|BC332A||Lest we Forget 2008 Poppy Stamps Cover, unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BC332AS||Lest we Forget 2008 Poppy Stamps Cover, signed Mark Donaldson VC||£45.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 06/11/2008
Issue Name: Lest we Forget 2008 Poppy Stamps Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The final issue of the three in the Lest We Forget series commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. This lovely cover features all 3 poppy stamps in a strip, with our choice of postmark, and is available signed by Mark Donaldson VC.
World War I
World War I started with the asassination of a minor royal in the Balkans in 1914, triggering the powderkeg of unrest that was in Europe. It was the world's first truly global conflict. It was fought across five continents and involved thirty countries.
It was the start of the twentieth century, but transport as we know it today had not yet been invented. Cavalrymen still rode to war on horseback, brandishing sabres but alongside them were cars, primitive tanks, and by the end of the war, aeroplanes were in use.
After four years of terrible fighting, with men dying in flooded trenches, gassed with mustard gas and blown to smithereens with bombs and mortar fire, an estimated 13,000,000 soldiers were dead or missing. Europe had lost almost an entire generation of men. Countries had lost all the able bodied men, either taken away as prisoners or killed. Unknown numbers of civillians lay dead. The landscape of Europe looked like a lunar surface.
Almost overnight, empires that had taken centuries to build were gone. The United States had transformed itself into a world power. At the Paris peace negotiations the world looked to Woodrow Wilson as a peacemaker and embodiment of democracy.
The way war fought changed forever.
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Mark Gregor Strang Donaldson, VC is an Australian soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system