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D-Day – The 70th Anniversary: A Manxman’s Journey

Collection Issue Date: 8th May 2014

Inspired by the extraordinary story of one Manxman who was there, Hector Duff.

A stunning new set of stamps, commemorative sheet and a limited edition folder from the Isle of Man Post Office marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Issue Information

To mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Isle of Man Post Office was privileged to produce a stunning new set of stamps and a wonderful collection honouring all the Manx men and women involved in the historic landings.

Many from the Isle of Man were involved in D-Day and the subsequent push into Europe, including Hector Duff, whose personal experiences inspired this collection, A Manxman's Journey. Hector landed on the beaches of Normandy on the 6th June 1944 and went right through to Berlin over the course of the next year.

The set of six stamps, available in Mint condition or Cancelled to Order (CTO), features photos from the liberation of Europe which began with the infamous beach landings. Each stamp is also available in 15-stamp sheet, in Mint condition or CTO.

The stamps are also featured on our exclusive First Day Cover, postmarked with the first day of issue and accompanied by an illustrated card telling part of Hector's incredible story. Also available is our highly-collectable Presentation Pack, which includes a full set of the stamps, in Mint condition, plus more photos, from both The Press Association and Hector's own archives, and Hector's story, chronicled by military historian Colonel Charles Wilson, of the Isle of Man Cadet Force.

To mark the D-Day 70th anniversary, we have also produced a special commemorative sheet which includes the best images from previous D-Day stamps, highlighting this important stories of the land, sea and air campaigns which liberated Europe and its major players, such as Churchill, Eisenhower and Montgomery.

There is also a commemorative crown, a stunning Isle of Man coin struck by Pobjoy Mint which carries a distinctive design and the famous portrait of the Queen on the obverse.

For the true collector, our limited edition folder is an essential. It features Hector's full story, a wonderful selection of photos, the crown and commemorative sheet plus a very special First Day Cover signed by Hector and Sir Richard Dannatt, former Chief of the Defence Staff. Just 500 folders are available.

Technical Information

Text Hector Hugh McDonald Duff MM BEM, Colonel Charles Wilson
Design EJC Design
Photography Collection of Hector Duff, The Press Association
Format Sheets of 15 Stamps
Process Offset Lithography
Colours 4
Paper 110gms PVA Gummed
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size 42.58 x 28.45mm
No. of Stamps 6
Date of Issue 8th May 2014


Watch our interview with Hector Duff MM BEM ahead of the national commemorations for the 70th anniversary.

Collection Products

D-Day 70th Anniversary Crown
D-Day 70th Anniversary Crown

This amazing new coin depicts Allied Troops storming a bunker on D-Day with signs naming the five landing beaches and several poppies, the symbol for those who gave their lives for their country. Available in Cupro Nickel and supplied in a plush hard-shelled collector's box.

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