Royal Mail D-Day

Royal Mail D-Day

A few days ago, Royal Mail published details of their 2019 special stamp programme and in an announcement on Twitter they provided examples from a range of subjects. These included sets of the UK’s Birds of Prey and stamps to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of both Queen Victoria and the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Royal mail Tweet

Now you would think that a company that employs 160,000 people and with a revenue of £10 billion per annum would have competent marketing, PR and social media teams.

Not so, the tweet read “It’s time, our 2019 Special Stamp calendar has been revealed! Showcasing the “Best of British” the programme features a range of subjects: from a celebration of the UK’s Birds of Prey to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.“

Included in the Twitter post were pictures of the putative stamps including one with an image of troops engaged in a beach landing, overprinted with “D-Day Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore”.

Landing craft at  Sarmi

Unfortunately, the beach landing has nothing to do with D-Day but shows US troops on a beach landing at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea (now Indonesia) in May 1944. The original photograph is in the National WWII Museum, New Orleans.

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