75th Anniversary of Operation Pedestal – MaltaPost stamp issue
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A miniature sheet bearing one stamp to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the naval effort ‘Operation Pedestal,’ is to be issued by MaltaPost.
Operational Pedestal, a World War II naval operation by the Allies, also known as – Il-Konvoy ta’ Santa Marija – was aimed at relieving Malta from starvation and a shortage of essential supplies, after the islands had already suffered two years of incessant bombing by the Axis air force.
To commemorate this 75th anniversary, the €3.00 stamp which is being issued, depicts the Siege Bell War Memorial located near the Lower Barrakka Gardens, in Valletta.
The memorial was designed by sculptor Michael Sandle and commemorates all those who lost their lives throughout the siege of Malta between 1940 and 1943.
Designed by Cedric Galea Pirotta, the stamp was measures 31mm x 44mm, with a perforation of 13.9 x 14.0 (comb.) bearing the Maltese Cross mark. The sheet measures 120mm x 80mm. Printex Limited printed 20,000 miniature sheets.
This philatelic issue will be available as from next Thursday, the 10th of August, from any Post Office, online at www.maltaphilately.com or by mail from the Philatelic Bureau, MaltaPost p.l.c. 305, Qormi Road, Marsa, MTP 1001; Telephone: 2596 1740; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.