25 October 2015

War Stamps

The theme for today's Sunday Stamps-II is Commemorating a battle or a disaster. This is not my favourite topic, but I have recently received some interesting stamps about.


American Revolutionary WarWar of 1812 / Red Cloud's War


The War of 1812 was a military conflict, lasting for two and a half years, fought by the United States of America against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. T

The first stamp commemorates the final of it, the Battle of New Orleans, and was issued on January 8, 2014 (more information). The second stamp was issued on September 13, 2014 and its subject is the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland two hundred years before (More information).

The following stamp does not commemorate a battle, but the leader of the Red Cloud's War, an armed conflict between the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Northern Arapaho on one side and the United States in Wyoming and Montana territories from 1866 to 1868.

Sybil Ludington was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The commemorative stamp was issued on March 25, 1975, belonging to a set of four (more information). I have read here that "Inscriptions on the back of each stamp (in emerald green; under the gum) briefly tell the story of the individual featured on the front of the stamp".

This postcard was a great lesson of USA history!


Battle of Waterloo


The Royal Mail marked the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with a series of six stamps reproducing 19th century paintings that depict, in chronological order, key events and exchanges of the Battle. You can read more about this issue here.


World War I



British and Hungarian stamps issued on the same day: July 28, 2014, to commemorate the beginning (why not the end?!?) of the Great War (1914-1918).

The British stamps show the poppie, symbol of this war and the poem For the Fallen, by Laurence Binyon. More information and the whole set. The Hungarian stamp honours officer's assembled-line and a map in the background. More details about this issue.

10 comments:

  1. Excellent selection. I think the WW1 stamp series from Royal Mail is particularly impressive - they have the right amount of hostly and gravitas while embracing a modern look to the stamps.

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    1. I think this set is great. Every stamp is different; I have received only these.the transparency of the poppy is really a beautiful design.

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  2. Oh, quan surtin els segells catalans hi deurà haver Guerra dels Segadors, Guerra de Successió...

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    1. Vols dir? Es podrien triar temes més alegres...

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  3. I've not seen the Waterloo stamps before.

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    1. They look great on postcards and stamps.

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  4. I hadn't heard of Sybil before. I should perhaps have used our War of 1812 stamps, one of which featured Laura Secord who walked for miles in the dark to warn the British of the American's plans! That would have been a nice complement to yours.
    Love the poppy set.

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    1. The stamps are wonderful to learn about history!

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  5. Thank you for all your information and research. Very interesting!
    Usually I don't look close at war stamps, because of some 'war allergy'. But one (er, I) should know more about history and stamps, and your post, help to know more!

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    1. As I wrote, it is not my favourite topic either. I can't understand why postal services commemorate the beginning of the wars. It would be better, anyway,to commemorate the end.
      But I recognise that stamps are a good way of learning about history and interesting people.
      I especially like the poppy.

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