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VE Day

New Stamps Issued To Mark 75th Anniversary Of End Of Second World War

The 12-stamp set will go on sale from 8 May - the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

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A new set of stamps is being released to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Eight of the 12 Royal Mail stamps depict scenes of celebration by service personnel and civilians when news of the conflict’s end was announced.

The images include troops marching along London's Oxford Street, nurses celebrating in Liverpool and military personnel leaving a demobilisation centre, carrying their civilian clothes in boxes.

The other stamps show images of personnel returning from overseas and the return of children evacuated from cities.

Four additional stamps, displayed in a miniature sheet, show images of monuments and cemeteries built to remember the fallen, as well as a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

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One stamp shows Allied prisoners of war in Japan cheering their rescuers (Picture: Royal Mail).

"Our new stamps capture how the end of the war was greeted and the resulting return of service personnel after nearly six long years of conflict," said Philip Parker from Royal Mail.

"We also pay tribute to those who never returned, and the victims of the Holocaust."

The stamps will be on sale from 8 May - the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day. 

Despite the war ending in Europe in May 1945, the conflict continued until August when Japan surrendered to the Allies.

Cover image: Crowds celebrate VE Day in 1945 (Picture: Royal Mail).