To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Isle of Man Post Office is privileged to issue a new set of stamps, a dedicated collection honouring all the Manx men and women involved in the historic landings. Our set is a special 'stamp on stamp' design and includes the artwork from our 1994 collection.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on 6th June 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history the Normandy beach landings.
The stamps are also featured on our Presentation Pack and First Day Cover,each accompanied by an illustrated card sharing excerpts from the D-Day archives of the Manx Aviation and Military Museum selected by curator Ivor Ramsden.
This stamp-on-stamp presentation, derived from our 50th Anniversary of D Day 1994 commemorative issue depicts the most prominent military leaders of the Allied Forces who formulated plans which marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.
The Commanders featured on the stamps are:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, US Army, Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF).
Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur Tedder RAF, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander.
Lt-Gen Omar Bradley, US Army, Commander 1st US Army.
General Sir Bernard Montgomery, British Army, Commander 21st Army Group.
Major General Walter Bedell Smith, US Army, Chief of Staff.
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey, Royal Navy, Commander Allied Naval Expeditionary Force.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Royal Air Force, Commander in Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force and also in command of the landing phase for Operation Overlord.
Lt-Gen Sir Miles Dempsey, Commander 2nd British Army.
The Spirit of Normandy Trust
The Spirit of Normandy Trust provide financial assistance for veterans of the three Services who served in Normandy, France during WW2 and their dependants who are in need.
Their aim is to increase the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the general public concerning those events leading up to and beyond the Normandy Campaign and their historical significance.
The Trust help people of all ages and from all walks of life, are heavily involved in charitable activities and also provide grants to organisations.
Find the coin collection for the D-Day 70th Anniversary here: https://www.wopa-plus.com/en/coins/product/&pid=53946