Issue Date: 6th June
The Allied invasion of Nazi occupied NW France was the largest amphibious assault of all time. Planned for one year in advance, it involved 2m troops from 12 countries. On D-Day the 6 of June some 12,000 aircraft were involved, and in the early hours 24,000 paratroopers and troops in gliders landed behind lines to take out artillery and secure bridges. D-Day is known for the Beach landings across 5 zones by UK, US and Canadian troops. On that first day 132,000 allied troops landed – at an estimated cost of 4400 were killed; and 10,000 injured. D-Day was the start of Operation Overlord, to take back Europe, and by the end of June 875k troops had crossed the channel.
1st Class: Men of No. 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, are briefed by their Commanding Officer, Lt col R Dawson, just before embarking for Normandy.
1st Class: HMS Warspite, part of Bombardment Force ‘D’
£1.35: Paratoopers of the British 6th Airborne Division
£1.35: Commandos of HQ 4th Special Service Brigade
£1.60: An American A-20 Havoc light bomber with D-Day ‘invasion stripes’
£1.60: Troops from the East Yorkshire Regiment
The Cotswold covers with our sponsored postmark on are slightly damaged on the back, where the postmarking has melted the glue on the envelope. Therefore, these are reduced to £13.
Stamps & Postmarks: Spons: Trooper Close, Chester | DDay Innovations, Churchill Axminster | Slapton Sands, Dartmouth | Portsmouth