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2020 WWII 75 Years Set of Cancelled Stamps

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Cancelled sheet of 15 gummed stamps.

Individual stamps included in this set

$1.30 Mobilising the Nation

A soldier is met by a group of children in Wellington after his return from the Middle East on a hospital ship.

$1.30 HMS Achilles

In Auckland, crowds turned out to welcome HMS Achilles, returning to New Zealand after the Battle of the River Plate.

$1.30 Fighter pilots

New Zealand fighter pilots beside a Supermarine Spitfire in England, 15 July 1942. A single-seat fighter, the Spitfire established a formidable record during the Battle of Britain. It remains an iconic aircraft.

$1.30 Retreat from Crete

An injured soldier assisted off a ship in Alexandria, Egypt, after the evacuation from Crete.

$1.30 28th (Māori) Battalion

Members of the 28th (Māori) Battalion driving through the Italian town of Sora, 3 June 1944. They are (from left): Kiwi Cribb, David McClutchie, Whiwhi Winiata, Repoma Thompson and Dick Huata.

$1.30 Women’s War Service Auxillary

Women from the Auxiliary Army Corp worked on a wide range of war-critical jobs as part of the defence effort at home.

$1.30 Railway Construction in Africa

Men of the New Zealand Railway Construction Company laying track to be used to supply British forces in the North African desert, c. October 1941.

$1.30 At rest in the Pacific

Members of the 3rd Division at ease at Vella Lavella, located in the Solomon Islands, c. 1944.

$1.30 American Servicemen in Wellington

American servicemen with New Zealand women at Oriental Bay, Wellington, c. 1942.

$1.30 Merchant Marine

Merchant seamen pose on the Union Steam Ship Company’s Kaiwarra in Auckland, December 1940, while loading Royal New Zealand Air Force planes for delivery to Fiji.

$1.30 Bomber Command

Members of 75 (NZ) Squadron at RAF Feltwell, England. They are passing a Wellington (Mk I), a four-crew, medium bomber that served as one of Bomber Command’s principal bombers in the early years of the war.

$1.30 Air raid drill in Auckland

Pupils and teachers at Devonport School entering air raid shelters during a drill, April 1942.

$1.30 Home Guard

Members of the Home Guard training in Waikato. Lacking uniforms, they have been issued with identifying armbands.

$1.30 Monte Cassino

Gordon Reid of the 4th Armoured Brigade in the ruins of Cassino, 18 May 1944. He is operating communication equipment and sits beside a Sherman tank.

$1.30 Peace Celebration in Wellington

A Wellington crowd on VJ Day, 15 August 1945, celebrating the end of the war.

WWII 75 Years Stamps

Date of issue: 1 April 2020
Number of stamps: 15 gummed stamps
Denominations: 15 x $1.30
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by: Nicky Dyer, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours plus PMS yellow and spot overgloss
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 50mm (horizontal)
Stamp sheet size and format: 180mm x 235mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 15
Perforation gauge: 14.40 x 14
Period of sale: Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until 31 March 2021. First day covers will remain on sale until 27 May 2020.