Post by FairyFoot on Sept 17, 2013 16:00:32 GMT -5
cover I received, via Postcrossing forum (not for "stamps")
I am a letter writer, snailmail addict. I send therefore I receive. I also manage a letter writing/correspondence forum called A World of Snail Mail and have a blog (link is in my profile). I sometimes post pictures on Instagram (username morgaine_does_snail_mail) Stamp themes - science, nature, postal history, maps, nice stamps.
Sorry, MikeC99, i only had time to read your Air Force posting this time, but I will read the others as time pemits. Those postings are very interesting indeed - I had no idea there were any planes before Kitty Hawk, in the 19th Century. Can you imagine having an Air Force of ONE plane? At least it would be comparatively easy to keep track of!
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Malaysia 1966 National Monument ( Tugu Negara) triangular
The National Monument is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and the Malayan Emergency, which lasted from 1948 until 1960. It is located in the Federal capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is situated near the monument. Every year on 31 July on Warriors' Day, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Prime Minister and heads of military and the police pay their respects to the fallen heroes by laying garlands at the monument. On 27 August 1975, the monument suffered extensive damage due to an explosion set off by a communist terrorist. It has since been restored to its original state with the renovated statues unveiled on 11 May 1977. A fence was then erected and the complex was declared a protected area between sunset and dawn. Every day at dawn, a soldier raises the national flag and lowers it at dusk.
Commissioned in 1963 and constructed in 1966, the sculpture that stands as a centrepiece of the monument is 15 meters (49.21 feet) tall, made of bronze and was designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, who was also responsible for the Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia, United States.
The sculpture depicts a group of soldiers, with two slumped at the base and one holding the Malaysian national flag aloft. Each of the bronze figures symbolises leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice. The stones that the soldiers are standing on was imported from the small coastal city Karlshamn in South Eastern Sweden.
The granite base of the sculpture bears the Malayan Coat of Arms, flanked on either side by inscriptions in English in Latin script and Malay in Jawi script:
Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom. KEAMANAN means PEACE / KEMERDEKAAN means INDEPENDENCE
Sergeant Hassan of the Royal Malay Regiment Army (Combat Group)
During the Japanese invasion of Malaya during the Second World War, the Royal Malay Regiment begins recruiting young soldiers.RAMD - Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja (Royal Malay Regiment)The Royal Malay Regiment is one of two infantry regiments in the Malaysian Army. The regiment is the premier unit in the Malaysian Army. The Royal Malay Regiment began in 1930 with an “experimental” unit of 25 Malay recruits under a British officer. The unit remained small until 1939, when it was expanded into the 1st Battalion of the Royal Mayal Regiment (Rejimin Askar Melayu DiRaja).A second Royal Malay battalion was formed in December 1941, less than a week before Japanese troops began landing in Malaya. The two battalions formed the 1st Malaya Brigade, and fought on the mainland alongside 44th Indian Brigade. At its height, 27 battalions of the Malay Regiment were formed.
Hassan was just a village boy and was forbidden to join Army by his foster father who orders him to take care of his orchard instead. Due to this, the villagers start calling him a coward. Consequently, he runs away from home in order to join the Regiment. Hassan wants to prove to the villagers that he is capable to be a good soldier. Not long after, he was promoted as a Sergeant.
When the Japanese invaded Malaya, Sergeant Hassan with his comrades fight them bravely. Hassan also saves his good friend who is made a POW by the Japanese. At the same time, his own village friend becomes a traitor of his own nation by becoming a member of the Japanese secret agent Kempeitai. Kempeitai was the Japanese Army Military Police branch used by the Japanese Imperial Army during its occupation in South East Asia. He uses his powers to raid the village and to force women to marry him. His attempt fails when Sergeant Hassan and his comrades liberate the village from the Japanese, while Hassan himself defeats this man in a one-on-one fight.
As the British were quickly defeated by the Japanese, so as the Malay who despite giving a good fight, were later captured and brought to a POW camp. Hassan managed to escape but was wounded in his arm during the process. He was later rescued by British and Malay resistance soldiers presumably the Force 136. He joined them and together they wrecked havoc to the Japanese by sabotaging rail lines, communication facilities etc.
In 1945, a stamp was issued honoring American achievements during World War II. A large group of soldiers is depicted with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. The stamp is drawn from a black-and-white photograph.
1948 US Postage 3 cent stamp These Immortal Chaplains
This stamp honors four chaplains that were from different religious backgrounds.They all went to "chaplain school".being shipped overseas with the Army Troop ship, DORCHESTER, with more than 900 men on-board. On February 3 1943, at about 3am, the submarine U-223 hit the mid-section of the DORCHESTER. Ammonia and oil were everywhere in the fast sinking vessel. The ship was 100 miles of the coast of Greenland and going down quickly in the icy sea. The 4 chaplains, two protestant pastors, a Catholic priest and a Jewish Rabbi were among the first on deck. Calming the men and handing out life jackets until the last one was gone, they each took off their own and put it on he next man in line. The ship went down 18 minutes after it was hit and witnesses tell of the final vision of the four chaplains standing arm-in-arm on the hull, each praying in his own way for the men They were aboard the S.S. Dorchester when it was struck by an enemy torpedo. Selfishly, they gave up their live jackets to sailors knowing full well they would perish with the ship. Only 230 men were saved from the freezing water. It was the third largest disaster for the US in World War 2.
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