MILITARY MAIL * WORLD WAR 1 & 2 * POWS * INTERNEES

MILITARY MAIL * WORLD WAR 1 & 2 * POWS * INTERNEES: These are very popular collecting areas and the number of scholars and collectors of these areas is constantly increasing.

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 ITALY MAIL SERVICE 1943 1945 WORLD WAR 2 by Bagni
Condition: ITALY MAIL SERVICE 1943 1945 WORLD WAR 2 by Bagni
Description: ITALY: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE MAIL SERVICE FROM 1943 to 1945 THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE WAR: 1943-1945 by Nello Bagni and other Authors In Italian, 96 pages, replete with color illustrations, perfect bound, 16 cm x 24 centimeters During the second half of 1943 many developments impacted the postal service in Italy: the most important of them being the liberation of the South, the signing of an armistice with the Allies, and the splitting of the country into two parts with the North in the hands of Mussolini (better yet, Germany). 1944 and 1945 saw also new dramatic developments and as the Allies moved North the Bolognese region found itself between the devil and the deep blue sea. Mail from those days provides an unsuspected and faithful mirror that chronicled the various phases. The book reproduces many archive documents and delves into both civilian and military mails.
Price: $29.00
Item Id #013102    See Details...
LA GUERRA DIMENTICATA  -- Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945
Country: AEGEAN ISLANDS
Condition: LA GUERRA DIMENTICATA -- Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945
Description: Gianfranco Mattiello, Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945. In ITALIAN, 362 pages (A4), perfect-bound, black and white illustrations and maps throughout. ****** The Author is a well-known postal historian who has written important books and articles on Prisoners of War in Germany during World War II, Censorship of the Third Reich, Italian POWs in Rhodes, German Concentration Camps Censorship, and much more. Published in 2006. This book sheds much light on a tragic chapter of World War II that, due to post-war political correctness, many historians have often glossed over. Collectors of World War II postal history followed the same path, simply because the subject matter required serious research on existing literature and - more importantly - on archival sources. The latter were decimated by fire and war events. Mattiello is one of a few Italian postal history scholars who was not intimidated by such a challenge. Cephalonia is only 200 miles from the Italian coast, at the mouth of the Gulf of Corinth. What happened at Cephalonia with the massacre of the Acqui Division was not the best kept secret, but there was some reluctance in gathering solid information and evidence of what actually happened after the Germans discovered that their best ally had signed an armistice with the enemy. Of the 12,000 Italian soldiers on Cephalonia, 1,250 died in combat, and 5,000 were executed by the Germans. About 4,000 who had surrendered were imprisoned and in October shipped to camps in Greece. A rather detailed account of the war crimes perpetrated on Cephalonia landed on Mussolini’s desk at Salò and was stamped “Seen by the Duce”; as would be expected, he made no protests to the Germans! Italian civilians and soldiers in the Aegean and on Cephalonia found themselves in a terrible situation stemming from the poor coordination and strategy of prime minister Pietro Badoglio - a large number of them paid with their lives for other people’s awful mistakes. Mattiello carried out massive research at the Military Archives of Freiburg; the documentation he retrieved would make serious professional historians turn pale. He had no hesitation in using such important evidence as a blueprint of his book, and he must be highly commended for this. The trial and tribulations of Italians based in Cephalonia and the Aegean Islands after the fateful 8 September 1943 are mirrored in this book. A year later the German Army left the South-West sector of Europe leaving a few garrisons in the islands who resisted and persisted until May 1945. The German Army devised a special postal service known as “Inselpost” - this aspect is thoroughly explored and will prove of great interest to both the postal history specialists and the average readers who will discover how much postal history can contribute to a greater understanding of global catastrophes like World War II. The book delves into the early Autumn 1943 developments when Germans created transit camps for Italian prisoners of war from the islands in Athens, Salonika, Belgrade, and Crete. In fact, as early as mid-September the Germans held some 40,000 Italian prisoners of war. In due course more camps mushroomed in Greece; meanwhile in the Aegean the Italian resistance was short-lived. On taking over Kos the Germans found themselves with 1,388 English and 3,245 Italian prisoners of war; on instructions issued by Hitler, the Italian commander and hundreds of officers were executed. At Leros the Germans captured 3,200 British and 5,350 Italian prisoners of war. More POWs were captured in Samos, and camps were created at Rhodes, Asguro, Afando, Damatra, Kalato and Vati. The developments on Crete are discussed in great detail with much information never investigated before. By 1944 the situation in the Balkans became even more complex and the late Summer advance of the Russian Army generated a domino effect that caused havoc on the German forces. Mattiello documents each phase of this debacle. This important book explores the postal services with the Greek islands, with major emphasis on the German Feldpost and its offspring, the Inselpost. As would be expected, the Author provides us with lots of information not available before. This highly informative book is a must have for serious collectors. [Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $135.00
Item Id #013107    See Details...
ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY THE POSTAL HISTORY OF THE FRENCH IN ITALY 1915-1919 & THE FRENCH MILITARY MISSION 38 pages A4 full color, illustrated throughout, spiral bound LOADED WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION
Price: $34.00
Item Id #002617    See Details...
ITALY SPAIN ITALIAN FORCES IN SPAIN CIVIL WAR 1936-9
Condition: ITALY SPAIN ITALIAN FORCES IN SPAIN CIVIL WAR 1936-9
Description: ITALY SPAIN ITALIAN FORCES IN SPAIN'S CIVIL WAR 1936-39 by Cadioli & Cecchi, in Italian with rarity scale and evaluations. 350 pages many illustrations, chronology, organisation of FPOs, shipping, rates, free franks, mail from Legionari POWs, Posta Speciale 500, stamps and postmarks, checking the mails, consular post at Tangeri, ` FPOs POSTA SPECIALE, MIS mails of MISSIONE ITALIANA, extensive bibliography - this book is over 2 lbs in weight - THE DEFINTIVE WORK & A MUST HAVE!!! almost as new L'INTERVENTO ITALIANO NELLA GUERRA CIVILE SPAGNOLA 1936-1936 - di Cadioli & Cecchi - volume pregevolissimo ed indispensabile - CON VALUTAZIONI - quasi come nuovo WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $84.00
Item Id #003398    See Details...
 ITALY POWS in ITALY DURING WORLD WAR 1 by Migliavacca
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY POWS in ITALY DURING WORLD WAR 1 by Migliavacca
Description: PRISONERS OF WAR IN ITALY DURING WW1, by G. Migliavacca, 1980, in Italian, 80pp with rarity scale - replete with illustrations - most valuable work long out of print and rare!! Used, second hand, aging on cover, the rest is in fine condition
Price: $43.00
Item Id #004175    See Details...
ITALY GERMANY ADRIA ALPENWORLAND KUSTENLAND 1943-1945
Condition: ITALY GERMANY ADRIA ALPENWORLAND KUSTENLAND 1943-1945
Description: IN ITALIAN (2001 first and only edition) 21 cm x 29 cm - 288 pages - hundreds of black & white illustrations including maps, virtually new GERMAN FELDPOST IN THE ADRIA & ALPENWORLAND DEUTSCHE DIENSTPOST ALPENWORLAND GERMAN POSTAL SERVICE & FELDPOST IN THE ADRIA REGION very easy to use despite the language barrier not to be missed
Price: $62.00
Item Id #003409    See Details...
TUNISIA ALGERIA MOROCCO ITALY POW WORLD WAR 2
Country: FRANCE
Condition: TUNISIA ALGERIA MOROCCO ITALY POW WORLD WAR 2
Description: ITALIAN POWS IN NORTH AFRICA 1942-1946 by Giorgio Migliavacca *** 32 pages, illustrated throughout, large size 8" x 11" *** in Italian and French with list of camps, classification of postal stationery, Vatican messages, and a noteworthy appendix with important documentation not published elsewhere ***** LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $29.00
Item Id #001877    See Details...
ITALIAN POWs AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WORLD WAR II 1983 edition
Country: EAST AFRICA
Condition: ITALIAN P.O.W.s AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WW2, 2014 REPRINT with ADDENDA
Description: ITALIAN P.O.W.s AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WW2, 2014 REPRINT of the Second Revised edition 1983, WITH ADDED INFORMATION & ADDED ILLUSTRATIONS -- 72 pages, with many illustrations throughout. Countries covered include: Libya, Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyka, Palestine, Rhodesia, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Somaliland, Eritrea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Congo, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Madagascar; plus a section on related Italian FPOs, Airmail Routes, Stationery, and Censor marks. For more in-depth information we suggest Migliavacca’s book on Italian POWs in North Africa and Weisbecker’s Camp Mail in East Africa. All in short supply. All 3 books are essential to the serious collector of POW Mail.
Price: $38.00
Item Id #010590    See Details...
ITALY NAVY MARKS WW2 MARINA MILITARE Balestra Cecchi
Condition: ITALY NAVY MARKS WW2 MARINA MILITARE Balestra Cecchi
Description: ITALIAN MILITARY NAVY MARKS WW2 by Cecchi & Balestra, in Italian, 220pp, 100s of illustr, standard reference work. In Italian, but very easy to follow, every pmk evaluated. 1974 1st and only edition - ALMOST LIKE NEW QUESTO pregevole e RARO Volume e' indispensabile ai collezionisti del settore -- copia in buono stato quasi come nuova
Price: $59.00     Sale Price! $55.00
Item Id #012672    See Details...
ITALY SOCIAL REPUBLIC RSI POSTE DA CAMPO FELDPOST
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY SOCIAL REPUBLIC RSI POSTE DA CAMPO FELDPOST
Description: RARE BOOK **** WE ARE OFFERING A USED BOOK OF REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA: POSTE DA CAMPO & FELDPOST— ******* Very minor shelf life and use signs, mostly VERY FINE TO ALMOST NEW, no pen or pencil marks, no dog ears etc ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The only standard reference book on the FPOs of Mussolini's Army after he managed to escape to Northern Italy By BUZZETTI & VIRONDA FOREIGN UNITS IN ITALY UNDER GERMANY RUSSIANS CZECHS & SLOVAKS FELDPOSTS USED BY GERMAN UNITS IN ITALY -- KENN No and APM number MATCHING OF FPO NUMBERS AND UNITS OZAK ALPENVORLAND & ADRIATISCHES KUSTENLAND and their Post Offices AEGEAN ISLANDS: FELDPOST & INSELNPOST with all FPO numbers SOCIAL REPUBLIC REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA (RSI) POSTA DA CAMPO FELDPOST NUMBERS USED BY THE RSI ARMY FELPOST 80000 SERIES NUMBERS ALLOCATED TO RSI ARMY RSI's NAVY RSI's AIR FORCE SMALL USEFUL DICTIONARY (ITALIAN- GERMAN) OF POSTAL HISTORY TERMS RELATING FELDPOSTS IN ITALY THIS IS A MUST HAVE RARE bibliophile publication OUT OF PRINT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MISS IT & REGRET IT FOR A LONG TIME 412 pages - in Italian but easy to use - illustrations throughout - WITH EVALUATIONS - highly recommended - WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $120.00
Item Id #012675    See Details...
EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 New Edition
Country: KENYA
Condition: EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 BY WEISBECKER ** NEW EDITION
Description: EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 BY WEISBECKER ** NEW EDITION WALTER G. WEISBECKER *** CAMP MAIL OF ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR AND CIVILIAN INTERNEES IN EAST AFRICA 1940-1947 *** NEW LIMITED EDITION over 130 illustrations in black & white, spiral bound. 166 pages 8 x 11 - Filled with very useful information complemented by a good 6-page INDEX. Plus a NEW 26-page ADDENDA & UPDATE to the 1981 edition of which only 100 copies had been printed. This research covers POW, Internee and Evacuee Camps in ETHIOPIA, SOMALIA, KENYA, SUDAN, TANGANYIKA, ERITREA, UGANDA, RHODESIA, BRITISH SOMALILAND. The lay-out of the original work has been improved where possible and this reprint is printed on high quality, extra white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. ****** FROM THE Foreword to the New Millennium Edition A native of Seattle, Walter G. Weisbecker was a highly respected senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. He made Italy his home after meeting his future wife Antonietta. Walter was also a recognised authority on the Italian presence in East Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, with many of his articles being published by leading stamp and postal history magazines in Europe and in the United States. He contacted me in 1980, shortly after the publication of my book on the Italian Prisoners of War in Africa during World War II. Walter told me frankly that he could write a much more exhaustive work on the subject and I did not miss the opportunity to tell him that if ever he needed a publisher I was more than willing to be both his publisher and editor. From this initial conversation that could so easily have generated negative vibes, in fact a very constructive friendship was born. The book that you are holding in your hands was published in less than six months, in mid-1981, and before that year ended Walter had been showered with silver medals at international exhibitions such as Tokyo 81 and WIPA 81. These accolades were buttressed by a series of very favourable reviews and Walter told me that he felt a great sense of achievement. He won silver medals the following year at the First World Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Milan and in Chicago. Walter exhibited his collection at a stamp exhibition in my hometown, Pavia, and won a gold medal. Stuart Rossiter described his collection as one of the top three and probably the best of the three . The best compliment Walter paid to me was his seeking my input on quite a few articles he was writing for Italian and English magazines. His book starts by reproducing some of the relevant articles from the 1929 International (Geneva) Convention on the Treatment of P.O.W.s, followed by a an informative account of the background of the campaign. Chapter I starts with the first East African civilian internment camps in Southern Rhodesia, Kenya and elsewhere in September 1939. It continues with the Italian declaration of War on 10 June 1940 and the enlargement of the camps to take Italians as well as Germans. The Italian invasion of Sudan, British Somaliland and Kenya prompted the British to retaliate early in 1941 and by October camps were needed for 65,000 Italian P.O.W.s. Eventually there were some 200,000 P.O.W.s to accommodate and camps were sited in Sudan, British Somaliland, Italian East Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Northern and Southern Rhodesia. The early civilian internment camps at Salisbury and Hartley are dealt with in Chapter II and are followed by the P.O.W./civilian internment camps 1941-1942, the definitive camps, the evacuee and refugee camps from 1942. Postal stationery, much of it captured from the Italians and overprinted and adapted by the British, fills Chapter VI, and is followed by the handstamps, censor markings and labels divided under the East African and the Middle East Commands. There are over ninety covers illustrated and they help to bring this book to life. On the whole, Weisbecker makes this complex subject appear uncomplicated, largely through his skill in organising and presenting the fruits of his research. A six-page index is primarily keyed to camp names and locations. In reviewing Weisbecker s book for The London Philatelist, Stuart Rossiter wrote that it is perhaps ironic that the first comprehensive book in English on this subject should be from an American pen and that it should be published by the author of a briefer work on the same subject as recently as last year. However it is a good combination. Robson Lowe wrote a very positive review for The Philatelist and described the book as a model of the humanity of postal history . Robbie noted that he rarely picked up a volume which contained more interesting information in the text of a time when he was alive. After moving to the other side of the Atlantic, in 1983, I looked forward to continuing my correspondence with Walter, but then, most unexpectedly Antonietta wrote to me with the most sad news of Walter s death. I felt I had lost a true friend. The 1981 edition of Weisbecker s work was out of print in a matter of months, and in later years many collectors contacted me with the hope of obtaining copies. However, only now the opportunity has presented itself to produce a new limited edition. In most instances the illustrations have been improved upon, and borrowing from my personal collection some new and significant illustrations and updates have been added. This 26-page addenda gives more than a glimpse at what a learning experience collecting postal history is. The publication of this new edition is a tribute to a major postal historian whose work is still very much valid and cannot be ignored by the new generation of scholars. I have continued to collect Prisoners Of War postal history material and I have managed to add considerably to my research files. Therefore, I would like to invite collectors to contact me with any supplementary information that can shed new light. In fact, I am planning to publish a new edition in Italian and English of my book that was mentioned earlier. GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $85.00
Item Id #010473    See Details...
POLAND LEGIONS (FRANCE) IN ITALY 1797-1806 last copies in stock
Country: ITALY
Condition: POLAND LEGIONS (FRANCE) IN ITALY 1797-1806 last copies in stock
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY *** POLISH LEGIONS IN ITALY 1797-1806 by Luciano Previato, in Italian, French, English, 52 pp A4 format, with many illustrations VERY RARE NOW - in good condition, almost as new **** QUESTO pregevole e RARO Volume e' indispensabile ai collezionisti del settore e a tutti quelli che studiano il periodo NAPOLEONICO, tutti i bolli di franchigia sono illustrati - - solo 150 copie stampate - copia in buono stato quasi come nuova WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $60.00     Sale Price! $39.00
Item Id #002543    See Details...
POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Country: GERMANY
Condition: POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Description: Prisoners of War in Germany: 1939-1945, by Gianfranco Mattiello, published 2016 perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 420 pages; introduction in Italian, English and German; listings of camps and related population divided by nationality in English, colour plates in German; black and white map, and an 85-page appendix with colour illustrations throughout. In 1986-1987 Dr. Mattiello and Wolfgang Vogt co-authored two books on the topic of this book; it was a seminal work and the first book dealt with the Stalags, the second one with the Oflags and other camps; a total of 2400 handstamps used by the censors of the camps to prove they had examined the POW mail were described and illustrated. Although much information was included in the two books some had to be reserved for a later work because of high printing costs. In fact the two volumes had exceeded 600 pages. In 2003 the author of this book wrote and published a book in German on the same subject. It was a limited edition and was soon out of print. In recent times there has been a noticeable revival of interest on POW mail and this new edition promises to satisfy the demand from those who were not able to secure a copy of the first edition and from new collectors and scholars. This new book provides the information published in 1986-1987 plus the information that had been omitted at the time, minus the illustrations of the censor marks. Needless to say that the author had dug into the files of the Red Cross Archives and spent long hours to retrieve very valuable information. He had tried to do the same at the Information Office of the German Army in Berlin, but was told that they did not have any of the information he was looking for. This means that there remain gaps here and there that will be near to impossible to fill The statistics of the Stalags before July 1941 are very detailed, and the nationalities of the prisoners of war and their number are given for those from: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Great Britain and British Commonwealth, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Finland, Soviet Union, USA and Yugoslavia. This is no small achievement and the appendix to this volume consists of 85 pages in colour featuring a very impressive selection from Mattiello’s collection. Although the covers and cards are described in German this is a very easy obstacle to overcome with the use of the internet. Additionally, it is very useful to the collector who decides to mount his collection and organise it in a very sensible way. The book includes a cross reference list of nationalities and camps in which they were detained, as well as an alphabetical list of the location of the camps and related camp numbers. The book is well produced and reasonably priced; it will undoubtedly appeal to collectors from countries that had members of their army captured by German forces and detained in POW camps in Germany. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
Item Id #014596    See Details...