Royal Mail sorry over D-Day commemorative stamp error

APOLOGY Royal Mail has apologised as this stamp actually showed US troops on a beach in Asia rather than the D Day landings

APOLOGY Royal Mail has apologised as this stamp actually showed US troops on a beach in Asia rather than the D Day landings

The Royal Mail has been accused of committing a "gross insult to veterans" after it released a stamp commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Europe that featured USA troops landing in the Pacific.

Another person pointed out that the Royal Mail had released a series of stamps in 1994 commemorating 50 years since the landings - with the right images, according to the UK's Telegraph.

Captioned "Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore", it was said to depict the Normandy landings but was actually taken in what is modern-day Indonesia.

It shows U.S. soldiers carrying stretchers and military equipment from a ship which landed at Sarmi in what was Dutch New Guinea on May 17, 1944.

The landings were the first stage of Operation Overlord - the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe - and were meant to end World War Two.

In a reply to a Royal Mail tweet announcing a set of new "Best of British" stamps he wrote: "I'm assuming you have had many people say this to you".

The collection will also include six stamps to commemorate the life of Queen Victoria, whose bicentenary will take place in May 2019.

Agar said that going forward he hoped to work with veterans groups to ensure that the stamps "reflect the significance of the D-Day landings and the courage and sacrifice of those who took part".

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Paul Woodadge, 49, a D-Day historian and former tour guide living in Normandy, who is originally from Essex, said: "It's quite shocking really".

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One commentator on Twitter called it a "disrespectful sloppy blunder" while another said: "Having worked 3 years for Royal Mail, this does not surprise me at all".

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The image is owned by the US Coast Guard and can be viewed on the American National WWII Museum's website.

"We would like to offer our honest apologies that our preview release for our 2019 Special Stamp programme included a stamp design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-Day landings", a Royal Mail spokesman said.

The Royal Mail has apologised over a D-Day commemorative stamp which incorrectly showed United States troops landing in Asia.

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