75th anniversary of D-Day Landings: special stamps from Royal Mail released

D-Day veterans Leading Stoker, Royal Navy, Fred Lee, 93 and Radar Operator Leonard Hobbs, 94, pose with an enlarged Royal Mail D-Day commemorative stamp at the National Army Museum in Chelsea, London. Credit: Royal Mail

A set of 11 Special Stamps will be issued today, 6 June, to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history

Royal Mail today revealed the 11 Special Stamps being issued to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the start of Operation Overlord, the mission to gain a foothold in France and commence the liberation of Europe.

Men of No. 4 Commando, 1st Special Service Brigade, are briefed by their Commanding Officer, Lt Col R Dawson, just before embarking for Normandy. Credit: Royal Mail

Richard Palusinski, Chair of the Spirit of Normandy Trust, said: “D-Day was one of the most significant events of the twentieth century and had a massive impact on world history. It is fitting that those who participated in securing the freedom we now enjoy should be remembered by the issue of these excellent Special Stamps.”

HMS Warspite, part of Bombardment Force ‘D’, shelling German gun batteries in support of the landings on Sword on 6 June 1944. Credit: Royal Mail

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail said, “The Allied assault of D-Day and Operation Overlord would prove to be one of key turning points of the War. 75 years on, as these events pass from memory into history, our new stamps pay tribute to the courage and sacrifice of all those who took part.”

D-Day Soldiers wade ashore at Juno. Credit: Royal Mail

The stamps and a range of collectible products are available from www.royalmail.com/d-day, by phone on 03457 641 641 and from 6 June in 7,000 Post Offices throughout the UK

For more on the D-Day Landings, see Remembering D-Day and The D-Day Landings