The Greatest Invasion - 2004 Sierra Leone Set of 4 Mint Sheets
2004 Sierra Leone Set of 4 Mint Sheets
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in what was the largest invasion in history. Shortly after midnight, 24,000 airborne troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of northwestern France, followed by an amphibious landing at 6:30 in the morning of nearly 160,000 brave American, British and Canadian troops with one goal: to break through the German line of defense and liberate France from Nazi control. While casualties were massive on both sides, the invasion of Normandy, which came to be known as D-Day, marked a turning point in World War II. Within two months, Paris was liberated, and by the spring of 1945 Hitler's "thousand year empire" had been destroyed.
On the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Sierra Leone issued an attractive and informative set of sheets commemorating the various elements of the invasion. The first sheet of 8 stamps honors the airborne invasion and its leaders, General Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery. The tribute to the airborne assault continues of a second sheet of 8 stamps picturing some of the hundreds of fighters and bombers involved in the midnight invasion, including the Spitfire and the P-51 Mustang. A third sheet of 8 stamps pays tribute to both the aerial and amphibious invasions including the powerful Sherman tank and the landing craft carrying our brave soldiers. A fourth sheet includes 6 stamps picturing the leaders of the D-Day invasion: General Eisenhower, Rear Admiral Moon, Lt. General Bradley, Rear Admiral Kirk, Major General Huebner, and Major General Taylor. Thanks to the wise planning of these experienced military leaders, the war quickly turned in favor of the Allies and a European victory was within reach.
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