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US Marshall Islands - 75c FDC - Allied Landings at Normandy - 1994
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No: 399   Contributor: Jean Pryer   Year: 1994   Country: United States of America
US Marshall Islands - 75c FDC - Allied Landings at Normandy - 1994

US Marshall Islands - 75c FDC - Allied Landings at Normandy - 1994

For close up of stamp see picture #400

Back of First Day Cover reads:

D-DAY • ALLIED LANDINGS AT NORMANDY

By June of 1944, German defenses along the open beaches of France's crucial Channel coast — built primarily by slave labor — were formidable. Besides steel-reinforced concrete bunkers for gun emplacements, the entire shoreline from Cherbourg to Calais had been barricaded with half-a-million assorted anti-invasion obstacles, including more than four million explosive mines. Huge logs and steel beams had been driven into the sand and tipped with mines or metal teeth to cut through landing craft. Concrete antitank obstacles lined the beaches. Marshal Ervin Rommel called it the "zone of death," adding, "The war will be won or lost on the beaches." He was right. Unfortunately, for the Germans, it would be a devastating defeat from which they would not recover.

Stamp Motif: German Gun Emplacement
Stamp Designer: Brian Sanders
First Day Cover Designer: Brian Sanders
Typographer: Denise Fetzer
Stamps Printed by: Unicover Corporation
Stamp Printing Process: Offset
Picture added on 07 October 2009 at 15:07
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