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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Ireland 2016 - Centenary of the Battle of the Somme



COUNTRY: IRELAND
ISSUE DATE: 23 June 2016
STAMP SIZE: 44 x 38 mm
CIRCULATION: 122 000
STAMP DESIGN: Red&Grey Design




The Battle of the Somme took place near the Somme River in France and lasted from 1 July to 18 November, 1916. The Allies had hoped that the Somme offensive would be a major victory that would bring the carnage of the First World War to an end, but by the time it ended, more than one million soldiers from both sides had died including thousands of Irish soldiers.

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It is difficult to calculate exactly how many Irish soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme as many men had joined differernt regiments, but what is known is that when they went “over the top”, their deaths affected communities in every part of Ireland.

The stamp was designed by Dublin designers Red&Grey Design and it features an image of the Royal Irish Rifles from the Imperial War Museum.


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Stamp images and description thanks to An Post - Irish Stamps

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