From 1914 to 1918, German occupation stamps were
issued for the occupation of Belgium. These were intended for
the "Landespost" or "National Post Offices" within the
"Generalgouvernment Belgien" or the "General Government of Belgium".
The contemporary definitive postage stamps of Germany were utilized for these two issues. With the vast number of overprint varieties used on the Belgian issues, this could be a philatelic specialty in itself.
I will not address all the different permeations of the overprints and surcharges on these stamps in detail in this article. For those interested in specializing in this area, please refer to the Michel Deutschland Spezialkatalog Vol. I.
The first group of overprints were issued in October 1914 and used through 1918. Nine denominations, from the 3 Pf. through the 2 Mark, were used for this set. Two of them are shown in the image above.
The surcharges on the Pfennig denominations were spelled out as "Centimes", and on the Mark high denominations, they were abbreviated as "Fr".
The Centimes on Pfennig denomination issues come with two different overprint settings. The 75 Centime on 60 Pf. comes in two different shades.
Most of the stamps in this format and the varying varieties are relatively affordable.
The second group of overprints were issued in May 1916 and used through 1918. Sixteen surcharge denominations on concurrent German stamps, from the 2 Pf. through the 5 Mark, were used for this set. Nine of them are shown in the image above.
The surcharges on the Pfennig denominations were abbreviated as "Cent.", and on the Mark high denominations, they were abbreviated as "F".
This series includes many overprint settings and varieties, as well as multiple shade varieties on the lower denominations, and perforation hole variations on the Representative Subject high denominations.
A non-obtainable rarity also exists .... the 2 Franc 50 Centime surcharge on the German 1 Mark Representative Subject stamp. Only 20 of them were produced.
Belgium and the Western Front were where much of World War I was
fought, these issues were all widely used, and today, all but a few of them are very
affordable, both in mint and in used condition.
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