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Britain Royal Mail Screw Up With Stamp For D-Day

 
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Posted 12/29/2018   12:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add floortrader to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Great Britain postal service issued a stamp for D-Day in France . But used a picture of Allied troops landing in Dutch New Guinea .



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Posted 12/29/2018   12:50 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This wasn't "issued", I think - the mistake was noticed when the designs of forthcoming stamps were shown.
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Posted 12/29/2018   01:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks GeoffHa. I should of said it was announced for issue .
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Posted 12/29/2018   01:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
An earlier thread covered this story:

http://goscf.com/t/65333
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Posted 12/29/2018   03:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 65170 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It is rare for Royal Mail to release imagery of forthcoming issues WAY in advance, as these days it often loves to keep its designs embargoed until just before the issue date. If ever there was a reason to always release designs early, this is it!
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Posted 12/29/2018   11:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps the designers did this intentionally. Many of the photos of the Normandy landings include bodies in the surf. This photo could have been chosen out of consideration for the descendents, I.e. for reasons of "political correctness".
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Posted 12/29/2018   11:16 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could be. Irrespective of the error, this seemed to me not to convey the grim nature of the landings.
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Posted 12/29/2018   12:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Not showing dead bodies is more a matter of a decent respect for the opinion of mankind - especially the families - than of "political correctness".

Moreover, in a US stamp, it would honor the American wartime practice: the very first time an American newspaper was permitted to publish a photograph that included a dead American soldier was fairly late in the war. This was explained, credibly, as a matter of maintaining civilian morale (read "support for the war").

Lastly, there are zillions of D-Day photos that show the landings that are free of dead bodies.

One of them might even show my father, who was fond of saying that he crossed Omaha Beach "eight waves behind the nurses".

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 12/29/2018   1:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Ikey. Badly stated by me.
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