Battle of Jutland
There are two 175p stamps featuring the faces of four of the key figures from the contentious confrontation, Commander British Grand Fleet Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, Commander German High Seas Fleet Admiral Reinhard Scheer, Commander Battle Cruiser Fleet Vice Admiral Sir David Beatty and Commander 1st Scouting Group Vice Admiral Franz Hipper.
The sheet itself combines a collection of evocative artworks by Willy Stöwer, William Lionel Whyllie and Pat McDonald to convey some of the atmosphere of this remarkable moment in warfare.
In a 12-hour battle involving 249 ships and more than 100,000 men, the British, with their proud naval history, fought to maintain a maritime blockade, while the Germans were determined to break through. The result remains a subject of controversy, as the Germans inflicted heavy losses on the British, but the blockade held. Post-battle reporting led to confusion, while internal disagreement, accusation and acrimony within the Royal Navy over the tactics adopted compounded the feeling of defeat.
Issue Date: 17.02.2016 Designer: Francesca Jellicoe/EJC Design Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42.58mm x 28.45mm
Battle of the Somme
As part of a continuing commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, Isle of Man Post Office looks to the Battle of the Somme for this issue.The decision to beginning fighting on the Somme, taken for political reasons, saw fresh battle lines open in the battle of attrition which defined the Western Front. 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.
Issue Date: 17.02.2016 Designer: EJC Design Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42.58 x 28.45mm
Long To Reign Over Us
The stamps depicts work of royal photographer Arthur Edwards MBE in the year that Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday. Arthur was born in 1940 and educated at St Bernard’s Roman Catholic Grammar School, Stepney, London. His mother bought him his first camera, a Rolleiflex, for his 18th birthday after he told her that he wanted to be a photographer. In 2003 the Queen presented him with the prestigious MBE for outstanding service to newspapers. The Long To Reign Over Us issue is available as a set of eight stamps in mint condition or cancelled to order (CTO).
Issue Date: 06.02.2016 Designer: Isle of Man Advertising Illustrator: Arthur Edwards MBE Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40mm x 40mm