Issue Date: 06/06/2019
Issue Name: D-Day 75th Anniversary Miniature Sheet First Day Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 6th June 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare. On D-Day, 6th June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed 'Operation Overlord', the Allied landing on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north west Europe from German occupation.
Normandy Landings collectable featuring five stamps in a miniature sheet, each highlighting one of the D-Day beaches; Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno & Sword. Design highlights ‘Mulberry Harbour “B”’ on part of Gold Beach and includes our Southsea, Portsmouth postmark (6th June, 2019). Southsea is where the D-Day Story Museum is located.
6th June 1944 began one of greatest undertakings in the history of war. D-Day (or Operation Overlord) was the largest amphibious operation in history which paved the way for Allied victory on the Western Front and the liberation of German-occupied France. The preparations for D-Day began in early 1943, planned by Allied leaders and others in the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. Four sites were initially considered for the landings: Normandy, Brittany, Pas-de-Calais and the Cotentin Peninsula. Brittany and the Cotentin Peninsula were rejected for the landings as the landscape could provide the German army with the opportunity to cut off the advance. Pas-de-Calais was heavily defended by the German army as it was the most likely place for an invasion and so Normandy was chosen.
British Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay was in command of Operation Neptune which co-ordinated Naval operations for D-Day. The vast fleet was drawn from eight different navies, comprising 6,939 vessels: 1,213 warships, 4,126 landing craft of various types, 736 ancillary craft, and 864 merchant vessels.
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