Warcovers :: 1919-1938


Military postal history, censor covers

1918-22 Russian Revolutionary   1920 Russo-Polish   1935-6 Italo-Ethiopian   1936-9 Spanish Civil
1919 Third Afghan   1920-22 Greek-Turkish   1877-8 Russo-Turkish   1937-9 Chinese-Japanese



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1931 circa. PC and photo. [Officer with Medals] MANCHURIA to Japan

c.1931 Military PC and photo from MANCHURIA to Japan. High ranking Officer [Colonel?] with 4 Campaign Medals: Order of Rising Sun etc. [Japanese invasion of Manchuria, Republic of CHINA, began on Sept. 18, 1931 - 27 Feb. 1932] Ref: 304-111.

Price: £20.00
1931 cover CHINA to GB endorsed 'per "General Lee"

1931 cover from CHINA to GB endorsed 'per "General Lee" with poor s/r. p/m. Ref: 304-053.

Price: £15.00
1931 cover IRAQ to Canada '30 (B) Squadron, RAF Mosul'

1931 (Dec) cover from IRAQ to Canada with poor d/r. MOSUL p/m. endorsed 'Overland Mail' and d/r. BAGHDAD transit p/m. From 'GD Male, 30 (B) Squadron, RAF Mosul, Iraq'. Also 'Palm Tree 30 VENTRE A TERRE' crest to flap. Royal Air Force: Fighting rebels. Ref: 300-122.

Price: £35.00
1932 Air Mail cover GB to '47 Bomber Squadron, RAF, Khartoum, Sudan'

1932 (March) Air Mail cover from GB to '47 Bomber Squadron, RAF, Khartoum, Sudan' [9d. RATE] Also s/r. SHELLAL-PALEA receipt p/m. to rear. 1927-1941: Supporting Sudan Defence Force. Oct. 1927 - May 1940: Khartoum. NB: Folded. Ref: 307-101.

Price: £15.00
1932 card 'SP 615. Armee du Levant' with real photos ALEP

1932 card [PC size] '1st Regiment de Spahis Marocains. SP 615. Armee du Levant'. Opens out with real photos of ALEP - Le quarter Ving. En operation ABOUNDOUHOUR 1931. Also Birouac du Regiment Le groupe motorise. Ref: 306-102.

Price: £15.00
1932 cover GB to 'HQ Defence Force, Shanghai, China' ARMY SIGNALS p/m.

1932 (22nd. Dec) cover from GB to 'Captain Philip Catt, HQ Defence Force, Shanghai, CHINA' with circ ARMY SIGNALS / F HO code p/m. [28th. Jan. 1933] and SHANGHAI receipt m/c. [25th. Jan. 1933] Also weak oval HEADQUARTERS cachet. Redirected to 'SNC'. Capt PH Catt of the Scots Guards. Creased. Ref: 302-058.

Price: £90.00
1933 (Dec) ps cover [Three halfpence] CHINA to GB. FPO 1 p/m.

1933 (Dec) ps cover [Three halfpence] from CHINA to 'Tomlin', GB with d/r. FPO 1 p/m. [Tientsin] endorsed 'via Suez'. Postal stationary. Ref: 308-152.

Price: £30.00
1933 Air Mail cover SUDAN to GB. 47 Squadron Royal Air Force

1933 Air Mail cover from SUDAN to GB with s/r. KHARTOUM p/m. and '47 SANS PEUR' crest to flap - 47 Squadron, Royal Air Force: January 1933, continuing its operations in support of the Sudan Defence Force and floatplane patrols over the Red Sea. RAF. [Earlier unofficial motto - 'Without fear'] Ref: 308-132.

Price: £20.00
1933 cover from SOERABAJA regarding the mutiny on RNN Pantzerschip

1933 cover from SOERABAJA regarding the mutiny on the RNN Pantzerschip, (Coastal Defense Ship) Hr. Ms. "Zeven Provincien". Violet K.M. censor's handstamp "Geopend door Censuur / MARINE". Diverted to the island of Madoera on which the mutineers were incarcerated prior to the Dutch Navy inquest and trial to the mutiny. Cover shows the censors redirection to Madoera in pink crayon and the blue aniline crayon postal large "M" also giving direction. From 'Hasanah Paneleh'. He was not a member of the crew, but probably an acquaintance of the recipient, whose name was wrongly spelled and rank not given on the envelope. The matelo concerned we believe was a certain, matroos 2nd class, service number 1310, 'S. Dareno'. [Refer to: page 2, Group III, (4th man listed), from the original inquiry documents. Copy on request] NB: Extremely poor condition. Ref: 302-114.

...…..Matroos Dareno, was awake though having just completed a ten hour watch on the Saturday. At 10.00 he heard a commotion and armed crew running around on deck, witnessing the mutiny taking place and realised the situation he was confronted with. He with three other sailors attempted an escape in one of the ships sloops over the port side of the hull. However he and his mates who attempted to leave the ship were prevented from doing so by armed mutineers one with pistol in hand and another with a fixed bayoneted rifle. No matter who or who was not involved with the mutiny the whole ships complement were transported and kept on the island of Madoera after the incident and up until the inquiry had finished and sentences passed.

Price: £60.00
1933 cover HONG KONG to GB. RFHMS m/c. RN Hospital h/s.

1933 (21st. Aug.) cover from HONG KONG to GB with LONDON RFHMS m/c. [24th. Sept] and oval SENIOR PHARMASISTS / RN HOSPITAL, HONG KONG h/s. Royal Navy. Ref: 305-134.

Price: £15.00
1933 PPC INDO-CHINA to France. oval Francaise Militaire h/s. Aviso "MARNE"

c.1933 PPC from INDO-CHINA to France with oval Francaise Militaire h/s. and s/l. Aviso "MARNE" - French Navy Sloop. REf: 306-069.

Price: £20.00
1934 Air Mail cover MALAYA to 'Royal Air Force, Lea on Solent, Hants'

1934 Air Mail cover [55 cent RATE] from MALAYA to 'RAF Coastal Area HQ, Royal Air Force, Lea on Solent, Hants' endorsed 'By Dutch Air Mail Via Amsterdam'. Redirected with d/r. AIR MINISTRY / PERSONAL LETTER SECTION receipt p/m. Ref: 306-126.

Price: £20.00
1934 cover ADEN to GB. 2 Anna 6 pie adhesive. RAF '8 Squadron' crest to flap

1934 (July) cover from ADEN to GB with d/r. ADEN p/m. cancelling Indian 2 Anna 6 pie adhesive. Also RAF '8 Squadron' crest to flap. [Royal Air Force] Ref: 305-103.

Price: £15.00
1935 cover ERITREA to Italy with POSTA MILITARE 1 "E" p/m.

1935 cover from ERITREA to Italy with d/r. POSTA MILITARE 1 "E" p/m. and CANTARIA receipt m/c. to rear. Ref: 305-115.

Price: £15.00
1935 photo 'HITLER's other side' Dr GOEBBELS, his Propoganda Minister

1935 real photo 'HITLER's other side' 18.6.35. Herr Hitler (left) and Dr GOEBBELS, his Propoganda Minister, in one of their lighter moments, as the latter introduces his little daughter'. 250 x 160 mm. Ref: 299-148.

Price: £6.00
1935 unused real photo PPC "Bristol" Bombay Bomber transport (K-3583)

1935 unused real photo PPC "Bristol" Bombay Bomber transport (K-3583). The prototype Type 130 (K3583) was first flown on 23rd June 1935, powered by two 750 hp Pegasus III engines and twin bladed propellers. Flight testing was successful and an order was placed for 80 aircraft in July 1937. Ref: 303-011

Price: £6.00
1936 (June) 'Special Delivery' cover USA to GB. NEW YORK p/m. Via "QUEEN MARY"

1936 (5th. June) 'Special Delivery' cover from USA to GB endorsed Via "QUEEN MARY" with NEW YORK p/m. [Queen Mary sailed on her maiden voyage on 27 May 1936 and captured the Blue Riband in Aug. 1936] Folded. Ref: 303-004.

Price: £15.00
1936 cover FRANCE to 'Autogruppe delle Harrar, Die Daoua, Ethiopie'

1936 (June) cover from FRANCE to 'Autogruppe delle Harrar, Die Daoua, Ethiopie' and 'Orientale Italiane'. Italian motor group in Ethiopia. The Second Italo–Ethiopian War [Second Italo–Abyssinian War] was a colonial war that started in Oct. 1935 and ended in May 1936. On 18 Dec. 1936 Ras Imru finally surrendered to the Italians near the Gojeb River. Consequently Italy declared the country pacified. Ref: 304-137.

Price: £25.00
1936 PC FRANCE - Ministry of War - Recruitment Bureau - Centre of Mobilisation

1936 PC FRANCE - Ministry of War - Recruitment Bureau - Centre of Mobilisation. Ordre De Convocation sous les Drapeaux with TOURS m/c. Ref: 301-037.

Price: £6.00
1936 PPC (Armate Africa Orientale Map) ERITREA to Italy. POSTA MILITARE p/m.

1936 PPC (Armate Africa Orientale Map) from ERITREA to Italy with d/r. POSTA MILITARE p/m. Folded. Ref: 302-140.

Price: £12.00