Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A FDC Card and A UNESCO Card

I have a couple of cards to mention today. One arrived yesterday from Caen France, sent by Stephane Cotard and two others arrived today, from Germany and Finland. I will show the French and German cards only. The card from France has 2 stamps issued 01March2008 and is therefore a FDC.The card has 2 special FDC postmarks showing the character Droopy.
The front of the postcard shows two pictures of Pegasus Bridge , one from 1944 and the other from 1993. Pegasus Bridge is located over the Caen Canal near Ouistreham, France. The bridge, also known as Benouville Bridge, after the neighbouring village, was a major objective of Operation Tonga. On the night of 5/6 June 1944, a force of 181 men landed in gliders to capture Pegasus Bridge. The object of this action was to prevent German armour from crossing the bridge and attacking the eastern flank of the landings at Sword Beach. After landing at 16 minutes past midnight, the attackers poured out of their gliders , completely surprising the German defenders , taking the bridge in 10 minutes. The events around Pegasus Bridge are depicted in the movie The Longest Day. The name Pegasus is derived from the shoulder emblem worn by the attacking British, which is the flying horse Pegasus. The bridge pictured was in use until 1993 when a replacement bridge was constructed. The original bridge has been preserved on the grounds of a museum located in the town of Ranville.

The other card shown pictures Regensburg, Germany. Regensburg , a city in Eastern Bavaria, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 13July2006. The card shows St. Peter's Cathedral and also the Stone Bridge , over the Danube. This card was sent by Ingrid, a fellow Postcrosser. She used a very nice stamp honoring Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002). The stamp is part of a joint issue with Sweden. Lindgren was a Swedish children's book author and is today remembered for writing the Pippi Longstocking stories.

That's all for this time.

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