15th (Isle of Man) LAA Regiment RA (TA) – 40th Anniversary of Mobilisation.
The 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery (Territorial Army) was raised in summer of 1938 as a Territorial Army Unit. At the beginning of World War II, it consisted of two batteries (41st & 42nd) and Regimental headquarters. The regiment was partially equipped with Vickers, Lewis and Bofors Guns. Later on it was totally equipped with Bofors guns.
On 24 August 1939, The regiment was mobilised and sailed to Liverpool for the defence of the Mersey.
129 Battery and Company ATS raised and joined the Regiment in England.
After the outbreak of WW II the regiment deployed in Midlands and south-west England during the Battle of Britain.
On 19 Nov 1940 embarked for the Middle East and landed in Egypt.
41 Battery sailed for East African theatre and took part in operations in Sudan, Eritrea and Abyssinia alongside 4th and 5th Indian Divisions and saw the surrender of Italian Forces.
129 Battery was overrun by German Forces in Crete in May 1941.
42nd battery and Regimental Headquarters were responsible for Air Defence of Suez Canal in Egypt.
In 1942, The Ist Battery of AA British Army with experience in Dunkirk joined the Regiment replacing 129 Battery.
On Jul 1942 joined the 7th Armoured Divison and took part in the Battle of Alamein.
From Oct 1942 moved through North Africa till the surrender of Enemy forces in North Africa (Libya, Tripoli & Tunisia)
Then moved to Italy from Salerno to Naples to Garigliano river.
In Jan 1944 returned to England, refitted and trained for Normandy Landings 0f 06 Jun 1944. Landed at Ouvranches and fought many battles in France, Belgium, Holland and finally to Hamburg for the surrender of German Forces.
Had the unique distinction of shooting down 300 aircraft, several tanks and infantry in light artillery role.
A Special Cover and Cancellation to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Mobilisation issued on 24 Aug 1979 is listed.
The CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) was established as Crown Representative’s Force on 27 Jul 1939 and it became CRPF after enactment of CRPF act on 28 Dec 1949. It is today the largest of India’s Central Armed Police Forces. Besides Internal Security, Law & Order, Counter Insurgency Role, Duty during elections CRPF contingents have now been deployed in UN Missions also.
CRPF Mahila Battalion – The First Mahila (Women’s) CRPF battalion was raised in 1986 at Delhi as 88(Mahila) Battalion CRPF. Besides other roles and deployment the 88 Mahila Battalion was also deployed in Sri Lanka as Part of IPKF (Indian Peace Keeping Force) between 1987-1990. Two other Mahila battalions have been raised subsequently namely 13 (M) Battalion and 213 (M) Battalion. Besides this one team in a RAF (Rapid Action Force) company is composed of Women Personnel. 88 Mahila Battalion has the distinction of being the World’s First Armed Women Paramilitary Battalion.
A Special Cover was released in New Delhi on 08 Mar 2011 (International Women’s Day) to commemorate Silver Jubilee Year (1986-2011) of 88 ( Mahila) Battalion CRPF.
National Police Memorial Delhi – Miniature Sheet India 2018
21 Oct every year is observed as Police Commemoration day in honour of 10 Policemen martyred in Hot Springs area of Ladakh by Chinese troops. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the National Police Memorial to the Nation on 21 Oct 2018 at Kautilya Marg Chanakyapuri New Delhi. It is spread over an area of 6.12 acres and consists of 30 foot (9.1meter) tall and 238-tonne black granite central sculpture, Museum and Wall of Valour. It also commemorates the 34,844 Policemen from all Central and State Police Forces of India who have laid down their lives. This is the latest, beautiful and a fantastic addition to Delhi’s rich architectural heritage. The entry to the Memorial is free. It is spread over a large area with beautiful ambience. The newly built underground museum is an excellent place to visit with artefacts, history, badges, books, uniforms over the ages. The wall of valour has names of all martyrs inscribed on it.
The Underground Museum has a Philatelic section where stamps, First Day Covers and Special Covers on Police Forces are displayed.
India Post issued a Miniature Sheet on 22 Dec 2018 containing two stamps on National Police Memorial. The stamps were printed at Security Printing Press, Hyderabad. Quantity printed was 534000 of each stamp and 1.6 Lakh miniature sheets were printed.
Stamps on Indian Ocean Naval Symposium – Bangladesh 2016
Indian Ocean Naval Symposium commonly known as IONS is a series of biennial meetings held among the littoral states of the Indian Ocean region. The Fifth meeting was held in Bangladesh from 11 to 13 Jan 2016. Bangladesh issued a stamp on 11 Jan 2016 to commemorate this Symposium. The 10 taka stamp features aircraft, ships and helicopters.
ERROR – The stamps listed have double printing at the bottom as marked by Red arrows