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Gibraltar 2014 75th Evacuation Anniversary  with 2183 words on stamp

Issue Date 10 September 2014

The story of Gibraltar’s evacuation is one of the few untold stories of the Second World War. May 2014 marks the beginning of the 75th anniversary of this mass-migration. During the Second World War there was a fear that if Nazi Germany and its allies took Gibraltar and the strait, there would have been catastrophic consequences.

The 2183 words have been fitted inside a 40 x 32mm stamp and explain in detail the history of the evacuation of the civilian population of Gibraltar during World War II.The world record breaking £2.00 stamp features the Gibraltar Evacuees Memorial Sculpture situated at Waterport Road.

During the Second World War to accommodate the influx of military personnel required to reinforce the Rock, it was decided that 16,000 civilians who were not deemed essential to its defence, should be evacuated.

Within a matter of weeks over 70% of the total population of Gibraltar was evacuated to French Morocco. Gibraltar’s women, children, elderly and infirm, were torn apart from husbands, fathers, and sons in a time of intense danger. They accepted that hardship with immense courage and as an act of duty and loyalty to Britain.

The stamps will be officially released on Gibraltar’s National Day (10th September 2014) and contains set of 5 stamps commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Evacuation of the civilian population of Gibraltar.

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