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US Marshall Islands - 75c FDC - Allied Landings at Normandy - 1994
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No: 403   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 a close up of the stamp see picture #404

Text on reverse of cover reads:

D-DAY • ALLIED LANDINGS AT NORMANDY

Allied transport planes, bombers and gliders filled the gray sky over Normandy during the early morning hours of June 6,1944. Involved in the largest airborne assault in history were nearly 20,000 men of the British 6th Airborne Division and the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Each man was loaded down with 85 to 100 pounds of gear, then packed into one of 1,200 transport aircraft or 700 gliders. In the darkness and bad weather, several of the drops were off target. Casualties were high, as paratroopers suffocated in marshy swamps, drowned in deep water or simply fell into enemy territory. But those that survived managed to fulfill their objectives — blowing up bridges, destroying concrete bunkers and generally creating havoc for the German defenders.

Stamp Motif: Horsa Gliders, Allied Paratroopers
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 15:19
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