Sunday, December 22, 2013

Maldive Islands 1950 Palm Tree and Dhow

Recent Acquisition : Maldive Islands 1950 'Palm Tree & Dhow' 25l Purple, Plate 1 Block of 4

The above stamp is Maldive Islands 1950, King George VI Reign. Its  SG 27: 25l purple 'Palm Tree and Dhow' Plate 1 Block of Four, the stamp is Unmounted Mint and the recess printing is by Bradbury Wilkinson

Merry Christmas !!!

Wishing everybody a joyful time and a prosperous New Year 2014!

My Wishes in 2014
God gives You..
12 Month of Happiness,
52 Weeks of Fun,
365 Days Success,
8760 Hours Good Health,
52600 Minutes Good Luck,
3153600 Seconds of Joy..and that's all!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Marshall Islands FDC - 50th anniversary of the Battle of Mers-el-Kebir, July 3rd 1940

History of Battle of Mers-el-kebir :

The Attack on Mers-el-Kébir, part of Operation Catapult and also known as the Battle of Mers-el-Kébir, was a British Navy bombardment of the French Navy at its base at Mers-el-Kébir on the coast of what was then French Algeria on 3 July 1940. A British naval task force attacked the French fleet, which was at anchor and not expecting an assault from the United Kingdom, France's former ally. The attack resulted in the deaths of 1,297 French servicemen, the sinking of a battleship and the damaging of five other ships. France and the United Kingdom were not at war but France had surrendered to Germany, and the UK feared the French fleet would end up as a part of the German Navy, a fate that would greatly increase the Kriegsmarine's size and combat ability. Although French Admiral François Darlan had assured Winston Churchill the fleet would not fall into German possession, the British acted upon the assumption that Darlan's promises were insufficient guarantees.The attack remains controversial to this day, and created much rancour between the United Kingdom and France, but it also demonstrated to the world and to the United States in particular, Britain's commitment to continue the war with Germany at all costs and without allies if need be.

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This cover was issued on July 3rd 1990.