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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Dec 2018 11:38 a.m. PST

Britain's Royal Mail apologized on Friday after historians pointed out that a stamp design it planned to issue to commemorate the D-Day landings in France in fact showed U.S. troops going ashore thousands of miles away weeks earlier…


DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 11:44 a.m. PST


The still image of the stamp showing landings in Dutch New Guinea versus Normandy

dBerczerk29 Dec 2018 12:12 p.m. PST

Philatelists will be ecstatic.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 1:34 p.m. PST

Shoddy work all round

Cyrus the Great29 Dec 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

Philatelists will be ecstatic.

No, they won't.

Shoddy work all round

Actually not, it was caught before going to print.

dBerczerk29 Dec 2018 3:47 p.m. PST

Quel dommage.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 5:38 p.m. PST

Obviously Royal Mail's Google Image-fu is weak!

I applaud them for admitting the gaffe, rather funny really!

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 7:28 p.m. PST

Replacement image.


Dn Jackson30 Dec 2018 12:35 a.m. PST

To be fair the stamp just says 'D-Day Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore' It doesn't say WHICH D-Day it is a picture of. :-)

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 3:00 a.m. PST

Good point! It is often overlooked that 'D' day was used for any landing!

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 4:07 a.m. PST


Good to see they fixed it …

Starfury Rider30 Dec 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

I'd be interested to know how the picture was chosen in the first place, and whether it came with a credit. I'd like to think if I'd been handed that picture cold and asked if it was suitable for British troops landing on D-Day, I'd have noticed the helmet outline was of the M1 and not battle bowlers and said no straight off.

If anyone, unprepared and not already familiar with the image, could have deduced from the sky and sea that it was from the Pacific and not Western Europe, well done.

Ideally they could have reached out to some D-Day authors for suggestions of a suitable photo, as they've done before. I still have the 50th anniversary set for 1944-1994 and they are definitely not images from the PTO.

Given the number of special issues they've made over the years for British forces in general and D-Day in particular it's a shame they're getting such a kicking over an error that didn't even make it into print.


wmyers30 Dec 2018 11:10 p.m. PST

"I'd be interested to know how the picture was chosen in the first place …".

In today's day and age, I would not be surprised if they merely used their favourite search engine (or Wikipedia …).

uglyfatbloke22 Feb 2019 6:40 a.m. PST

Brits moan about Royal Mail all the time, but the price and reliability are fantastic compared to anywhere else I've lived.

deephorse22 Feb 2019 9:34 a.m. PST

In my experience they don't moan about Royal Mail at all. What they do moan about is My Hermes and others like it, that leave parcels in bins, on doorsteps etc., if, indeed, they even deliver them at all.

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