WWII Stamps: Collections and Commemorating.
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Rare Jewish ghetto stamps from the Lodz ghetto sold at auction
Three rare stamps produced in a Jewish ghetto during WWII have sold at auction in Melbourne for $1,020. The stamps were produced at the Lodz ghetto in German-occupied Poland in 1944. Charles Leski of Leski Auctions says the stamps were created using scrap paper: "They've definitely got a homemade look about them. They were printed on scrap paper. They were printed on the margins of books, whatever they could find in the ghetto to print them. They didn't have perforating machines, so they used a pair of scissors to cut the stamps off the sheet."
World War II Land Girls' efforts honoured in a new set of stamps
Young women who left their homes to work the land and feed the Britain during the Second World War are among those being honoured in a new set of stamps by Royal Mail. The stamp is part of a set of eight, entitled Britain Alone, which marks the sacrifices made on the Home Front. Other stamps in the series include Home Guard, Fire Service, Air Raid Wardens, and Royal Broadcast. An ongoing exhibition at National War Museum in Edinburgh highlights efforts by the Women's Land Army and the National Farmers Union Scotland is campaigning to collect £60,000 to build a memorial to the Scottish Land Girls.
Australia and PNG issue Kokoda stamps
The Kokoda campaign, the Australia's toughest battle against the Japanese in World War 2, is commemorated with a new stamp. Australia Post and Papua New Guinea Post have issued a joint Kokoda stamp in honour of the soldiers who fell along PNG's Kokoda Track. In a first between the two nations, 5 stamps have been issued depicting the bond forged during the Kokoda Campaign. "A remarkable bond was formed in 1942 that continues to this day," said Noel Leahy, of Australia Post Philatelic Group. Two stamps depict the tough conditions, while another shows the memorial along the Kokoda Track, at Isurava.
Commemorative stamp honours WWII soldier, cartoonist Bill Mauldin
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin, who won two Pulitzer Prizes, will be honoured with a 44-cent commemorative stamp in Santa Fe. Through his characters Willie and Joe, two GI "dogfaces," he recorded the adventures of World War II soldiers. His cartoons gave Americans an insight into the sacrifices being made on their behalf. Starting on the 45th Infantry Division's newspaper and later contributing to Stars and Stripes, the newspaper for American soldiers, he drew his cartoons as he took part in the invasion of Sicily in 1943 and the landing at Anzio... He eventually combed the front lines in his own Jeep.
Stamps, coins, WW2 militaria: Items from the Nazi era grow in price - even camp uniforms (Article no longer available from the original source)
In coin and collectible shows in France and Germany dealers usually offer a variety of relics from the 1940s. On most a small paper dot covered some portion of the item: the swastika portion. Both countries were so decimated, that neither wishes to relive the Nazi era and has banned Nazi symbols. In the 1960s, the trade in German militaria was prolific in US: Nazi daggers, medals, helmets, etc, changed hands for little money. Today, Nazi militaria is much more valuable. David Kols, of Regency Superior Auctions, agrees: He specialized for years in stamps, but now he offers medals, badges, books and armbands from the Luftwaffe to the SS and even Hitler Youth.
442nd Regimental Combat Team: Most decorated American unit in WWII was Japanese
The Oregonian on March 27th had a front page story about a belated campaign to recognize the 442nd Regimental Combat Team by a postage stamp - Idea so far turned down by the U.S. Postal Service. Why? If we can't honor the best and bravest whom then do we honor? Men of 442nd - called "little men of iron" - were American citizens with their belongings looted and parents in American Concentration Camps - but they all still volunteered to serve their country. The 442nd Regiment were granted 9000 Purple Hearts, 1 Congressional, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, 600 Silver Stars, 5200 Bronze Stars and many others military medals.
Strange Adolf Hitler stamp used for psychological warfare campaign for sale
A bizarre stamp featuring a grim skull-like portrait of Adolph Hitler is for sale in Loughborough. Stamp collector Colin Hind told: "I've had it since the 1970s... but now it's time to sell it on." Colin thinks it could be a copy of a forgery from World War II when a psychological warfare campaign (like Operation Sauerkraut and Operation Cornflakes) was waged by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Items like stamps were forged, then sent to Nazi Germany to make a mockery of nazi leaders. The words on the bottom of the stamp were changed from 'Deutches Reich' to 'Futsches Reich'.
Germany's postal system unwittingly printed a set of Rudolf Hess stamps
Germany's national postal system, Deutsche Post, unwittingly printed a set of stamps featuring a picture of Rudolf Hess. Neo-Nazis used a customized postage stamp service to issue 20 stamps featuring Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy. Hess committed suicide in Berlin while serving a life sentence in Spandau prison. He is a hero to neo-Nazis, who often march on the anniversary of his death. The Post staff did not notice they had been deceived into issuing the stamps. "It was a slip-up. Earlier this year, the company intercepted a request to have stamps printed featuring Hitler as a small child," said Dirk Klasen.
WWII tank commander helped launch a new first class stamp
Tank commander Major General Roy Dixon, who saw action in the D-day, was at the Tank Museum in Bovington to help launch a new first class stamp that the museum helped design. The first class stamp, featuring a troop leader of 5th Royal Tank Regiment (RTR) in 1944, has been produced for a series about the history of British Army Uniforms. To launch the stamps Stuart Wheeler modelled the uniform on which the stamp was based whilst standing on the turret of a Sherman Firefly tank. "We had a Firefly in each troop because the main gun on a Cromwell was almost useless against armour. It was quite frustrating to watch our rounds just bouncing off the German tanks," said Dixon.
Nazi memorabilia found in an attic box - Stamps, Propaganda
Gary Bass volunteered to help his mother clean out her attic. Inside an old scrapbook, he found photographs, postcards, stamps, propaganda and memorabilia from Nazi Germany. The pages are falling apart, but the postcards and photographs are still easy to identify. Adolph Hitler, his top generals and commanders in flattering poses - surrounded by thousands of adoring Germans. It was all part of Third Reich`s propaganda machine. In addition to the mass-produced propaganda, the scrapbook contained a dozen pages of cancelled stamps, original photographs of soldiers at military bases and tourist sites, postcards, Nazi song books and collector`s cards.
World War II Navajo code talkers featured on a postage stamp
Before Keith Little went off to WW2, speaking Navajo had only ever got him into trouble. By the time he came home in 1945, it had proved decisive in winning the Pacific military campaign and earned him a niche in history. Navajo code talkers have been the subject of a film and congressional medals. Now, surviving members are to be featured on a postage stamp, and Arizona plans a memorial. When the U.S. was pitched in to the war by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, many Navajo took it personally and rushed to join the armed forces. "We wanted to get even. It was my intention to defend my little piece of land that I was herding sheep on," said Samuel Smith.
Nazi hunter's rare stamp collection to go under the hammer
The stamp collection of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal is expected to fetch 445,000 dollars when it is auctioned in Wiesbaden. Wiesenthal, who dedicated his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals, started collecting stamps in the 1950s. His passion for stamps helped him to catch Adolf Eichmann. Information passed from friends in the world of philately led investigators to Argentina, where Eichmann was captured in 1960 by the Israeli secret service Mossad. Wiesenthal had amassed 1,000 rare stamps by the time of his death.
Stamps for the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross Medal
A Scottish war hero has launched a set of stamps to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross Medal. Flight Lieutenant John Cruickshank is the only living Scottish holder of the bravery medal. The Victoria Cross is the highest recognition for valour that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth Armed Forces. He was an RAF flying officer during the Second World War when he earned the cross during an attack on a German U-boat. He was piloting a Consolidated Catalina flying boat as part of an anti-submarine patrol.
Stamp to honor WWII envoy who defied US no-help policy
66 years ago, Hiram Bingham IV, a blue-blood US diplomat in France, defied U.S. policy by helping Jews escape the Nazis in the early years of World War II. His actions cost him his career but won him the undying gratitude of the more than 2,000 refugees he helped save by issuing them false documents, and even at times sheltering them in his home. Only in recent years has his heroism been officially recognized by his own country. His own children did not learn the extent of his wartime deeds until 1996, when a son found a cache of old journals and correspondence stashed in a hidden closet.