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02 May 2020

Liberation Day 75th Anniversary

Guernsey: Liberation Day 75th Anniversary, 2 May 2020. Images from Guernsey Stamps and Collectables.

Technical Specifications:

Date of Issue: 2 May 2020
Designer: Two Degrees North
Printer: bpost
Values: 50p, 68p, 70p, 85p, 95p, £1.02
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp Size: 30mm deep x 45mm wide
Paper: 46 Gummed FSC Securpost 110 GPW
Sheet: 10
Perforation: 1.1 x 1.667
Cylinder: A
75th Liberation Day Anniversary

“Hostilities will end officially at one minute after midnight tonight…And our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed today’.

So many had longed to hear these words, which were broadcast on the airwaves at 15.00hrs on 8 May 1945. In his speech, Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, not only confirmed the end of the war in Europe but also the liberation of the people of Guernsey after five long years.

At 07.15 on 9 May 1945, on the quarterdeck of HMS Bulldog, Commander of the German Garrison in Guernsey, General major Siegfried Heine, signed the Instrument of Surrender on behalf of the German Command of the Channel Islands. Within an hour a British advance party had landed in St Peter Port and the British troops came ashore to euphoric celebrations. On the brink of starvation, the people’s suffering was finally over.

75 years on, Liberation Day, which is celebrated annually on 9 May, is a chance for islanders to remember the days of occupation and celebrate their freedom with a wonderful parade and fireworks, and much more besides.

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