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The postal stationery in Serbia during the German Occupation in WW2

Autor: Stephan Jürgens, AIJP

After the capitulation on April 18th, 1941, Yugoslavia was divided. Parts was annexed to Germany, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria and (Italian) Albania. Croatia - which included mostly of todays/former Bosnia-Herzegovina and parts of todays/former Serbia - became an independed state ruled by the fascist Ustashe and thier leader Ante Pavelic. The leftovers were the Territory of the (German) Military Commander in Serbia, who ordered the reopening of postal services for May 11th, 1941. Until the emission of own (overprinted) stamps and postal stationery in early June 1941, Yugoslavian stamps and stationery were used. These precursors are higly appreciated by collectors.

Axis occupation of Yugoslavia 1941-43

During the period of the German occupation the postal administration issued six postal stationery cards, the first four of them overprint issues, overprinting Yugoslavian postal stationery cards, followed by two cards, where the stamp shows a picture of the Serbian philologist Vuk Karadzic (1787-1864).

Source and further reading

The stationery

P1 - Yugoslavian 1 Dinar Postal Stationery (P 85) with green overprint

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 1

1941: 1 Din green postal stationery card, green overprint, from ILANZA 19.X.41 addressed to a POW in Stalag VII B.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 1, 3

1941: 1 Din green postal stationery card, green overprint, with additional 1 Din "Serbien" definitive, tied by continious Belgrad machine cancel, addressed to Germany, red machine censor mark (OKW) alongside.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 1

1941: 1 Din green postal stationery card, green overprint, used within Serbia with local framed censor mark.

P2 - Yugoslavian 1 Dinar Postal Stationery (P 85) with red overprint

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 2, 2

1941: 1 Din green postal stationery card, red overprint, with additional 0,50 Din "Serbien" definitives, from Belgrad, addressed to Cilli (Germany) = Celje Slovenia, red machine censor mark (OKW) alongside.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 2, 3

1941: 1 Din green postal stationery card, red overprint, with additional 1 Din "Serbien" definitive, from Belgrad, addressed to Cilli (Germany) = Celje Slovenia, red machine censor mark (OKW) alongside.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 2, 3

1941: 1 Din green postal stationery card, red overprint, with additional 1 Din "Serbien" definitive, from Belgrad, addressed to Cilli (Germany) = Celje Slovenia, red machine censor mark (OKW) alongside.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 2

1942: 1 Din green postal stationery card, red overprint, cancelled by KRALJEVO 11.III.42 cds, censored.

P3 - Yugoslavian 1 Dinar Postal Stationery (P 85) with violet overprint

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 3

1942: 1 Din green postal stationery card, violet overprint, posted in NIS, 30. I. (19)42, censored.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 3

1942: 1 Din green postal stationery card, violet overprint, posted in BEOGRAD, 2. X (19)42 addressed for VRSAC, censored.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 3

1942: 1 Din green postal stationery card, violet overprint, posted in Negotin, 25. 1 (19)43, censored.

Form usage

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 3, 71, 72b

1943: 1 Din green postal stationery card, violet overprint, outdated and used as form franked with 0,50 D deep purple-violet and 1 D bright red, posted in VALJEVSKA KAMENICA, 20. III (19)43 addressed for Belgrad, censored, with illegible propaganda mark "Biraj / red-zivot / nered-smrt / Srbije" (Choose / order - life / disorder - death / Serbia).

P4 - Not issued Yugoslavian 1.50 Dinar Postal Stationery with violet overprint

Form usage

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 4, 77

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card, violet overprint, outdated and used as form franked with 1,50 D reddish brown, posted in LAROVO, 23. IV (19)43, censored, with propaganda mark "Biraj / red-zivot / nered-smrt / Srbije" (Choose / order - life / disorder - death / Serbia).

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 4, 77

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card, violet overprint, outdated and used as form franked with 1,50 D reddish brown, posted in BEOGRAD, 16. VI (19)43, censored, with propaganda mark "Biraj / red-zivot / nered-smrt / Srbije" (Choose / order - life / disorder - death / Serbia).

P5 - 1.50 Dinar Postal Stationery "Vuk Karadzic"

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 5

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card "Vuk Karadzic posted in KIKINDA, 16. VIII (19)43 addressed for Belgrad, censored.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 5

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card "Vuk Karadzic posted in PALANKA SMED, 29. XII (19)43 addressed for UZICE, censored.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 5

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card "Vuk Karadzic posted in BEOGRAD 10, 14. II (19)44, censored.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 5

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card "Vuk Karadzic posted in Loznica, 5. X (19)43, censored.

Postal Stationery from the German Occupation of Serbia

Michel Nr: P 5

1943: 1,50 Din green postal stationery card "Vuk Karadzic posted in Loznica, 5. X (19)43, censored.

P6 - 2 Dinar Postal Stationery "Vuk Karadzic"