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Philatelic Postage stamp issue - ANZAC Centenary

On 25 April 2015, MaltaPost will release a philatelic miniature sheet bearing one stamp to commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.

The stamp on the miniature sheet illustrates a Red Cross nurse attending to a wounded soldier together with two other soldiers on either side. The stamp within the miniature sheet bears a face value of €3.59.

The Gallipoli Campaign (Battle of Gallipoli) took place at the Gallipoli Peninsula between 1915 and 1916 and involved British and French troops as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). The battle was thought to put an early end to the Great War by creating a new front that the Ottoman-German alliance would not cope with. Malta played a significant role in the Gallipoli battle, not just as a back-up base for the Royal Navy but also as one of the major hospitals in the Mediterranean. Around 800 Maltese volunteers went to Gallipoli as muleteers or to dig the trenches and some even fought within the Australian ranks or worked as stevedores unloading the ships. This effort is considered to be Malta's greatest contribution to the Allies' efforts during that terrible war.

The stamp was designed by MaltaPost and will be issued in miniature sheets. Each stamp measures 41mm x 30.5mm, with a perforation of 13.7 x 13.8 (comb.) bearing the Maltese Crosses watermark. The sheet measures 120mm x 75mm. Printex Limited printed the set in the process and the issue consists of 15,000 miniature sheet.

This philatelic issue will be available from all Post Offices in Malta and Gozo as from Saturday 25 April 2015. Orders may be placed online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740, e-mail: info@maltaphilately.com


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