|BC625M||D-Day 75th Anniversary Miniature Sheet First Day Cover||£18.50||Pre Order|
Issue Date: 06/06/2019
Issue Name: D-Day
Producer: Buckingham Covers
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 06.06.2019. Southsea is where the D-Day Story Museum is located.
The Normandy landings were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later Europe) from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.
Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal and the operation had to be delayed 24 hours; a further postponement would have meant a delay of at least two weeks as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days each month were deemed suitable.
The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 US, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. [INFO FROM WIKIPEDIA]
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