Friday, April 1, 2016

Isle of Man 2016
Battle of the Somme

ISSUE DATE: 17 February 2016
STAMP THEME: Battle of the Somme
 STAMP SIZE: 42.58 x 28.45 mm

The Battle of the Somme also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. It was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. 

The furnace of war also forged massive and rapid change in military tactics, as depicted in the stamps from this issue. The advent of tanks, heavy artillery and even chemical warfare are all marked, along with a tribute to those who were lost – "the missing of the Somme". 

The evocative images, demonstrating the fury of war, come chiefly from the Mary Evans Picture Library and the Robert Hunt Collection, while accompanying expert text has been penned by Matthew Richardson of Manx National Heritage. 

Stamp images and description thanks to Isle of Man Post Office

Isle of Man Stamps