Legion Stamps and Postal History
Ukrainian Security Units and the Galizien SS Division were assigned
Feldpost numbers. Ukrainians who had family members in Polish training
camps mailed registered special delivery covers. These covers used
German occupation Hitler series "General-Gouvernement" (Poland)
1943, two labels were issued by order of the "Halychyna" (Galizien)
Military Board of the Division. They were on sale in Divisional
Support Establishment Offices located in "Lviv" (Lemberg), Ukraine.
The sale of these labels aided the Divisional Welfare Fund.
price was 5zl per set. The labels were designed by S. Hordyns'kyj.
These labels are letterpress printed and perforated 10.5mm on ordinary
thicker creamy or white paper without gum. There are two design
The first label has the figure of a Galician soldier wearing
a German uniform and holding a rifle. Below on the right side is
a tank and above is the Galician national emblem. The color is pale
The second label shows the face of a soldier and the national
arm shield emblem listed on the upper left side. The color is red
brown. Both labels have no monetary value and have an Ukrainian
inscription below, which means Riflemen Division SS.
I know of one
philatelic postal cover, that show these labels franked with special
Military Board canceling circular handstamp. The cancels show the
Galician national emblem in the center with the inscription "WEHRAUSSCHUSS
GALIZIEN 4" (Military Committee Galician with no. 4). This organization
depended on the Ukrainian National Committee of Galicia, which was
responsible to all matters concerning the 14th SS Division. The
cover does not have an open address, however, it does have a return
address written in Ukrainian from the military administration "Halychyna,
Ave Parkova 10, Lviv." All labels that were not sold were destroyed
at Blonhofen near Kaufbeuren Germany.
12,000 Ukrainians were interned as POW in Rimini, Italy, eventually
transferring over POW camps in Great Britain (17 in England and
3 in Scotland).
After the war, the POW Camp in Rimini, Italy,
issued a number of labels honoring Ukrainian volunteers. These
labels were printed with equipment left over by the Germans. Labels
were used for internal camp correspondence. The Ukrainian Charity
Labels shown above depict soldiers from the Ukrainian liberation
army in combat.
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