BRITISH OCCUPATION OF FORMER ITALIAN COLONIES BOFIC

BRITISH OCCUPATION FORMER ITALIAN COLONIES As Great Britain found herself controlling just about all of the former Italian Colonies it became necessary to provide proper stamps reflecting the new status of the occupied territories. Over the course of time British stamps issued between 1937 and 1951 were overprinted for the purpose. On 25 February 1941, Somalia became the first Italian colony to be freed. South African troops captured Mogadishu inflicting no damage, since it had been declared an “open city”. The head post office at Mogadishu was re-opened on 13 April 1942, at which time British stamps overprinted “M.E.F”. (Middle East Forces) began to be used. This remained unchanged until 15 January 1943, when British definitive stamps were overprinted “E.A.F.” (East African Forces). From 27 May 1948 to 1 January 1950, British definitive stamps overprinted B.M.A. SOMALIA were used. B.M.A. stands for British Military Administration. When the civil administration became operative stamps with B.A. SOMALIA overprints were used but this was for a brief period from 2 January to 31 March 1950. From 2 March 1942 to 14 September 1952 overprinted British definitive stamps were used in Eritrea; until 1948 with “M.E.F.” (Middle East Forces) overprints, and thereafter with “B.M.A. ERITREA” (British Military Administration) and “B.A. ERITREA” (British Administration Eritrea) overprints. From 1943 to 1950 British stamps overprinted M.E.F. (Middle East Forces), initially used in Somalia and Eritrea under British occupation, were extended to the northern areas of Libya. They were used in Tripolitania until July 1948 and in Cyrenaica until 15 January 1950. In July 1948, British stamps overprinted “B.M.A. TRIPOLITANIA” (British Military Administration Tripolitania) and surcharged in Military Administration Lire (“M.A.L.”) were introduced. On 9 May 1945, following the May 7th formal surrender, the German defeat in the Dodecanese was ratified in Berlin and a British Military Administration was established at Rhodes. British stamps overprinted “M.E.F.” (Middle East Forces) were placed in use. LITERATURE: A very important, standard reference, monograph on the stamps and postal history of the British Occupation of Former Italian Colonies, by Luigi Sirotti, was published in 2006 (363 pp, color throughout, in Italian. Plus 14 pp commercial value of items). This is a heavy and expensive book, please contact us if you are interested. ALL THE INFORMATION, ILLUSTRATIONS ETC IN THIS WEBSITE ARE UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT. VIOLATORS WILL BE PURSUED WHEREVER THEY WILL BE AND WILL BE PUNISHED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

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BRITAIN OCCUPATION ERITREA 1948 BMA 5 SHILLING USED
Country: ERITREA
Catalog #: Sassone #12
Condition: BRITAIN OCCUPATION ERITREA 1948 BMA 5 SHILLING USED
Description: VERY FINE, FRESH COLOR, USED SASSONE 12 24 euros Scott 11 STANLEY GIBBONS E11
Price: $15.00
Item Id #008905    See Details...
 2/6 MEF OVERPRINT MNH SCOTT 9
Country: MEF
Catalog #: Sassone #14
Condition: 2/6 MEF OVERPRINT MNH SCOTT 9
Description: VERY FINE, FRESH COLOR, MINT NEVER HINGED SASSONE 14 35 euros Scott 9 STANLEY GIBBONS M19
Price: $20.00
Item Id #008903    See Details...
B.A. ERITREA ON 10 SHILLING FINE USED
Catalog #: Sassone #33
Condition: B.A. ERITREA ON 10 SHILLING FINE USED
Description: all perforations are fine - Sassone 40 Euros
Price: $24.00
Item Id #012228    See Details...
BMA ERITREA 40c on 5d USED FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Scott #E6
Condition: BMA ERITREA 40c on 5d USED FINE
Price: $4.00
Item Id #003949    See Details...
B A ERITREA 5c on 1/2d USED VERY FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Scott #E13
Condition: B A ERITREA 5c on 1/2d USED VERY FINE
Description: GIBBONS GBP 8
Price: $7.50
Item Id #003950    See Details...
B A ERITREA 2 SH 50c on 2 SH 6d USED VERY FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #E23
Condition: B A ERITREA 2 SH 50c on 2 SH 6d USED VERY FINE
Price: $4.50
Item Id #003951    See Details...
B A ERITREA 5 SH on 5SH MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #E24
Condition: B A ERITREA 5 SH on 5SH MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Price: $6.80
Item Id #003953    See Details...
B A ERITREA 10 SHILLINGS ON 10 SH MINT HINGED
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #E25
Condition: B A ERITREA 10 SHILLINGS ON 10 SH MINT HINGED
Description: GIBBONS GBP 65
Price: $55.00
Item Id #003954    See Details...
B A ERITREA 1951 5 sh on 5 sh USED FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #E31
Condition: B A ERITREA 1951 5 sh on 5 sh USED FINE
Description: GIBBONS GBP 25
Price: $24.00
Item Id #003956    See Details...
BMA ERITREA 1948 DUES 20c on 2d MINT HINGED
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #ED3
Condition: BMA ERITREA 1948 DUES 20c on 2d MINT HINGED
Description: GIBBONS GBP 15
Price: $13.00
Item Id #003958    See Details...
BMA ERITREA 1948 DUES 30c on 3d MINT HINGED
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #ED4
Condition: BMA ERITREA 1948 DUES 30c on 3d MINT HINGED
Description: GIBBONS GBP 15
Price: $9.00
Item Id #003959    See Details...
BMA ERITREA 1948 DUES 1 sh on 1 sh MINT HINGED
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #ED5
Condition: BMA ERITREA 1948 DUES 1 sh on 1 sh MINT HINGED
Description: GIBBONS GBP 18
Price: $16.00
Item Id #003957    See Details...
MEF 1943 9d MINT HINGED FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #M17
Condition: MEF 1943 9d MINT HINGED FINE
Price: $3.00
Item Id #003969    See Details...
BMA SOMALIA 15c on 1 1/2d rare USED FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #S11
Condition: BMA SOMALIA 15c on 1 1/2d rare USED FINE
Description: GIBBONS GBP 15
Price: $13.75
Item Id #003960    See Details...
BMA SOMALIA 1948 75c on 9d RARE USED VERY FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #S17
Condition: BMA SOMALIA 1948 75c on 9d RARE USED VERY FINE
Description: GIBBONS GBP 21 (British Pound = GBP)
Price: $18.00
Item Id #003961    See Details...
B A SOMALIA 1950 15c on 1 1/2d USED VERY FINE & RARE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #S22
Condition: B A SOMALIA 1950 15c on 1 1/2d USED VERY FINE & RARE
Price: $15.00
Item Id #003964    See Details...
B A SOMALIA 25c on 2 1/2d USED VERY FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #S24
Condition: B A SOMALIA 25c on 2 1/2d USED VERY FINE
Price: $8.25
Item Id #003965    See Details...
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #S28
Condition: B A SOMALIA 1950 75c on 9d USED VERY FINE
Price: $7.25
Item Id #003966    See Details...
B A SOMALIA 5 sh on 5 sh MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #S31
Condition: B A SOMALIA 5 sh on 5 sh MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Price: $10.00
Item Id #003968    See Details...
BMA TRIPOLITANIA 240 MAL ON 10 SH MINT HINGED
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #T13
Condition: BMA TRIPOLITANIA 240 MAL ON 10 SH MINT HINGED
Description: MINT HINGED VERY FINE
Price: $26.00
Item Id #003940    See Details...
BMA TRIPOLITANIA 240 MAL ON 10 SH MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #T13
Condition: BMA TRIPOLITANIA 240 MAL ON 10 SH MINT NEVER HINGED
Description: MINT NEVER HINGED VERY FINE
Price: $33.00
Item Id #003941    See Details...
B A TRIPOLITANIA 1950 1 MAL on 1/2 d USED
Catalog #: Gibbons #T14
Condition: B A TRIPOLITANIA 1950 1 MAL on 1/2 d USED
Description: GIBBONS GBP 13
Price: $12.00
Item Id #003942    See Details...
B A TRIPOLITANIA ^) MAL ON 2 SH 6d MINT HINGED FINE
Catalog #: Gibbons #T24
Condition: B A TRIPOLITANIA ^) MAL ON 2 SH 6d MINT HINGED FINE
Description: GIBBONS GBP 11
Price: $11.00
Item Id #003944    See Details...
BRITISH ADMIN B A TRIPOLITANIA 120 MAL ON 5 SH MH
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #T25
Condition: BRITISH ADMIN B A TRIPOLITANIA 120 MAL ON 5 SH MH
Description: MINT HINGED GIBBONS GBP 24
Price: $23.00
Item Id #003943    See Details...
B A TRIPOLITANIA 120 MAL ON 5 SH USED FINE
Country: BOFIC
Catalog #: Gibbons #T25
Condition: B A TRIPOLITANIA 120 MAL ON 5 SH USED FINE
Description: GIBBONS GBP 25
Price: $24.00
Item Id #003945    See Details...