France (A.E.F.) - Mike White - Worldwide Postal History. Censored and Military Mail.
| FRENCH EEQUATORIAL AFRICA - FRANCE…WW2 SERVICE SUSPENDED… 1940 (Sep 28) Airmail envelope to Bordeaux bearing A.E.F. 3f 75 & 25c tied Fernan-Vaz /Gabon cds & with blue unframed Retour A L'Envoyeur /Relations Postales /Interrompues (Return to Sender Postal Relations are Interupted) hand stamp & on reverse black circular Controle Postal /Afrique Equatoriale Francaise /Commision hand stamp & Port Gentil /Gabon (1 Oct) outward + Port Gentil /Gabon (27 Dec) return cds + unclear ??? /A.E.F. (30 Dec) arrival cds ......... Germany invaded France in May 1940 & after the armistice of 22 June divided the country into an Occupied Zone & Unoccpied Zone administered by Vichy France. Germany placed severe restictions on mail entering & leaving the occupied zone.
| INDIA-SOUTH AFRICA..REDIRECTED to FRENCH EQUITORIAL AFRICA & DOUBLE CENSORED... 1943(Mar ??) Plain env by airmail [but disallowed] to Sergeant Chef Burch, Delegation de la France Libre, Cape Town, & forwarded to Depot de Guerre, Brazzaville, Fr. Equatorial Africa fnkd 3˝a tied Indian d/s & w/red on white Arms 64C/Opened By Censor label tied unframed DHC/457 h/s & losenge Crown/Passed/DHC/6 h/s & w/Cape Town [28 Apr] transit d/s & black on white Afrique Francaise Libre label tied pointed oval Ouvert/Par/L'Autorite Militaire h/s & on rev leopoldville [29 Apr], Elisabethville [4 May] transit d/s & Brazzaville [20 May] arrival d/s
| FRANCE - FRENCH EQUITORIAL AFRICA ...1942 VICHY & ALLIED CENSORSHIP.... 1942 (Sep 16) Plain envelope together with letter to Administrechen des Colonier a Aboudeia , Dakar & forwarded to Fort Lamy bearing Petain 1.50f tied Bourjoin /Isere cds with Controle Postale label tied oval Ouvert /Par les /Autorite des Controle h/s in black with alongside circular Controle Postale /Afrique /Equatoriale /Francaise /Commission E h/s + similar for Commission G h/s both in black & A/2 in small circle h/s with PC90 Opened By Examiner label tied losenge Crown /Passed / PP 25 h/s applied in Nigeria with on back St. Therse of Lisieux label tied A.E.F. Tchad )17 Mar 43) ............Creases & other faults to an interesting item originating in Vichy France & in transit 182 days with censorship by Free French in AEF & British in Nigeria