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NAZI GERMANY
STAMPS
1945

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MICHEL 907
600th ANNIV of MUNICIPAL LAW
(Oldenburg)

Issued on 6th Jan 1945 this stamp celebrates the 600th year of the granting of city rights to Oldenburg. The stamp was designed by Vogenauer and produced on 10x5 sheets of unwatermarked paper perforated K14. The stamp depicts Count Anton von Oldenburg.

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Mi 907
6Pf+14Pf
blackish brown purple.
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BREAKING NEWS: 14th Jan
Soviet troops set foot on German territory for the first time.


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BREAKING NEWS: 27th Jan
Soviet troops liberate Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. The full horror of the final solution starts to become clear.



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MICHEL 908
MOBILISATION of the 'HOME GUARD'
(Volkssturm)

This stamp was issued in Feb 1945 to celebrate the Part Militia or "Volkssturm". Depicting 3 Volkssturm members protecting the fatherland the stamp was printed at the Vienna State Printing Office on sheets of 5x10, unwatermarked, yellowish, Perf 14 paper.

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Mi 908
12Pf+8Pf
pink carmine.
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The Volkssturm, "people's storm" was a national militia established by Nazi Germany during the last months of World War II. It was not set up by the German Army, but by the Nazi Party on the orders of Adolf Hitler and its official existence was not announced until 16 October 1945. It was staffed by conscripting males between the ages of 16 and 60 years who were not already serving in some military unit as part of a German Home Guard.

Members of the Volkssturm wore a mixture of uniforms and civilian clothes, whatever they could get their hands on but were identified by their Volkssturm armband.



Below are several photos of Volkssturm members in action.
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Here a Bataillonsführer guides a volksturm member in the use of the Panzerfaust in April 1945. Photo attributed to Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-J31391 / CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Two older volkssturm members surrender to British troops in Bocholt in March 1945. Photo public domain.


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MICHEL 909 and 910
12th ANNIV of the THIRD REICH
(Parteiformationen SA & SS)

Issued: 21st Apr 1945. This was the final issue of Nazi stamps and was produced just weeks before the German defeat in World War II. They feature party organsations: Storm Troopers or 'SA' (Mi909) and the 'SS' (Mi910). Printed by the Vienna State Printing Office on sheets of 10x5, unwatermarked, perf 14 paper.

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Mi 909
12Pf+38Pf.
SA - Sturmabteilung (Brown Shirts).
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Mi 910
12Pf+38Pf.
SS - Schutzstaffel (Black Shirts).
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BREAKING NEWS: 23rd Apr
Soviet troops enter Berlin for the first time.


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BREAKING NEWS: 30th Apr
Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide in Berlin as Soviet troops reach their bunker.


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BREAKING NEWS: 8th May
VE Day. Finally it's all over following Germany's unconditional surrender on the 7th May.


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MICHEL 11
PERMISSION STAMP FELDPOST
(Leros)

Issued: Feb 1945. This stamp is Michel 1 overprinted by a roller handstamp with the word "INSELPOST" in black blue-violet or light violet.

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Mi 11
violet ultramarine
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Michel FP
PERMISSION STAMP FELDPOST
(Leros)

This stamp is Michel 2 overprinted by a roller handstamp with the word "INSELPOST" in black blue-violet or light violet.

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Mi FP
bright brown red to brownish red
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MICHEL 13
U-Boat (SUBMARINE POST) HELA

Issued: Mar 1945. This stamp is a permission stamp fpr use by troops stationed on the Hela Peninsula. Printed broken cutting lines between stamps and no gum.

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Mi 13
pale light blue
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MICHEL 16
PERMISSION STAMP FELDPOST
(Courland)

Issued: Mar 1945. Half of Michel Nr 4 divided vertically used in Courland as permission stamp for air mail.

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Mi 16
bright green / emerald green
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MICHEL 17
PERMISSION STAMP FELDPOST
(Ruhr Pocket)

Issued: Apr 1945. Air mail permission stamp for the troops trapped in the Ruhr pocket. This stamp is a standard Michel 782 with a horizontal "Feldpost" overprint, printed by House Kämper in Meinerzhagen.

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Mi 17
dark yellow brown
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18-Sep-2020 12:56