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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.
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

Holland to Spain 1942 
Holland to Spain 1942
7½ on 7c PS card cancelled 'Sgravenhage ornamental slogan d/s; to Spain, 24 January 1942; German swastika censor cachet; Spanish censor cachets (3) in violet) plus small boxed red control h/s (German?) 4206; scarce use on postal card

Reference: S973
£20.00

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

French Occupation of the Rhineland, 1924
French Occupation of the Rhineland, 1924
Sower 3 x 20c + 3 x 5c all cancelled Poste Aux Armées 191 (128th Infantry Division, Duren) for a 75c rate; during the French military occupation of the Rhineland, 1919-30; to Washington, County Durham 13 September 1924; faults to envelope but a scarce franking

Reference: S912
£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

US Army PO in Fiji 1944
US Army PO in Fiji 1944
US 6c Air Mail envelope cancelled 'US Army Postal Service APO 913' 16 March 1944 to New York; boxed red censor h/s 'Passed by Army Examiner J S 14279'; no b/s; neat Fiji cover

Reference: S857
£21.00

USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
USA, mail to RAF India 1944, censored
Strip 4 x 3c, 8c, 50c definitives cancelled New York Station K duplex 10 November 1944 & New York Grand Central Annexe 13 November 1944, on airmail envelope to RAF India; violet h/s 'Air'; censored with tape 'Opened by Examiner' tied with octagonal shield censor h/s 'Passed Dec/12'; on reverse violet h/s "Return for Additional Postage, Air Mail fee must be fully pre-paid"; weight, rate, etc crossed out, with purple h/s 'For additional postage' on front crossed out; no arrival b/s

Reference: S855
£30.00

German POW in France, 1917
German POW in France, 1917
POW card to a German prisoner in France; cancelled d/r bridged cds Cassel 7u, 5 March 1917; to Riom, Puy de Dome; red boxed cachet P.G. VISE/13e REGION; black boxed cachet 'Prisonnier de Guerre/Romans/Verifié/Par les Interprètes; m/s "Kriegsgefangensendung (Par la Suisse)"

Reference: S838
£21.00

French Civilian Mail from Austria, 1917
French Civilian Mail from Austria, 1917
French Civilian Mail from Austria, 1917
7½ pfg Germania cancelled German Army bridged cds K.D. Feldpost (with other details erased); from Hohentwiel, Austria to St Remy, 30 June 1917; violet boxed censor cachet 'Gepruft/P.U.St; message in French, from French civilian (in occupied France?); on decorative PPC

Reference: S837
£20.00

US Military Pouch Mail 1944US Military Pouch Mail 1944US Military Pouch Mail 1944
Receipt card (from a diplomatic or military pouch) from French Guiana to Miami, 16 March 1944, with instructions to cancel and return; cancelled US Army Postal Service APO 418, 17 March 1944; to the US Army Embarcation APO Box 589, Miami; scarce survival of this card

Reference: S825
£20.00

Austria commemorative card 1909
Austria commemorative card 1909
Austria commemorative card 1909
5 Heller green on buff commemorative PS card with illustration of the Battle of Aspern (May 1809) on the obverse; pre-cancelled with the Battle Centenary Exhibition special d/s, Vienna 22 May 1909

Reference: S819
£15.00

Hungary, military mail 1916
Hungary, military mail 1916
Unfranked envelope,'en franchise' for military use, from Tabori to Graz, 16 February 1916; decorative d/r bridged cds TABORIA POSTA HIVATAL 41; vf strike of military cachet with coat of arms 'K.u.K. RESERVE TELEGRAPHEN-BAN-ABTEILUNG' in violet

Reference: S817
£20.00

British POW letter to Stalag XIA 1945
British POW letter to Stalag XIA 1945
2½d POW air letter to a British POW in Stalag XIA, cancelled Stafford m/c d/s 10 January 1945; from a mother to her son; no censor marks; no b/s; some age marks

Reference: S816
£16.00

Indian Forces in North Africa 1942, censored
Indian Forces in North Africa 1942, censored
Indian 4 annas Air Mail Post Card cancelled Field Post Office 259; crowned circular censor h/s 'Passed by Censor No. 4230'; from a driver with the Indian Forces in N. Africa to Merthyr Tydfil; with a thank-you note for a gift from the Comforts Committee at home

Reference: S812
£18.00

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