Saturday, November 14, 2009

Letter Germany And France

Overprint “ Lothringen” and Stamped With Porte des Allemands ("Gate of the Germans"), Metz, France 1940. ( Registered Mail)
Lothringen (eastern French) and Lorraine(northeast France)
Two districts lying between France and Germany. Long disputed between the two powers, Alsace and Lorraine were annexed by Germany in 1871, retaken by France in 1918, again occupied by Germany in 1939, and finally reoccupied by France in 1945. Individual overprints on German stamps were produced for Alsace and for Lorraine in 1940. On Jan. 1, 1942, they were replaced by regular German stamps