Battle of Britain - Sir Winston Churchill
The second in a two-part series.
In July 1940, most of Western Europe had fallen to the forces of Nazi Germany. The German invasion of Britain, ‘Operation Sealion’, was imminent, but in order for it to succeed, the Royal Air Force had first to be destroyed. During the summer and autumn months of 1940 the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe, launched sustained aerial attacks on Britain, but against enormous odds, the exhausted RAF fighter pilots held on. Frustrated by the inability of the Luftwaffe to break the British resolve, Adolf Hitler postponed ‘Operation Sealion’ on 17 September 1940, meaning that the most critical phase of ‘The Battle of Britain’ was over.
The six stamps in this issue commemorate 75 years since the Battle of Britain and depict some of the key factors that enabled Britain to survive. Together these factors helped to form a springboard for allied victory in World War Two.
Hat-Trick Design, London, has designed the 40’s styled stamps in keeping with the stamps they created for part one of the series: ‘Victory and Liberation- Sir Winston Churchill’.
The special intaglio Miniature Sheet has been created from an engraved portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, produced by acclaimed engraver, Martin Mörck exclusively for Jersey Post. The engraving is based upon a photograph by famous portrait photographer, Yousef Karsh, taken on 30 December 1941.
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 16.07.2015
Designer: Hat-Trick Design and master engraver, Martin Mörck.
Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France
Process: Offset lithography, plus intaglio engraved Mini Sheet
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: Stamp die size: 30mm x 40mmMiniature Sheet size 94mm x 131mm (Stamp within 72mm x 58mm)