Sunday, June 13, 2010

Great Britain - Dunkirk Stamps

The Dunkirk evacuation history:

The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo by the British, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between 27 May and 4 June 1940, when British, French and Belgian troops were cut off by the German army during the Battle of Dunkirk in the Second World War.

The Stamp Detail:

A special series of four stamps has been issued to commemorate the Dunkirk evacuation, Royal Mail has announced.
The four stamps, released to mark the 70th anniversary of Operation Dynamo, feature black and white images depicting the famous rescue of more than 300,000 Allied troops stranded on the beaches of Normandy by the Royal Navy and a 'mini-Armada' of civilian vessels in 1940.

The first class stamp shows the evacuation of British soldiers from the beach at Dunkirk, queuing to be picked up by a Royal Navy destroyer.
Small vessels making up the fleet of "little ships" appear on the 60p stamp.Relief on the faces of British soldiers on board a Royal Navy destroyer as it arrives in Dover is clear to see on the 88p stamp, while the 97p stamp shows two boats returning from Dunkirk packed with evacuees.

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