A look at German philately during the first four months of 1945
6th January 1945. 600th Anniversary of the City of Oldenburg
600th anniversary of the city of Oldenburg, stamp printed in Berlin.
25th January 1945. German Home Guard
The German Home Guard or Volkssturm, the first stamp in the NSDAP Party series, (the others being SA, SS, NSFK and NSKK April-May 1945).
Stamp printed at the Vienna Printing Works.
20th April 1945. Party Formations SA and SS.
SA (Sturmabteilung) Brownshirts. SS (Waffen-SS) Armed SS. The Führers 56th Birthday.
These stamps were printed at the Vienna Printing Works and Vienna fell to the Soviets on the 13th April 1945. Just before Vienna fell to the Russians, two trucks started out for Berlin loaded with the SA/SS stamp sets, one truck was destroyed and only one truck made it to Berlin safely. These stamps were to be issued in Berlin only, for Hitlers birthday. Very few are known used and within a couple of days postal activity had stopped.
Imperf stocks are unfinished examples that fell into criminal hands after the fall of Vienna.
1945 Party Formations.
NSKK ( Motor Pool, Vehicle Driver Training).
NSFK ( Gliders, Flying Corps, Training).
These stamps exist in about a dozen sets, which had been sent to various postal authority officials before the fall of Vienna and the capture of the printing works.
(Reproductions, catalogue price for originals (2005) 24.000 euro each!)