Freeing the POW
Date of Issue
March 20, 1995
The Second World War, 1945, Peace
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.
The seventh and concluding set of Second World War stamps are being issued on March 20, 1995, just before the 50th anniversary of V-E Day, on the theme of peace. During the course of the Second World War, approximately 9,000 Canadians fell into enemy hands. As the end of the European war approached, conditions worsened. To avoid the Red Army, forced marches in mid-winter moved Allied captives in and out of increasingly overcrowded camps. Some of the POW camps were liberated by Americans, others by the British. In the Pacific, liberation came quietly for the 1,418 surviving Canadian prisoners of Japanese. Allied ships, including the HMCS Prince Robert arrived and the men started to return home.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1995, p. 8-9.
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