1944 German Wehrmacht Heroes Day Complete Set Unused Stamp Stockcard
On the final day of World War II in Europe (May 9, 1945), the German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht) issued a final communique, the concluding paragraphs of which read: --------------- Since midnight all weapons have been silent on all fronts on orders of the Grand Admiral [Karl Dönitz, Hitler's successor], and the armed forces have ceased the fighting, which has now become hopeless, thus ending a heroic struggle that lasted almost six years. This struggle brought us great victories. But also heavy defeats. In the end the German Wehrmacht succumbed with honor to enormous superiority. Loyal to his oath, the German soldier's performance in a supreme effort for his people can never be forgotten. Up to the last moment the homeland had supported him with all its strength in an effort entailing the heaviest sacrifices. The unique performance of the front and homeland will find a final appraisal in the later, just judgment of history. The enemy, too, will not deny his tribute of respect to the performance and sacrifices of German soldiers on land, at sea and in the air. Every soldier, therefore, may lay aside his weapon proud and erect and set to work in these gravest hours of our history with courage and confidence to safeguard the undying life of our people. In this grave hour the Wehrmacht remembers its comrades who have died in battle. The dead impose upon us an obligation of unconditional loyalty, obedience and discipline toward the Fatherland, which is bleeding from countless wounds. --------------- This communique spelt the end for the German Wehrmacht, which was commemorated on a Heldengedenktag (Heroes Day) stamp issue just over a year earlier on March 11, 1944. The stamp stockcard you see in this listing consists of a full set of all 13 military-themed Heroes Day stamps issued by the Deutsche Reichspost of Nazi Germany in 1944: See Picture 2 for a fuller illustration of the stamp set (Credits: Robert W. Jones) See Picture 3 for an idea of how the Wehrmacht was portrayed as a heroic armed force fighting for Germany in Nazi propaganda posters --------------- 3 pfennig value - Wehrmacht soldiers on coastal patrol duties in a speedboat 4 pfennig value - Wehrmacht soldier riding a BMW R75 motorcycle with attached sidecar 5 pfennig value - Fallschirmjäger paratroopers executing an airborne landing 6 pfennig value - U-Boat captain at his submarine's conning tower 8 pfennig value - Wehrmacht soldiers firing a mortar 10 pfennig value - Anti-aircraft searchlight operations 12 pfennig value - SS soldiers manning a machine gun 15 pfennig value - German Sturmpanzer (Brummbär) assault support gun 16 pfennig value - German E-Boat on coastal patrol duties 20 pfennig value - German seaplane on airborne patrol 24 pfennig vaue - German railway gun in action 25 pfennig value - German Nebelwerfer rockets in action 30 pfennig value - German Wehrmacht soldier in a mountain landscape --------------- Condition as seen in photos Stamps are housed in an XL German-made stockcard - provides long-term protection for stamps Will provide an oversized OPP plastic sleeve free of charge and for extra handling protection Ships for free to local destinations via Singpost normal mail at buyer's risk Registered mail available on request and at extra charge Payment via POSB/DBS Bank Transfer or PayPal Thanks for looking! Note: I do not support or condone in any way what Hitler and the Nazis have done in the years between 1933 and 1945, or any kind of Neo-Nazi or extremist activity in the years since 1945. This item is listed solely for the consideration of interested collectors.