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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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INDIAN CAVALRY IN HAIFA -WWI 1917.

 

 

National Police Memorial Delhi – Museum – Stamps & Philately-Police Forces

National Police Memorial Delhi – Museum – Stamps & Philately-Police Forces

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 a 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 artifacts ,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.

NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL
NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL – MUSEUM -STAMPS ON POLICE FORCES
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NATIONAL POLICE MEMORIAL – MUSEUM -PHILATELY ON POLICE FORCES
SPECIAL ITBP EVEREST EXPEDITION
SPECIAL COVER – 3RD ITBP EVEREST EXPEDITION -2006

Brunei First Day Cover – Royal Wedding Prince Charles & Diana – 1981

Brunei First Day Cover – Royal Wedding Prince Charles & Diana – 1981

Brunei issued a set of three stamps to commemorate the Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on 29 Jul 1981. The themes of stamps was

10 sen – Wedding Bouquet From Brunei

$1 – Prince Charles as Colonel of Welsh Guards

$2 -Royal Couple -Prince Charles and Lady Diana

FDC BRUNEI WEDDING CHARLES & DIANA
FDC BRUNEI WEDDING PRINCE CHARLES & LADY DIANA-1981

Indian Air Force – 86th Anniversary

Indian Air Force – 86th Anniversary

Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 86th Anniversary on 08 Oct 2018.

IAF was raised as an auxiliary Air Force of the Royal Air Force in British India.Some milestones in its 86 Year old history.

On 01 April 1933 the No 1 Squadron was commissioned with Five Indian Pilots andFour Westland Wapiti Biplanes . The squadron was led by  British RAF Commanding officer Flight Lieutenant (laterAir Vice Marshal ) Cecil Bouchier.

During World War II it saw action in Burma & Thailand against Japanese and IAF Pilots took part in operations in Europe. It was conferred the Prefix “Royal” by King George VI for its service. This was later dropped after India became a Republic.

Operations Post Independence

  • 1947, 1965,1971 & Kargil War with Pakistan
  • Goa Liberation
  • IPKF operations in Sri Lanka ,UN Missions in Congo, UN Peace Keeping Missions across Globe.
  • 1962 War with China
  • Numerous relief operations across the Globe for Humanitarian Aid.
  • Recent relief operations during Kerala Floods.

Marshal of the Air Force  – Arjan Singh DFC (15 Apr 1999 -16 Sep 2017). He was son of a Dafadar of Hudson’s Horse. Arjan Singh commanded No 1 Air Squadron as acting Squadron Leader in 1943 and later on in 1944 took part in Arakan Campaign where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).He became the First IAF officer to be promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal  in 1966. He was Chief of Air Staff from 01 Aug 1964 to 15 July  1969. He was awarded the Padma Vibhusan in 1966.He was promoted to Five star Rank of Marshal  of Indian Air Force equivalent to a Field Marshal on 26 Jan 2002.

Flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon , PVC . ( 17 July 1943 – 14 Dec 1971)

He was commissioned into Indian Air Force on 04 jun 1967 as Pilot Officer. He was son of a MWO (Hony) Flight Lieutenant Tarlok Singh Sekhon. He was serving with 18 Squadron during 1971 War. He was bestowed the Nation’s highest wartime gallantry award Param Vir Chakra(Posthumous) for his heroic action for defence of Srinagar Airfield on 14 Dec 1971.

There are numerous stories of bravery and valour in the annals of IAF history. We pay a Philatelic Salute to the spirit of Air Warriors of IAF in service to the Nation. A few stamps issued on Indian Air Force are Listed.

IAF STAMPS
STAMPS ON INDIAN AIR FORCE

 

 

 

 

Stamps on Kazi Nazrul Islam – Pakistan 1968

Stamps on Kazi Nazrul Islam – Pakistan ,Bangladesh & India

Kazi Nazrul Islam (25 May 1899-29 Aug 1976) was a revolutionary Poet of Bengal .He was born in Churulia in Bengal (India).He composed nearly 3000 songs. He Shot to fame through All India Radio Calcutta . He was awarded Padma Bhusan by Government of India . After formation Bangladesh he moved to Bangladesh in 1972 and breathed his last in 1976. He was National Poet of Bangladesh and conferred the award of “Ekusey Padak” by Government of Bangladesh.

Pakistan honoured him by issuing a set of two stamps during his lifetime on his 69th Birth Anniversary on 25 Jun 1968.

PAKISTAN FDC KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM
PAKISTAN FDC -KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM-1968

PAKISTAN STAMPS KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM

PAKISTAN STAMPS on KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM -1968

Bangladesh issued a set of two stamps on his first Death Anniversary on 29 Aug 1977.

KAZI ISLAM BANGLADESH
STAMPS ON KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM – BANGLADESH 1977-IST DEATH ANNIVERSARY

 

Bangladesh issued a stamp on his Birth Centenary on 31 Dec 1998.

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STAMP ON BIRTH CENTENARY OF KAZI NAZRUL ISLAM -BANGLADESH 1998

India issued a stamp on his Birth centenary on 14 Sep 1999.

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STAMP ON KAZI NAZRUL ISALM – INDIA 1999- BIRTH CENTENARY

 

Google Doodle marks M Visvesvaraya’s 157th Birth Anniversary .

Google Doodle marks M Visvesvaraya’s 157th Birth Anniversary

India celebrates 15  Sep as Engineers Day in honour of Bharat Ratna M Visvesvaraya (15 Sep 1861 – 12 Apr 1962). Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya was 19th Diwan of Mysore and an Engineer ,Scholar & Statesman . He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1955.

Google Doodle marks M Visvesvaraya’s 157th Birth Anniversary today(15 Sep 2018).

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STAMP ON M VISVESVARAYA
MCEME
COLLEGE OF MILITARY ENGINEERING

First Day Covers India 2018 – B Nagi Reddy

First Day Covers India 2018 – B Nagi Reddy

India Post issued a postage stamp in the denomination of rupees five  on 23 Feb 2018 on B Nagi Reddy. A FDC with stamps is listed.

Busipally Nagi Reddy ( 1912 -2004) was a Telugu Movie producer who was awarded Dada Sahib Phalke Award in 1986, National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada in 1965 and Filmfare award twice for Telugu Films.

He Produced Hindi films like Julie(1975)  and  Swarag Narak (1978).

He set up Vijaya Vauhini Studios in Chennai ,Started Andhra Jyothi Newspaper in 1945 and Children’s magazine Chandamama in July 1947.

He was served as Chairman Board of Trustees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams between 1980 and 1983.

INDIA FDC B NAGI REDDY
FIRST DAY COVERS INDIA 2018 – B NAGI REDDY – FILM PRODUCER