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Issue Date: 13/09/2018
Issue Name: The Great War Centenary 2018 Set of 10 Covers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Not only did the First World War claim millions of lives, it changed the course of history and transformed the lives of generations to come. This lovely set of 10 Great War centenary covers each feature the set of 6 stamps issued on 13th September, 2018. Each will be on a different cover design and will have a different non Buckingham first day of issue postmark (13th September, 2018).
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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