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Freeing the POW

The Second World War, 1945, Peace

Title

Freeing the POW

Denomination

43¢

Date of Issue

March 20, 1995

Year

Quantity

2,500,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

The Second World War, 1945, Peace

Series Time Span

1995

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.

About Stamp

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.

Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1995, p. 8-9.

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