Two special overprints commemorating the 75th anniversary of Jersey’s liberation from German Occupation during World War II will be available on Jersey Post & Go stamps from 9 – 15 May 2020.
Jersey flag stamps vended from Jersey Post’s JE02 kiosk will feature the overprint: Liberation 75 1945-2020, whilst Crest of Jersey stamps from Jersey Post’s JE03 kiosk will feature the same overprint in Jersey’s traditional language, Jèrriais: Libéthâtion 75 1945-2020.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and a concern for customer wellbeing, Jersey Post will be waiving their 75p handling fee. This means that customers may order collectors’ strips featuring both overprints either online or by telephoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau, at no extra charge.
During the first year of World War II, on 1 July 1940, German troops arrived to take the surrender of Jersey and for the next five years, Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderney became the only parts of the British Isles to be occupied during World War II. On 8 May 1945, German forces surrendered and the war in Europe ended. The following day, Royal Navy destroyer HMS Beagle arrived off the coast of Jersey and accepted the surrender of the occupying forces. Liberation Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm each year in Jersey on 9 May. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary.
Jèrriais, closely related to French is the traditional language of Jersey. Although not widely spoken today, it is an important part of the Island’s heritage and was particularly important during the Occupation as it enabled Islanders to speak without being understood by the German forces.
Jersey Post’s JE02 series Post & Go kiosk is located in Jersey Post’s Broad Street post office in St Helier, whilst the JE03 series kiosk is located at Jersey Post Headquarters at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour. Collectors’ strips featuring both the Jèrriais and English overprints are available to order at www.jerseystamps.com or by contacting the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717. (Ends)