|BC524||Centenary of The Great War 2015 - 'Halt! Who goes there?'||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC524E||Centenary of the Great War 2015, with The Great War, Europhilex special postmark||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC524F||Centenary of the Great War 2015, with a Stamp Exhibition, London Europhilex special postmark||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC524S||Centenary of the Great War 2015, with a Batle postmark, signed by Michael Morpurgo||£30.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 14/05/2015
Issue Name: Centenary of the Great War 2015 - Halt! Who goes there?'
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Centenary of the First World War stamps cover with image of campaign poster of the time "Halt! Who goes there? If you are a friend join the British ranks and help the brave lads at the front". A set of 6 stamps issued on 14th May 2015 with special Battle first day of issue postmark. The stamps feature the following: 1st class Poppies, 1st class Poetry, 1st class Portraits, £1.52 War Art, £1.52 Memorials, and £1.52 Artefacts.
World War I - The Beginning, 1914
The trigger for the first World War came on 28 June 1914, in Sarajevo. Gavrilo Princip, a Slav nationalist, assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austria-Hungary blamed Serbia for the killing and because Europe was linked by a series of diplomatic alliances – Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy (Central Powers) and Britain, France and Russia, the Triple Entente/Allied forces. On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the tenuous peace between Europe's great powers collapsed. Within a week, Russia, Belgium, France, Great Britain and Serbia had lined up against Austria-Hungary and Germany, and World War I had begun.
Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary famously remarked "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime". On the 4th August 1914, Britain sent its own ultimatum to Berlin: halt the invasion of Belgium or face war with Britain as well. A reply was demanded by midnight that night. The first German troops crossed the Belgian frontier at Gemmerich, 30 miles from the fortresss city of Liege that morning. When London received no answer to its ultimatum, Britian declared war on Germany.
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Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE is an English book author, poet, playwright, and librettist who is known best for children's novels such as War Horse