Ukraine Under German Occupation #N45 (1941)

Ukraine Under German Occupation #N45 (1941)

During World War II, Reichskommissariat Ukraine (abbreviated as RKU), was the civilian occupation regime of much of German-occupied Ukraine. It excluded several parts of present-day Ukraine, and included some territories outside of its modern borders. It extended in the west from the Volhynia region around Lutsk, to a line from Vinnytsia to Mykolaiv along the Southern Bug river in the south, to the areas surrounding … Continue reading Ukraine Under German Occupation #N45 (1941)

Jersey Under German Occupation #N8 (1943)

Jersey Under German Occupation #N8 (1943)

On June 30, 1940, the Nazi German armed forces (Wehrmacht) invaded Jersey and the other Channel Islands, starting a five-year occupation that wouldn’t end until May 9, 1945. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War II. Anticipating a swift victory over Britain, the occupiers experimented by using a very gentle approach that set the … Continue reading Jersey Under German Occupation #N8 (1943)

Guernsey #32 (1970)

Guernsey #32 (1970)

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is one of three Crown dependencies of the United Kingdom. Separated from the Dukedom and Duchy of Normandy by and under the terms of the Treaty (or Peace) of Le Goulet in 1204, the Bailiwick comprises the inhabited islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Jethou, Lihou, and Sark together with many small islets and rocks situated around 49°35′N 2°20′W. in the English Channel. … Continue reading Guernsey #32 (1970)

Bohemia and Moravia #53C (1941)

Bohemia and Moravia #53C (1941)

The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (Protektorat Böhmen und Mähren in German, or Protektorát Čechy a Morava in Czech) was a majority ethnic-Czech protectorate of Nazi Germany established following the German occupation of Czechoslovakia by annexing Sudetenland territory of Czech Lands as a Reichsgau. Following the establishment of the independent Slovak Republic on March 14, 1939, and the German occupation of the Czech rump state the next … Continue reading Bohemia and Moravia #53C (1941)

Belgium Under German Occupation #N6 (1914)

Belgium Under German Occupation #N6 (1914)

Following its independence in 1830, Belgium had been obliged to remain neutral in perpetuity by an 1839 treaty as part of a guarantee for its independence. Until 1911, Belgian strategic analysis anticipated that if war came, the Germans would attack France across the Franco-German border and trap the French armies against the Belgian frontier, as they had done in 1870. British and French guarantees of … Continue reading Belgium Under German Occupation #N6 (1914)

Alsace #N29 (1940)

Alsace #N29 (1940)

As mentioned in yesterday’s article, the German Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine (Reichsland Elsaß-Lothringen or Elsass-Lothringen) was returned to France following the end of World War I.  German troops departed between November 11 and 17, 1918, following Kaiser Wilhelm II’s abdication on November 9th and a very brief period during which a Soviet Republic of Alsace-Lorraine was proclaimed by an organization calling itself the Soldiers’ Council … Continue reading Alsace #N29 (1940)

Alsace And Lorraine #N1 (1870)

Alsace and Lorraine #N1 (1870)

Scott #N1 of Alsace and Lorraine has the distinction of being the first occupation stamp ever issued, appearing sometime shortly after the Franco-Prussian War began on July 19, 1870.  A cultural and historical region in eastern France, the areas of Alsace and Lorraine are located on France’s eastern border and on the west bank of the upper Rhine adjacent to Germany and Switzerland.  The region was part of … Continue reading Alsace and Lorraine #N1 (1870)