|BC615JM||Jersey Great War Centenary Miniature Sheet Cover||£20.00||Sold Out|
Issue Date: 04/08/2018
Issue Name: Jersey Great War Centenary Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This lovely cover commemorates the centenary of the First World War and features an image of Motor Cycle Despatch Rider, Royal Engineers Signals Service, Corporal Robert Norman, on our centenary of the First World War postman cover and has a Jersey first day of issue postmark.
The Great War
In the spring of 1918, German forces, released from the Eastern Front, launched a major offensive on the Western Front. Despite some minor initial successes, the Germans fought for six months without being able to break the Allied lines. This meant that the war was coming to an end. Allied counter-offensives at the Marne and at Amiens (August) were successful and in the early autumn a hundred days of semi-mobile warfare forced the Germans back beyond the Hindenburg line and freed much of occupied France and Belgium. On 11th November, at 11am in the Forest of Compiègne, an armistice between the Allied forces and Germany was signed and fighting stopped. Other Central powers sued for peace but across the world, millions of young men were dead - 947,000 of them from the British Empire.
At home in Britain, victory was greeted with celebrations and a return to something like normality. So many things had changed, however, and in a General Election held in December, where the coalition government were returned with a massive majority, women over 30 were allowed the vote for the first time.
Although an armistice was agreed in November 1918, it was not until 28th June 1919 that the Treaty of Versailles was signed between the Allied powers and Germany, thus officially ending the “war to end all wars”. Further treaties with the other defeated Central powers followed through 1919 and, in the victorious countries, public celebrations marked the end of hostilities.
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