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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

Items in category Military, most recent first.
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czechoslovakia to British Zone of Occupied Germany, 1947
Czech 2.40 pictorial and 1.60 Lidice (SG 488, 494) on plain envelope to the British Zone of occupied Germany; from Trutnova to Düsseldorf, 2 September 1947; with blue official cachet of Trutnova; opened by British censor & sealed with tape 'Opened by Examiner 2345'; tied with circular cachet 'British Censorship Germany 0140' front & back; attractive combination

Reference: S1041
£25.00

France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France to US forces in Japan, 1942
France pictorials 25fr and 50fr cancelled Marseille machine d/s, to US Forces in Yokohoma, Japan, 28 February 1948; US civil censor sealing strip and h/s used by the Occupation Forces in Japan; no postal b/s

Reference: S1035
£25.00

Madagascar Military Expedition card 1895
Madagascar Military Expedition card 1895
Special military PS card 1895 inscribed 'Corps Expéditionnaire de Madagascar' & 'Franchise Postale', unused; plus notes on the background history of French control of Madagascar in 1895, with map

Reference: S1010
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Military internment envelope with cachet CAMP MILITAIRE d'INTERNEMENT BUSSWIL; undated but c1942; to Zurich; from an Italian citizen; h/s 365; no b/s; on reverse trilingual Swiss censor label

Reference: S1005
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Italian internee in Switzerland 1942
Military internment envelope with cachet CAMP MILITAIRE d'INTERNEMENT FRIBOURG FRANK DE PORT; undated, but c1942; to Geneva; from an Italian internee; h/s 315; no b/s

Reference: S1004
£20.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Military internment envelope used within Berne, c1941, with d/r PORTOFREI cachet for an interned Italian citizen; h/s 315; incomplete b/s undated

Reference: S1003
£15.00

Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Italian internee in Switzerland 1941
Military internment envelope from Berne Schönbühl to Zurich with PORTOFREI cachet; c1941; from an interned Italian soldier; h/s 822; no b/s

Reference: S1002
£15.00

French Post Office in Smyrna to Belgium registered 1921
French Post Office in Smyrna to Belgium registered 1921
France 2 x 5c Sower + 2 x 50c Merson on envelope registered with label (T&P 528) from French Post Offices in Levant, h/s 'Recommendéé'; cancelled with military s/r cds Tresor et Postes 928, 8 February 1921, from Bank of Athens Smyrna (label on reverse; b/s s/r cds Charleroi 11 Feb 1921

Reference: S991
£25.00

GPO used by FPO Germany 1957
GPO used by FPO Germany 1957
QE2 Wilding ½d orange x 5; cancelled Field Post Office 414, then at Wilhemshaven; to Catford, London, 18 January 1957; m/s 'Forces Airmail'; no b/s; nice neat franking

Reference: S982
£15.00

GB to Bombay 1944 censored
GB to Bombay 1944 censored
GB KGVI 1d x 3, 2d, 2½d x 4 (for 1/3 rate) from Millom, Cumberland to Bombay, with d/r cds 18 January 1944 & MS 'By Air Mail'; censor tape 'Opened by Examiner P.C.90'; tied with shield type crown h/s 'Passed DHC/50' & h/s on front DHC/126; forwarded to 10/12th F.F.R. Sialkot; b/s Bombay 15 Mar 1944 + unclear cds 17 March

Reference: S981
£16.00

GB to India readdressed to France 1915
GB to India readdressed to France 1915
2 x GB KGV ½d on PPC of Admiral Jellicoe from Marby, Glamorgan to the Interpreter Poona Horse, Indian Cavalry, France; readdressed to French mission St Omer; then forwarded to a Camp de Cav Bratonne (?); m/s in red ink 'Dépot du 41e Artillerie'; Fr. Military css TRESOR et POSTES 2 23 April 1915; did it arrive ?

Reference: S980
£20.00

Holland to USA 1940
Holland to USA 1940
7½+2½ on 5c portrait PS card cancelled with ornamental slogan d/s 'SGRAVENHAGE; to New York, 10 December 1940; red German swastika censor's cachet; black C in circle inspector's mark (USA); scarce use on postal card

Reference: S974
£18.00

German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
German Occupation of Lorraine, 1940
12pfg Hindenburg issue overprinted LOTHRINGEN, cancelled with boxed provisional d/s GROSS HATTINGEN in volet; very faint German censor cachet and red crayon cross; no b/s

Reference: S966
£20.00

GB Crimean War 1854
GB Crimean War 1854
Stampless envelope with unclear m/s charge mark 6(?), m/s "Army in the Crimea", 28th November (1854); to Dublin "via Marseilles"; on front faint blue arrival cds Kingstown 28 December; on reverse faint transit mark (London) 18 December; ex Reg Hindley Russia collection

Reference: S952
£30.00

USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA to Polish Forces censored 1941
USA 5c MacDowell portrait cancelled s/r cds 13 May 1941 on envelope to Polish sergeant; forwarded, opened, and resealed roughly by British Censor's tape; h/s oval cachet BIURO POCZTOWE 1 KORPUSU 19 July 1941 & 23 July 1941; no b/s; some age wear

Reference: S927
£25.00

French Morocco 1916
French Morocco 1916
TRESOR ET POSTES MEKNES s/r cds on economy envelope inscribed in m/s 'Troupe Occidental du Maroc, envoi du soldat...Meknes' ; no b/s, minor faults to envelope

Reference: S926
£20.00

French Morocco 1914French Morocco 1914
military s/r cds Tresor et Postes aux Armées Marrrakech 22 April 1914, on economy envelope, m/s S.M. (Service Militaire) sent 'en franchise' (post free); VF blue cachet Artillerie Coloniale 42 Batterie de 65 du Maroc, to Casablanca, no b/s, small fault to envelope

Reference: S925
£25.00

USA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censoredUSA Forces in Trinidad 1942, censored
5 x 3c President Jefferson definitive on airmail envelope cancelled American Base Forces APO 803 11 April 1942 to New Orleans; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by US Army Examiner 715', no b/s, from the American Forces in Trinidad durng WW2, scarce source

Reference: S920
£25.00

Switzerland to Polish Corps 1941
Switzerland to Polish Corps 1941
Swiss 60c William Tell (SG 406) on airmail envelope cancelled bridged d/r cds MORGES 22 August 1941; oval h/s "BIURO POLSKJ I KORPUS" 18 September 1941; forwarded from London GPO PO box, blue-green h/s '13 Sep 1941'; m/s 2/1 DAC (red) P/53 (blue); British censor's tape 'Opened by Examiner 787'

Reference: S908
£20.00

Polish forces in GB 1945 censored
Polish forces in GB 1945 censored
Polish Warsaw Rising issue 1944 1+2 zlt on registered envelope to Polish Forces CMF 125, with special boxed cancellation POLSKA MARYNARKA WOJENNA AGENCJA POCZTCWA (also on registered label); opened by British Censor Examiner 1586; b/s Poczta Polowa(?) 132, 26 May 1945; scarce combination

Reference: S899
£40.00

French POW in Germany, 1942
French POW in Germany, 1942
Reply paid part of POW card from Bourges, 22 August 1942 to a French POW at Stalag VIF, Bocholt, Westphalia with censor h/s of the camp, (to Working Party No 83)

Reference: S888
£15.00

British POW in Germany 1918
British POW in Germany 1918
PPC of a rural scene, from British Royal Fusiliers POW in a camp in Mecklenberg, to Canterbury, 19 May 1918; with fine purple cachet "Kriegsgefangenenlager Parchim/Gebrüft F.A. No 86 Postprufungsstelle"; overstruck by red London Paid m/c d/s 22 August 1918; a nice POW example with all marks clean

Reference: S887
£15.00

French Morocco Tafrant 1933
French Morocco Tafrant 1933
Stampless envelope with fine Déesse military cachet 'Bureau des Affaires Indiennes Trafrant'; s/r bridge provisional cds 'Vaguamestre de.... Tafrant' 24 Fev 1933; b/s Fez, Maroc 24 Feb 1933; rare cachets

Reference: S869
£35.00

French Morocco Fez 1914
French Morocco Fez 1914
Stampless envelope with m/s "Sce Mre" (Service Militaire); s/r military cds 'Tresor et Postes aux Armées Fez' 16 April 1914 to Casablanca; with blue military 'Déesse' cachet; no b/s

Reference: S868
£25.00

French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
French Morocco, Casablanca 1912
Stampless envelope endorsed in m/s 'Troupes débarqués au Maroc'; s/r military cds 'Tresor et Postes aux Armées Casablanca'; to Paris, 19 June 1912; on reverse oval cachet 'Poste aux Armées 17 Juin 1912 Fedalah (Maroc)'; signed by the Médecin Major; a rare combination of marks

Reference: S867
£40.00

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