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Ireland Postal Services 2006 Issue
Design by Ger Garland

Battle of the Somme

Ireland Postal Service will issue a new stamp that has a postage value of 75 cents named "Battle of the Somme" on the 26th of June 2006. The stamp is being issued to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the WWI Battle of the Somme. A bloody battle that started on July 1, 1916 and took the lives of 19,000 British and Irish Troops on the first day. The attack was launched on a 30-kilometer front north of the River Somme between Arras and Albert Under the command of Sir Douglas Haig. It was preceded by eight days of artillery bombardment of the German lines which had no destructive effects as expected. Leaving the British, Irish and French charging Troops open to a powerful German defense. After only 12 kilometers of ground gained by the allied troops, there were 620,000 British, Irish and French casualties, and 500,000 German casualties. The battle ended on November 18, 1916 due to bad weather and General Haig conduct in the planning of the attack was greatly disputed.

"Battle of the Somme" can be purchased as a single, sheet of 12, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 44.45mm x 27.94mm with a perforation size of 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 per 2cm reference. The stamps will be printed by Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd. using the Lithography Printing process. A quantity of 330,000 stamps will be printed.

Battle of the Somme FDC

Battle of the Somme FDC Stamp

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