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[19791]  GB - YUGOSLAVIA … KOSOVO SERVICE SUSPENDED & RTS with P.O. LETTER & RETURN ENVELOPE..   1999 (Apr 6)
[19791]  GB - YUGOSLAVIA … KOSOVO SERVICE SUSPENDED & RTS with P.O. LETTER & RETURN ENVELOPE..   1999 (Apr 6)
[19791]  GB - YUGOSLAVIA … KOSOVO SERVICE SUSPENDED & RTS with P.O. LETTER & RETURN ENVELOPE..   1999 (Apr 6)
[19791]  GB - YUGOSLAVIA … KOSOVO SERVICE SUSPENDED & RTS with P.O. LETTER & RETURN ENVELOPE..   1999 (Apr 6)
[19791] GB - YUGOSLAVIA … KOSOVO SERVICE SUSPENDED & RTS with P.O. LETTER & RETURN ENVELOPE.. 1999 (Apr 6) Plain envelope to Pristina, Serbia - Kosovo from Jean Sibley, Nottingham bearing Machin 1st Class & 5p with alongside No Euro / Keep Our Pound sticker all tied Leicester Mail Centre datestamp & with Royal Mail /Dublin letter explaining that Service is Supended to Serbia, Montenegro & Kosovo together with larger Royal Mail envelope for Return to Sender .....3 items ....... ................................................................................................ Kosovo problems can be traced back to 1987 & the rise of Slobodan Milosovec during the turmoil within Yugoslavia after the death of Tito, in 1980, who had held the whole region together after WW2. See : http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/kosovo/etc/cron.html Riots began in 1989 after Milosovec engineered alterations to the Serbian constitution that greatly affected the Kosovarians & by 1994 ethnic cleansing was being enacted that causes NATO airstrikes from 24 April against Bosnian Serbs & 1996 sees the rise of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) who on 23 Feb 1998 get labelled Terrorists by the USA thus giving Milosevic (in his mind anyway) a green light resulting in greater aggression but by 7 May 1998 the USA backtrack & stated "We will not allow the Serbs to do in Kosovo what they can no longer do in Bosnia" resulting in economic sanctions & an arms embargo with many talks taking place, while Serbian attacks & KLA retaliation’s continue throughout the year while multi national peacekeeping forces are drafted in. Finally on 20 Jun 1999 Serbs complete a withdrawal from Kosovo & on 20 Sep 1999 KFOR confirms that KLA has also completed demilitarisation.
US$50
[19573]  ARGENTINA - FALKLAND Is…..1982 ARGENTINE FORCES WAR RETURNED TO SENDER.  1982 (Jun 8)
[19573]  ARGENTINA - FALKLAND Is…..1982 ARGENTINE FORCES WAR RETURNED TO SENDER.  1982 (Jun 8)
[19573] ARGENTINA - FALKLAND Is…..1982 ARGENTINE FORCES WAR RETURNED TO SENDER. 1982 (Jun 8) Plain envelope to Argentine soldier, 1st Brigada Aerea, Fuerza Aerea Argentino, C.P. 9409 with red Pte. Derqui 8500 peso Meter canceller with red unframed Al Remitente & 3 line Delivery Impossible at Comadoro Rivadavia & on reverse 8 Sep 1982 arrival hand stamp ...................... The Falklands War commenced when Argentine forces invaded the islands on 2 Apr 1982 & ended with the Argentine surrender 74 days later on 14 June after the British had mobilised a Task force on the 5 Apr to evict them.
US$200
[19399]  GERMANY - TURKEY….1st BALKAN WAR CAUSE DE GUERRE…  1913 (Feb 13)
[19399]  GERMANY - TURKEY….1st BALKAN WAR CAUSE DE GUERRE…  1913 (Feb 13)
[19399] GERMANY - TURKEY….1st BALKAN WAR CAUSE DE GUERRE… 1913 (Feb 13) Plain Newspaper wrapper to Adrianopel bearing Geramny Germania 5 pf tied Berlin cds & with rare black unframed Cause de Guerre & framed Retour hand stamps .................................. The 1st Balkan war commenced when Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece & Montenegro mobilized with the Montenegrins declaring war against Turkey on 8 Oct 1912 followed by the others on 18 Oct. Adrianopel was beseiged from January to march 1913 by Bulgarian & later assisted by Serbian forces with the city surrendering on 26 March. A peace treaty was signed in London on 30 May 1913 with Turkey being the losers.
US$550
[19397]  USA - FRANCE ….WW1 CANNOT REACH DESTINATION...  1917 (Jun 7)
[19397]  USA - FRANCE ….WW1 CANNOT REACH DESTINATION...  1917 (Jun 7)
[19397] USA - FRANCE ….WW1 CANNOT REACH DESTINATION... 1917 (Jun 7) Plain envelope to Mon. Paul Lambert, 3rd Artillerie Coloniale, 7c Batterie, 5 Bie, Secteur Postal 173 bearing Washington 5c tied Boston /Mass /Roxbury Station Flag cancel & with black on buff Controle Postal Militaire label tied black oval Ouvert /377 /Par Autorite Militaire & on reverse violet unframed Le Destinataire N'A Pu Etre Atteint that roughly translates as "Cannot Reach destination"
US$150
[19394]  SWEDEN - RUSSIA …RETURN TO SENDER DUE TO WAR CONDITIONS..  1918 (Aug 9)
[19394]  SWEDEN - RUSSIA …RETURN TO SENDER DUE TO WAR CONDITIONS..  1918 (Aug 9)
[19394] SWEDEN - RUSSIA …RETURN TO SENDER DUE TO WAR CONDITIONS.. 1918 (Aug 9) Komitet Polski, Stockholm printed envelope registered to Petrograd bearing 35 ore tied Stockholm cds & with matching Registration label No 3199 + cyrillic Military Postal Control re-sealing label tied violet framed cryillic Opened by Censor No 1023 P.V.D. (Petrograd Military District)& unframed Russian & French instructional marks translating roughly as (Russian) Return to Sender Due to Wartime Circumstances & (French) Return / Delivery Impossible Due to the War & with on reverse Stockholm (31 Aug) arrival cds ................................................. Suprisingly this clearly did reach Petrograd so the real reason for returning remains a mystery for the time being
US$200
[18742]  LIBYA - ITALY …WW2 NORTH AFRICA RETURN TO SENDER.....  1941 (Dec 8)
[18742]  LIBYA - ITALY …WW2 NORTH AFRICA RETURN TO SENDER.....  1941 (Dec 8)
[18742] LIBYA - ITALY …WW2 NORTH AFRICA RETURN TO SENDER..... 1941 (Dec 8) Airmail envelope to Rome bearing Libia 2 x 50c tied X1 Ufficio cci. Concentramento cds & with black unframed Al Mittente & on reverse Sconosciuto dal Portale Tien (roughly Unknown to Authorities) ................................................................................... At this time the Allied forces under Auchinleck & the Italo-German Axis forces under Rommel were facing other prior to Rommel's second offensive of January 1942..
US$150
[18644]  ITALY - SWITZERLAND ...1943 SERVICE SUSPENDED & LATER DELETED....  1943 (Aug 10)
[18644]  ITALY - SWITZERLAND ...1943 SERVICE SUSPENDED & LATER DELETED....  1943 (Aug 10)
[18644] ITALY - SWITZERLAND ...1943 SERVICE SUSPENDED & LATER DELETED.... 1943 (Aug 10) Airmail envelope to Berne bearing Italy 50c tied Casteggio /Pavia cds & with black unframed Servizio Sospeso that has later been deleted in blue crayon and the mail allowed to proceed & with German Ab roller censor applied at Munich........................................ September 1943 was the month of the Italian Armistice following secret negotiations with the allies, it also marked the allied continued consolidation after the invasion of Sicily. Rome was still occupied by the Germans with Mussolini & the R.S.I active in Northern Italy. These events combined to affect the flow of mail but this item was later allowed to pass after deletion of the Service Suspended mark.
US$200
[18642]  ITALY - ALBANIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Feb 12)
[18642]  ITALY - ALBANIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Feb 12)
[18642] ITALY - ALBANIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER..... 1941 (Feb 12) Ala Littoria printed airmail envelope to italian captain, Special da Campo 101, Posta Militare 207 bearing Italy Pegasus 50c & Umbero 50c tied Siena cds & with violet unframed Al Mittente /Per Eventi Bellici (Unable to Deliver Due to War Conditions) hand stamp ........................ Scarce to Italian forces in involved in attacks on Albania & Greece. The Italians suffered greatly during these events losing a considerable number of men and an immense quantity of war supplies, equipment and munitions
US$170
[18641]  ITALY - FRANCE …WW2 RETURNED from VICHY NON-OCCUPIED FRANCE.....  1940 (Jul 22)
[18641]  ITALY - FRANCE …WW2 RETURNED from VICHY NON-OCCUPIED FRANCE.....  1940 (Jul 22)
[18641] ITALY - FRANCE …WW2 RETURNED from VICHY NON-OCCUPIED FRANCE..... 1940 (Jul 22) Studio Avvocato Pietro Berbieri printed envelope to Bouqueron par la Trouche, Isere bearing Italy 1.25 lira tied Milano cds & with Verificato Per Censura /(T O) label tied violet double circle Commissione Provinciale di Censura /Verificato /Torino 15 + black unframed Servizio Sospeso + Al Mittente hand stamps & with red ink manuscript Milan................................ Isere although in Vichy non occupied France was restricting Italian mail at this time as Itay had invaded French Territory around Nice & Monaco...
US$250
[18638]  ITALY - ERITREA …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Jan 28)
[18638]  ITALY - ERITREA …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Jan 28)
[18638] ITALY - ERITREA …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER..... 1941 (Jan 28) Commune Di Pistola printed envelope registered to Comando, C.R.E.I.M. at Massawa A.O.I. with red Comune di Pistola 85c meter cancellation & with R / Pistola/4220 registered label & with red unframed Al Mittente /Non Potuto Inoltrare /A Destino ( Return to Sender Not Possible to Deliver) hand stamp & on reverse Pistola (23 Apr) return cds .............The Allies from January 1941 onwards were conducting campaigns against Italian Somaliland , Ethiopia & Eritea & this item was affected by this offensive..
US$300
[18636]  ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER IMPOSSIBLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Jan 18)
[18636]  ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER IMPOSSIBLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Jan 18)
[18636] ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER IMPOSSIBLE TO DELIVER..... 1941 (Jan 18) Sindacato Italiano Costruzioni Appalti Marittimi printed airmail envelope to Company offices at Chisimao bearing Italy 1 lira & 75c tied Novara Ferrrovia cds & with black unframed Al Mittente /Per Impossibile Inoltrare ( No Possibility of Forwardinng) .............The Allies from January 1941 onwards were conducting campaigns against Italian Somaliland & Ethiopia & this item was affected by this offensive
US$400
[18635]  ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Feb 2)
[18635]  ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Feb 2)
[18635] ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER..... 1941 (Feb 2) Airmail envelope to Aeroporto 419 Squardron P.M. A.O. I. bearing Italy pair 50c & 75c tied Novara /Ferrova cds & with black framed Al Mittente /Non Potuto Recapitare /Per Eventi Bellici ( Return to Sender Unable to Deliver Due to War Conditions) hand stamp & with Novara /Arriva (12 Sep) return cds .............The Allies from January 1941 onwards were conducting campaigns against Italian Somaliland & Ethiopia & this item was affected by this offensive
US$350
[18634]  ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Jan 24)
[18634]  ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1941 (Jan 24)
[18634] ITALY - ITALIAN SOMALILAND …WW2 RETURN TO SENDER UNABLE TO DELIVER..... 1941 (Jan 24) Airmail envelope to Italian soldier at Posta Militare1002 bearing Italy 1 lira & 25c tied Novara/Ferrovia cds & with Verificato Per Censura label tied black (27) & with framed Al Mittente /Non Potuto Recapitare Per Eventi Bellici ( Return to Sender Unable to Deliver Due to War Conditions) hand stamps & Novara (13 Oct) return cds .............The Allies from January 1941 onwards were conducting campaigns against Italian Somaliland & Ethiopia & this item was affected by this offensive
US$350
[18632]  ITALY - USA …WW2 AFFECTED by PEARL HARBOUR ATTACK.....  1941 (Dec 9)
[18632]  ITALY - USA …WW2 AFFECTED by PEARL HARBOUR ATTACK.....  1941 (Dec 9)
[18632] ITALY - USA …WW2 AFFECTED by PEARL HARBOUR ATTACK..... 1941 (Dec 9) Plain envelope by airmail to New York N.Y. bearing Italy 2 x 2 lira + 3 x 1 lira + 2 x 75c + 50c making 9 lira rate tied Pescara cds & with black unframed Al Mittente /Per Servizio Sospeso (Return to Sender Service Suspended) & on reverse Verificato Per Censura label tied black circular Ufficio Censura Posta Estera plus violet 87 over 1 within circle & 1 over 4 framed hand stamps .............Posted the day after the 8 Dec Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour rated for Trans Atlantic airmail via Lisbon & 2 days before Germany & Italy declared war (11 Dec 41) on the USA resulted in this item never leaving Italy
US$250
[18629]  ITALY - RUSSIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1943 (Feb 2)
[18629]  ITALY - RUSSIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1943 (Feb 2)
[18629]  ITALY - RUSSIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER.....  1943 (Feb 2)
[18629] ITALY - RUSSIA …WW2 UNABLE TO DELIVER..... 1943 (Feb 2) Plain envelope together with letter to Italian soldier 5 Regt. at P.M. 108 located on the Eastern Front Russia bearing Italy 50c tied Pavia cds & with violet framed Al Mittente /Non Potuto Recapitare /Per Eventi Bellici ( Return to Sender Unable to Deliver Due to War Conditions) & with on reverse Pavia (31 May) arrival cds .............At this time the Axis forces were still moving forward but the Russians proved stubborn & were indeed to take the offensive on 12 July & this mail seems to have been caught up in the fluidity of forces movements
US$250
[18628]  YUGOSLAVIA - ITALY …WW2 ITALIAN FORCES SERVICE SUSPENDED....  1943 (Jul 11)
[18628]  YUGOSLAVIA - ITALY …WW2 ITALIAN FORCES SERVICE SUSPENDED....  1943 (Jul 11)
[18628] YUGOSLAVIA - ITALY …WW2 ITALIAN FORCES SERVICE SUSPENDED.... 1943 (Jul 11) Italian Military Umberto Di Savoia stationary card by airmail to Italian soldier at Posta Militare 63 located at Sicily from another soldier stationed with Italian forces at Dubrovnik bearing Italy 50c tied Posta Militare /N.91 cds & with violet unframed 94th Reggiment cachet + blue 260 within circle & black unframed Al Mittente /Servizio non Ammesso (Service not Admitted) hand stamps ..............Sicily was invaded by the Allies on 10 Jul 43 & fully ooccupied by the 17 August being the reason this coulld not be delivered.... Soldier to soldier Service Suspended mail is very uncommon..
US$300
[18626]  ITALY - GERMANY ...1945 ITALIAN SOCIAL REPUBLIC SERVICE SUSPENDED....  1945 (Jan 29)
[18626]  ITALY - GERMANY ...1945 ITALIAN SOCIAL REPUBLIC SERVICE SUSPENDED....  1945 (Jan 29)
[18626] ITALY - GERMANY ...1945 ITALIAN SOCIAL REPUBLIC SERVICE SUSPENDED.... 1945 (Jan 29) Plain envelope to Germany bearing Italy R.S.I. 2 x pairs 10c + 2 x 20c + Caesar 20c making 100c rate tied by Verona cds & with Verificato /Per /Censura label tied black 29 within circle applied in Italy + blue 7229 & 7183 within framed boxes + red Ad within circle appliied in Munich + violet unframed Zuruck / Posiverkehr Eingestellt /Retour Service Suspendu hand stamps & on reverse Verona (29 Jan) despatch cds & manuscrippt annnotations regarding returned mail..............At this time the military activity by the allies in Italy & also Germany was disrupting communications...Service suspended from R.S.I is scarce
US$500
[18624]  ITALY - SWITZERLAND…WW1 SERVICE SUSPENDED…  1918 (May 16)
[18624]  ITALY - SWITZERLAND…WW1 SERVICE SUSPENDED…  1918 (May 16)
[18624] ITALY - SWITZERLAND…WW1 SERVICE SUSPENDED… 1918 (May 16) Plain envelope to Pierre Perrin Fils, Fribourg bearing Italy red Cross issue pair 5c tied Milano 5 cds & with Verificato /Per /Censura label tied black unframed Milano /Posta Estero & with (118) Verificato /Per Censura + Al Mittenti /Servizio Sospeso & on reverse red unframed Miilano /Posta Estero hand stamps ........ At this time the Austrians were were amassing forces on the front line in readiness for the June offensive which affected communications out of Italy to Switzerland
US$170
[18622]  ITALY (SARDINIA)
[18622]  ITALY (SARDINIA)
[18622] ITALY (SARDINIA) - TURKEY (BEIRUT)…WW1 COMMUNICATIONS SUSPENDUES… 1914 (Dec 23) Coloured picture post card entitled "Bone - Porte des Karesas"endorsed Via Brindisi & bearing on picture side Italy 5c tied Cagliari-Stazione (28 Dec) cds with a further strike on message side & with red circular Passed Censor /A applied Egypt + violet unframed "Communications Suspendues /Retour A L'Origine" hand stamps & with bi-lingual Beyrouth (11 Feb 1915) cds with on picture side black vernacular Arabic hand stamp ............................................... This card left Sardinia on 28 December arriving Beyrouth 11 Feb 15 while Britain had declared on war on Turkey on 5 Nov 14 but Italy was still neutral until 21 Aug 15.....A bit of a puzzle was the Communications Suspendues applied in Egypt on the outward journey, returning the card to Italy for transmission by a different route or was it mistaken it for British mail due to the Egyptian mark & applied on arrival at Beyrout with a failure to delete it once the true origin was noticed ??? Interesting
US$300
[18617]  IRELAND - FRANCE…WW2 TO OCCUPIED ZONE & NOT ADMISSIBLE…  1940 (May 14)
[18617]  IRELAND - FRANCE…WW2 TO OCCUPIED ZONE & NOT ADMISSIBLE…  1940 (May 14)
[18617] IRELAND - FRANCE…WW2 TO OCCUPIED ZONE & NOT ADMISSIBLE… 1940 (May 14) United States Lines printed envelope to Paris in Occupied France with return address of New York City bearing Eire 3d tied Gaillimh cds with black on Pink bi-lingual SP 1 Opened By Censor overlaid by PC90 Opened By /Examiner 4394 & with additional PC 90 Opened By /Examiner 1224 labels & red unframed "Zone Occupee" with Arrows each side +blue unframed "Retouur A L'Envoyeur /Relations Postales /Interrompues" + black "Retour /A L'Envoyeur /726" hand stamps ........ Posted the day, 14 May, that the Germans entered Paris but somehow found it's way into the Unoccupied (Vichy) Zone where the red Zone Occupee was applied & returned from 726 in France with Censorship taking place in Ireland then GB on the outward leg & again upon return to GB perhaps because of the return address being New York city & arousing suspicion
US$350
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