Jersey post commemorated the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain by issuing six postage stamps and a miniature sheet.
The six stamps in this issue depict some of the key factors that enabled Britain to survive the Battle and which helped form a springboard for allied victory in World War II.
RAF-inspired blues and reds have been used across The Battle of Britain stamps and looking closely the facts about the Battle printed in micro text within the designs are visible.
The Battle of Britain
The Battle of Britain was a Second World War air campaign between the German Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force, which took place from July to September 1940.
In July 1940 most of western Europe was conquered by Nazi forces of Germany. The defeated French signed an armistice and quit World War II. Britain now stood alone against the power of Nazi forces.
The German invasion of Britain, ‘Operation Sealion’, was imminent but in order for it to succeed, the Royal Air Force had first to be destroyed.
During the summer and autumn months of 1940 the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, launched sustained aerial attacks on Britain, but against enormous odds, the exhausted RAF fighter pilots held on.
Frustrated by the inability of the Luftwaffe to break the British resolve, Adolf Hitler postponed ‘Operation Sealion’ on 17 September 1940. The most critical phase of ‘The Battle of Britain’ was over.
The battle received its name from a speech Winston Churchill delivered to the British House of Commons on June 18, 1940, in which he stated “The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin.”
Britain’s situation was more favorable than most of the world recognized at the time. Britain possessed an effective air defecse system, first-rate fighter pilots, and a great military leader.
The Germans had poor intelligence and little idea of British vulnerabilities which led them to face defeat.
Title: 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain
Date of Issue: 10 July 2015
Denominations: 47, 57 ,64, 73, 85, 95, £3
Source: Jersey post
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