World War 2 in Stamps

Most of the main events and British personalities of World War 2 have been portrayed on postage stamps. Many more are featured on stamp artwork not chosen for the final issues.

Stamps are often issued to mark significant dates and anniversaries, such as the Battle of Britain, D-Day, or the death of Winston Churchill.

Sometimes a commemorative stamp issue will feature people, places and events from World War 2 amongst a wider theme, such as maritime heritage, or scientific achievement.

This online exhibition was put together by the BPMA as part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the end of the war. It includes stamps and stamp artwork from our enormous philatelic collection.

Image of Churchill


Sir Winston Churchill became the living symbol of British resistance during World War 2.

Image of Radar & Robert Watson-Watt

Radar & Robert Watson-Watt

The development of a system for the radio detection of aircraft.

Image of Reginald Mitchell & the Supermarine Spitfire

Reginald Mitchell & the Supermarine Spitfire

Undoubtedly the most famous fighter plane of World War 2.

Image of Anglo-French Union

Anglo-French Union

A stamp produced as part of efforts to create a political union between France and the UK.

Image of Hugh Dowding & Fighter Command

Hugh Dowding & Fighter Command

Dowding developed an integrated air defence system.

Image of Submarines


During the war the Royal Navy embarked on daring missions to sink German U-boats.

Image of Battle of Britain

Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign of any war to be fought in the air.

Image of Viscount Cunningham & HMS Warspite

Viscount Cunningham & HMS Warspite

Cunningham was a legendary wartime naval commander.

Image of Sir Arthur Harris & the Lancaster bomber

Sir Arthur Harris & the Lancaster bomber

Harris is possibly the most famous air commander of the Second World War.

Image of Jersey Occupation stamps

Jersey Occupation stamps

An action of resistance against the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands by Edmund Blampied.

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