29 August 2020
Historic Postal Vehicles — Field Post
Date of Issue: 29.08.2020
Number of Copies: 130.000
Print Style: Offset
Design: Regina Simon
Size: 51 x 40 mm
Perforations: comb13¼ x 14
A field post office (FPO) is a post office set up during time of war or when a military unit is on manoeuvres. It is a place to which mail intended for military units in the field is sent to be sorted and forwarded. It is set up “in the field”, hence the name, however, FPOs may be on land or at sea. Their use pre-dates the introduction of postage stamps.(Military).
FPOs have a long history. The first British FPO was in 1808 during the Peninsular War and in 1840 the British Army used a FPO during the first Chinese War.
FPOs were also used extensively during the Crimean War.
Military post offices abroad strive to provide the same services found in their home country. Facilities are often cramped because of the amount of mail they need to handle. Today, military personnel who handle mail must be authorized and trained to do so in accordance with Postal Service and Department of Defense regulations (US) . Working in a war zone and screening for hazardous contents in parcels can be dangerous, but workers get to see the positive effect the mail has on morale as well as providing a vital service for the military.