ISLE OF MAN D-DAY issues 2019

About D-Day 75
To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Isle of Man Post Office is privileged to issue a new set of stamps, a dedicated collection honouring all the Manx men and women involved in the historic landings. Our set is a special 'stamp on stamp' design and includes the artwork from our 1994 collection.
Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on 6th June 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France's Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history the Normandy beach landings.
This stamp-on-stamp presentation, derived from our 50th Anniversary of D Day 1994 commemorative issue depicts the most prominent military leaders of the Allied Forces who formulated plans which marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.

The Commanders featured on the stamps are:
General Dwight D. Eisenhower, US Army, Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF).
Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur Tedder RAF, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander.
Lt-Gen Omar Bradley, US Army, Commander 1st US Army.
General Sir Bernard Montgomery, British Army, Commander 21st Army Group.
Major General Walter Bedell Smith, US Army, Chief of Staff.
Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsey, Royal Navy, Commander Allied Naval Expeditionary Force.
Air Chief Marshall Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory, Royal Air Force, Commander in Chief, Allied Expeditionary Air Force and also in command of the landing phase for Operation Overlord.
Lt-Gen Sir Miles Dempsey, Commander 2nd British Army.

The ships depict which are also depicted on 1994 issues, on the 1st stamp are the:
The left stamp of the se-tenant stamp shows the BEN-MY-CHREE : viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7611
Also, are depict some landing craft in the foreground which are not identified.
The right stamp shows from the top the VICTORIA: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10494
LADY OF MAN: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6022
HMS WARSPITE, shown on the bottom in the right corner: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9921
The landing crafts have not been identified.
The EU stamp shows also on the right stamp landing craft and cargo vessels which have not been identified.

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Postby aukepalmhof » Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:32 pm

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Surrounded by the Irish Sea the Isle of Man is proud of its maritime history Manx vessels of all sizes have played an enormous role in its history, and are fondly and proudly remembered by its people. Many thousands of Manxmen (and women) have made their living from the sea, in various capacities, as boatbuilders, fishermen, merchant sailors, or stewardesses.

This beautiful stamp collection is based on paintings of Manx born John Halstsall who was born during World War II in Douglas but raised in Laxey. The sea and ships captivated him from his earliest days and all his life John worked on the high seas. First and last with the Isle of Man Steam Packet but with nearly 30 years in between as local fisherman and 'deep sea' merchant seaman. John continued to paint his favourite subjects in oil and watercolour right up to his death in 2017: Manx vessels of every variety, harbour views, and, occasionally, the Laxey Wheel. John worked with integrity, conviction and humility and brought his love of the wide open seas indoors, captured in paint.
The following ships are beautifully illustrated by John Halsall on this set of six stamps.

The STAR OF INDIA (1863) was constructed as the EUTERPE, by the Ramsey ship yard. She is the oldest iron-hulled merchant ship still floating. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8885&p=17268#p17268

The LADY ELIZABETH (1879) was not Manx built but was commanded by George Christian Karran of the Karran Fleet, sailing out of Castletown. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10313&p=14159#p14159
The Nobby WHITE HEATHER (1904) was built by Neakle & Watterson of Peel, and was registered as a fishing boat with port code PL5. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16820

EMPRESS QUEEN (1897) was the most powerful paddle steamer ever constructed, and during the First World War she became a troopship. She was lost when she ran aground on the Isle of Wight. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16821

SS KING ORRY (1913) was built by Cammell-Laird at Birkenhead. She became an armed boarding vessel in the North Sea, searching for contraband and enforcing the blockade against Germany until returning to passenger duties between the wars. She was lost to enemy action whilst taking part in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8369&p=10678#p10678

LADY OF MAN was constructed by Ailsa Shipbuilding at Troon. After decommissioning in 2005 the Lady of Mann ended her days as a passenger ferry in the Aegean, before being broken up in Turkey in 2011. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7610&p=12870#p12870

Matthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage Curator of Social History, who wrote the issue text for our collection, said: "I am delighted and honoured once again to be asked to contribute to a stamp issue featuring the work of the late John Halsall. His work does so much to capture the rich maritime heritage of the Isle of Man, and brings to life the many significant vessels which have sailed from its harbours."
Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said: "We are honoured to be able to continue our series of maritime history with the impressive and beautiful paintings of John Halsall. We are very grateful to his family for permission to use his work once more for this collection."

Our issue would not have been possible without the gracious assistance of the Halsall family who, in memory of John and their mother Sheila, will be making donations to IOM Hospice and the RNLI; charities with which both had close associations that have benefitted from John's work in the past.
The 'Maritime History II' collection is available as Set and Sheet Set, Presentation Pack and First Day Cover. For further information, please see .
Images: John Halsall

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