till Battle of Vienna in 1683.

Croatia issued a miniature sheet on 05 Sept 2016 as a Joint issue with Hungary to mark the 450th Anniversary of Siege of SZigetvar.One of stamp 6.50k features Nikola SubicZrinski and another stamp features Coat of Arms of the town of  Siget (4.50 k)

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CROATIA MS -SIEGE OF SZIGETVAR -2016

Stamp on General K S Thimayya,DSO – Cyprus 1966

Stamp on General K S Thimayya DSO – Cyprus 1966

General K S Thimayya ,DSO was a distinguished soldier of Indian Army. He was born on 30 Mar 1906 at Madekeri,Coorg,Mysore (Karnataka) and died on 17 Dec 1965. He was Chief of Army Staff ,Indian Army from 08 May 1957 to 07 May 1961 in the period leading to India China conflict of 1962. He was only Indian to command an Infantry Brigade during World War II and after Korean War headed a UNO unit dealing with repatriation of Prisoners of War. After retirement from Indian Army he was appointed as Commander of United Nation Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus from July 1964 to 17 Dec 1965.

A Graduate of Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College ,he was one of the six cadets selected to undergo training at Royal Military College Sandhurst. He was commissioned in Indian Army on 04 Feb 1926 alongwith P N Thapar who later succeeded him as Chief of Army Staff. He joined 4th Battalion of 19th Hyderabad Regiment (Now Kumaon Regiment).He attended Staff College at Quetta (now in Pakistan) in 1942 ,where he and his wife had earned praise for their selfless service during 1935 Quetta Earthquake.

During the Burma Campaign he was Commanding 8/19th Hyderabad Regiment and was awarded the DSO (Distinguished Service Order) and Mention -in Despatches. He commanded 268th Indian Infantry Brigade in Japan after WWII to deal with Japanese surrender. After Independence saw action with 19 Division in J&K conflict of 1947 and Battle of Zojila. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1954.

Cyprus issued a stamp in his honour on 06 Jun 1966 (6.6.66). The date is a Palindrome date and a FDC on a distinguished Soldier is listed.

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FDC CYPRUS 1966 – GEN K S THIMMAYYA DSO

 

The First Contingent Sails from Albany – 01 Nov 1914 – Postage Paid Envelopes -Australia

The First Contingent Sails from Albany – 01 Nov 1914 – Postage Paid Envelopes -Australia

At the onset of  WW I recruitment for 20,000 Soldiers began in Australia. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) was convened to assemble at Albany Western Australia where they were joined by New Zealand Contingent. After a delay the convoy of Australian and New Zealand troop ships finally departed Albany on 01 Nov 1914 for taking part in WWI.

A Postage Paid Pre Stamped envelope was issued by Australia in 2014 to commemorate the Centenary of this historic event. The Painting First Convoy at Sea of 1920 is an oil on canvas work of Charles Bryant which is used on cover and stamp design.

This painting of a convoy of thirty eight troop ships escorted by four Naval ships with the British cruiser HMS ‘Minotaur” in foreground leading the convoy.This ship is followed by SS Orvieto carrying Bridges and AIF Headquarters staff.The other naval escort ships were RAN light cruisers and Japanese cruiser Ibuki” Two pictures were painted by Charles Bryant (1883-1937) of First Convoy -one  at sea and other leaving Albany. Bryant was a marine painter.

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POSTAGE PAID PSE -AUSTRALIA 2014 – FIRST CONVOY AT SEA BY CHARLES BRYANT

 

Remembering the AE2 – Galipoli 1915 – Pre Stamped Envelope -Australia 2015

Remembering the AE2 – Galipoli 1915 – Pre Stamped Envelope -Australia 2015

HMAS AE2 was one of the two E-class submarines commissioned by Royal Australian Navy in Feb 1914. After its role in capture of German New Guinea ,AE2 was assigned to Dardanelles campaign. In Mar 1915 at Galipoli it was first submarine to enter Sea of Marmara on 25 April 1915. It disrupted the Turkish re-supply by sea but was torpedoed .

Australia Post issued a Pre Stamped envelope in memory of AE2 in 2015

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PRE STAMPED ENVELOPE -AUSTRALIA 2015- REMEMBERING AE2 -SUBMARINE IN WW I