INAS 339 – Silver Jubilee -Special Cover 2015.

INAS 339 – Silver Jubilee -Special Cover 2015.

INAS 339 – Indian Naval Air Squadron based at INS Hansa Goa was commissioned on 23 Nov 1990. A Special Cover was released at Dabolim on 23 Nov 2015 to celebrate its Silver Jubilee.

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SPECIAL COVER INAS 339 – SILVER JUBILEE 2015

National Defence Academy – 64th Anniversary- 16 Jan 2019.

National Defence Academy – 64th Anniversary – 16 Jan 2019.

The National Defence Academy of India is a unique Military Academy and it is the First Tri-Service Academy in the World. At this Joint Services Academy of the Indian Armed Forces cadets of the three Services the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before their pre-commissioning training at respective Academies.

The Alumni include three Param Vir Chakra recipients and 12 Ashoka Chakra recipients. NDA has produced 30 Service Chiefs till date.

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PARAM VIR CHAKRA

NDA was formally inaugurated on 16 Jan 1955 and it celebrates its 64th Anniversary.

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INAUGURATION OF NDA -1955
nda golden jubilee
STAMP ON NDA GOLDEN JUBILEE
passing out parade nda
PASSING OUT PARADE NDA
special cover 25th course nda reunion
SPECIAL COVER 25TH COURSE REUNION NDA KHADAKWASLA
special cover 30th course nda reunion
SPECIAL COVER 30TH COURSE REUNION NDA KHADAKWASLA.

 

 

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

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

04 Dec 2018 – Navy day -India-A Philatelic Tribute to Indian Navy

04 Dec 2018 – Navy day -India

Indian Navy celebrates 04 Dec every year asNavy Day. It was on this day that Indian Navy achieved historic victories in 1971 Indo -Pak War.

Let us glimpse through stamps issued on the Indian Navy as a tribute to the Indian Navy.

INDIAN NAVY MARITIME HERITAGE 1999
INDIAN NAVY MARITIME HERITAGE -2200 BBC TO 1700 AD
INDIAN NAVY MARITIME HERITAGE 2000
INDIAN NAVY MARITIME HERITAGE – ADMIRAL KUNJALI -STAMP ISSUED IN 2000
INDIAN NAVY PRESIDENT'S FLEET REVIEW
INDIAN NAVY PRESIDENT’S FLEET REVIEW -1984
INDIAN NAVY IFR 2001
INDIAN NAVY INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW 2001
INDIAN NAVY INS NILGIRI
INDIAN NAVY INS NILGIRI -1968
INDIAN NAVY INS DELHI
INDIAN NAVY INS DELHI 1998
INDIAN NAVY INS VIKRANT
INDIAN NAVY INS VIKRANT 1986 AIRCRAFT CARRIER
INDIAN NAVY NAVAL DOCKYARD MUMBAI
INDIAN NAVY NAVAL DOCKYARD MUMBAI-250TH ANNIVERSARY -1986

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.

FDC CYPRUS GEN K S THIMMAYYA
FDC CYPRUS 1966 – GEN K S THIMMAYYA DSO

 

History of Aviation & Aerial ramming – World War II Heroes of USSR -Stamps on Russian Pilots -2014

History of Aviation & Aerial ramming – World War II Heroes of USSR -Stamps on Russian Pilots -2014

Russia issued a Minisheet of four stamps on the theme of History of Aviation and aerial ramming. These stamps featured Pilots of World War II who were awarded Heroes of USSR medals. The Pilots were awarded Hero of Soviet Union award. This award was the highest distinction in the Soviet Union for historic feats in service to the Soviet state and society .It is no longer awarded now.

The Pilots are

Hero of USSR Lt E I Zelenko (1916-1941)

Hero of USSR Lt P E Eremeyev (1911-1941)

Hero of USSR Capt B I Kovzan  (1922-1985)

Hero of USSR Guard Captain A S Khlobystov (1918-1943)

RUSSIA MS AVIATION
MINISHEET RUSSIA 2014 – HEROES OF USSR -PILOTS