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Battle of Waterloo stamps released by Royal Mail: Linn's Buzz

June 18, 2015 03:24 PM

  • Royal Mail’s souvenir sheet commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo includes four stamps showing rank-and-file soldiers of the Anglo-allied, Prussian and French armies. A map of the battle from a 19th-century engraving by Alexander Keith Johnston is pictured in the selvage.

  • Paintings depicting six key events and exchanges during the June 18, 1815, Battle of Waterloo are shown on stamps to be released June 18 by Great Britain’s Royal Mail, which worked with historians and art historians for this issue.

By Joe O'Donnell

1. Waterloo stamps released

The Royal Mail's 10 new stamps marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo are now available. 

The issue was released June 18, the same date that Napoleon's forces fell to British and Prussian opposition in 1815. 

Our Linn's Stamp News coverage from May 21 explained the stamp designs:

"Six of the stamps represent key events of the battle: the defense of Hougoumont farm; the Scots Greys at the charge of the Union Brigade; the massed ranks charge of the French cavalry, which was repulsed by British infantry squares; the King’s German Legion’s defense of La Haye Sainte farm; the arrival of the Prussians and the capture of Plancenoit; and the final attack of the French Imperial Guard.

"The other four stamps feature rank-and-file soldiers who fought in the battle."

Buy the stamps here

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3. 50 years of 'special' stamps

"Royal Mail is installing plaques picturing British stamps on 50 public mailboxes across the United Kingdom. ... Each of the 50 mailboxes is located in a city, town or village that has a special connection with the featured stamp."

4. On this date

Artist James Montgomery Flagg, who created the iconic Uncle Sam army recruitment poster, was born June 18, 1877.

"That poster was featured on a 32¢ stamp commemorating the U.S. entry into World War I, as part of the Celebrate the Century issue from 1998 recalling the decade of the 1910s (Scott 3183i)."

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