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FRANCE Stamps issued during World War II

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French legion in Russia (during world war II)

Inscription "CORPS EXPEDITIONAIRE DE LA LEGION DES VOLONTAIRES FRANCAIS CONTRE LE BOLCHEVISME". Other stamps exist.

Forgeries exist; I have seen modern Hialeah forgeries of the red stamp, made with a scanner and printer with "FRONT DE L'EST OOSTFRONT" overprint. The stamp, cancel and overprints are forged. I've also seen forgeries with a this overprint double. I've also seen the black stamp with a double red inscription from the same source.


Provisional stamps issued under German occupation

1940 Issued for the towns of Dunkerque and Coudekerque


(Inscription "Besetztes Gebiet Nordfrankreich", certified genuine)

The above stamps are extremely rare, they were issued in Dunkerque (DŁnkirchen) and Coudekirque. This overprint also exists on other values. The two towns issued slightly different overprints. They were in used from 1st July to 10th August 1940.

Forgeries exist; I have seen modern Hialeah forgeries, with the overprint forged on genuine stamps!

 

1945 Festung Lorient


Overprint "Festung Lorient" issued for the fortress of Lorient in Bretagne; several stamps of France were overprinted as shown above (also on Petain type stamps).

The above overprint "Festung Lorient" exists on the following stamps:
On Mercury issue: 10 c blue, 30 c red, 40 c violet, 50 c blue.
On Petain stamps: 60 c violet, 70 c orange, 1 F red, 1.20 F brown, 1.50 F brown, 2 F green, 4 F blue, 4.50 F green.
All of them are very rare (a few hundred of each at most).


Official Stamps 'Francisque'

1943 Inscription "ETAT FRANCAIS POSTES COURRIER OFFICIEL" with axe

  10 c orange
  30 c blue
  40 c violet
  50 c green
  70 c black
  1 F lilac
  1 F 20 blue
  1 F 50 brown
  2 F green
  3 F red
  4 F 50 black
  5 F blue

Larger size
  10 F blue
  15 F green
  20 F lilac
I don't think these stamps were ever used. 

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