Issue Date: 15/07/2015
Issue Name: 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo Stamp Sheet
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The 18th June sees the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and to commemorate this occasion we have produced this stunning stamp sheet presentation pack. This sheet features a dramatic scene of the Charge of the Scots Greys.
Bicentenary of The Battle of Waterloo
Napoleon Boneparte rose to prominence towards the end of the French Revolution with military success in Italy. He was a very popular military leader and took power in a coup d'état in 1799, installing himself as First Consul of France, later calling himself Emperor. He fought a series of wars across Europe, known as the Napoleonic Wars. He won many victories, making France the main power in Europe, which he kept by making extensive alliances and putting his friends and family members to rule other European countries as French vassal states.
His end began when he faced Sir Arthur Wellesley during The Peninsular War (1807–14) in Spain. Not only was this a very punishing war, but he also decided to invade Russia in 1812. Stretched on two fronts and facing the harsh Russian winter, his Grande Armée was badly weakened and never fully recovered.
Sir Arthur Wellesley had a fine battle record. Between 1794 and 1815 Wellesley had been in a number of military campaigns where he achieved tactical,strategic, and decisive victories in India and across six countries of Western Europe. He successfully fought many of Napoleon's marshals. He rose to
prominence as a general during the Peninsular campaign and was promoted to the rank of field marshal after leading the allied forces to victory against the French at the Battle of Vitoria in 1813.
In 1813, the Sixth Coalition of Austria, Prussia, Russia, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and a number of German States defeated Napoleon’s forces at the Battle of Leipzig and invaded France. Napoleon was forced to abdicate and go in exile to the island of Elba. In 1815 he escaped and, resuming his title of Emperor of France, returned to power for 100 days. His army flocked to rejoin him and on June 18th 1815 he faced the Duke of Wellington’s allied forces and the Prussian army led by General Blücher at Waterloo. He was defeated for the last time. He spent the last six years of his life confined by the British on the remote island of Saint Helena.
Following Napoleon's exile in 1814, Sir Arthur Wellesley served as the ambassador to France and and became First Duke of Wellington. He was a British hero.
He was twice Prime Minister of Great Britain and is still today numbered among the hundred Greatest Britons.
A stamp sheet is around A4 size and contains 10 first class stamps (the Union Jack stamps in this stamp sheet being an example) contained in a special design. The stamps are valid for postage, but you don't want to be ripping this up! Most people collect sheets in an album although some of them frame them for the wall.
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Total number of sheets printed: 350
Jason Salkey (born 24th April 1962) is an English actor who began his career at the age of nine. He was born in London, England. His father was the noted writer, Andrew Salkey. Salkey attended the Holland Park School in England before moving to Amherst, Massachusetts where he graduated High School from Amherst Regional High School in 1980. He then earned his degree in Acting and Directing from Hampshire College in Amherst. While in school, Salkey became a skilled Frisbee player and eventually went on to become the two-time European Freestyle Frisbee champion.
The actor is most well known for playing the educated rifleman, Harris, in the Sharpe series alongside Sean Bean. Salkey has also produced and released, along with Drew Sutton, ten DVD video diaries of his time working on the Sharpe series entitled, The Video Diaries of Rifleman Harris. His other movie roles include: Memphis Belle (1990), The Russia House (1990), The Fifth Element (1997), FairyTale: A True Story (1997), In America (2002) and About a Boy (2002).
The actor has had multiple appearances on British television. Salkey also starred in an advertisement for Miller Lite in the UK in 1988, with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" as the ad's theme. The song reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1988, 19 years after its original release, as a result of the ad's success.
The actor often attends history shows to promote his Sharpe merchandise and meet his fans.
The actor is married to Natasha Salkey and has one son, Daniel.