CENT19-1: Collector FDC Block WW1 France-Pologne Centenary DE GAULLE 1919-2019
CENT19-1: 2019 France - Maxi-FDC "WW1 / War 14-18 / 100 years diplomatic relations France-Poland / Captain de Gaulle (France) and General Haller (Poland)"
Illustration: Captain de Gaulle, Poilus in the trenches, Renault tanks, parade of Polish soldiers (Blue Army) at the Arc de Triomphe in 1919.
Postage France 2019 block 0.88€ and 1.30€ “France - Poland 1919-2019 / Blue Army, Cap. de Gaulle and Gen. Haller “
Postmarked Paris “First Day of Issue France-Poland“ 02.04.2019
“Strasbourg, European Parliament” receipt stamp on the back
Collector's Edition on “vellum” envelope (13.5 x 21cm), printed at only 40 numbered copies - Rare
CENTENARY OF WAR 14-18 AND CENTENARY OF FRANCE-POLAND DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS 1919-2019
The autonomous Polish "blue army" was created in June 1917 on the Western Front
Commanded by General Jozef Haller, fully equipped by France, it is nicknamed "the blue army", because of the horizon blue uniform of its soldiers. With 70,000 men, 18 planes and 120 Renault tanks, it formed the hard core of the forces of the Polish state which was resuscitated on November 11, 1918.
She returned to the country in the spring of 1919, accompanied by a French military mission responsible for training and equipping the new Polish army. Among the French instructors who created no less than sixteen schools of officers, the young Captain Charles de Gaulle.
Confronted with the offensive of the Red Army in 1920, the Polish army received material support from France, thus renewing the motto which was that of the Polish volunteers within the French army, “For our freedom and for the your". A story of friendship and solidarity born in pain of a common struggle. (source: Philinfo April 2019)
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