Legion Stamps and Postal History
1941, the Norwegian government made an agreement with Germany
that mail sent by Norwegian volunteers in the German forces had
free Feldpost services. Postal rates of 20Rpf was charged for
packages sent from Germany weighing 250gms to 1000gms, and 35
Ore fee for those posted in Norway.
Feldpost mail from units with
open addresses were required to add the "Portofreie Dienstsache"
notation, even when dispatching mail through Feldpost offices.
All mail was censored. Normally Norwegian volunteers who were
enlisted in Waffen-SS formations had their Feldpost mail inspected
by SS examiners.
SS mail was examined and applied with circular
"As" censor markings and/or sealing tapes. Commercial or Feldpost
mail was also inspected and examined in Norway or Germany and
bore the circular "Ao" (Oslo) or "Ab" (Berlin) markings.
Because of the lack of faith in the local post offices,
in July 1942, a special postal service was established to serve
the civilian and military occupation authorities. This service
was the "Deutsche Dienstpost Norwegen," which remained in operation
until May 1945. Censored control marks were applied in Norway
for mail transferred from Feldpost to civil post office. They
were 15mm circular marks with the letters "FN" (Feldpost Norwegen)
and are found with numerals "1 through 5." They were used between
September 1942 till January 1944. A 16mm circular "FN" routing
stamp was used in northern Norway.
Norwegian Collaboration Stamps
The Norwegian postal administration issued stamps to support the Norwegian volunteers
serving in the German forces.
On 1 August 1941, a red semi-postal stamp was issued. It illustrates a Norwegian Legionnaire with
the Norwegian and Finnish flags waving in the background. The inscription reads the Norwegian
Legion and has a postal value of 20 + 80 Ore. The surtax was added to benefit
the Norwegian Legion. Only one hundred thousand stamps of this
issue were printed.
Note: An essay in a form of souvenir sheet
(105mm x 95mm) was printed but never issued. The stamp design
is the same as the Norwegian Legion. It in horizontal format with
the postal plus surtax value printed on the left side.
On 1 February 1941, a semi-postal stamp showing Quisling's portrait was issued
by the post office with a postal value of 20 + 30 Ore.
The following day the same stamp was overprinted in dark-red "1-2-1942" to commemorate Quisling's first day in office as Prime Minister.
Very scarce and interesting cover that illustrates the two semi-postal issues of Quisling's portrait. The cover commemorates the first day of Quisling as Prime Minister. It has the Oslo first day postal cancel applied on both stamps.
In September 26, 1942 the Quisling semi-postal stamp was re-issued.,
On your left shows Quisling portrait stamp with
an inscription for the 8th annual meeting of the National Unity Party.
The Norwegian National Unity Party was equivalent
to the German NAZI party.
The surtax from the sale of these stamps aided relatives of soldiers
killed in action.
On 12 October 1942, two regular postage stamps were
issued by the post office. Both stamps depicted two earlier stamps.
The first Norwegian stamp issued in 1855 is shown and next to
it is the Quisling semi-postal stamp. One stamp (red) valued at
20Ore, and the other (green) valued at 30Ore. These stamps were
issued to commemorate the European Postal Congress held at Vienna,
In 1942, the postal authorities issued official
stamps for Quisling's civil service and military personnel. These
stamps show the Norwegian Nazi Party Emblem and they were used
On 2 August 1943, a red-brown semi-postal stamp with a 20 + 80 Ore value was
issued. It shows a Viking warrior holding a shield emblazoned
with a cross and the inscription Front Fighter. The surtax supported
the Norwegian volunteer units. A badge showing the Front Fighter
was issued to Norwegian veterans returning from the Eastern Front.
Both Legion stamps were designed by Herald Damsleth and were valid
until 15 May 1945. The letter shown is a first day cover issue for the
Frontfighters semi-postal stamp, which incidentally shows the badge that
was awarded to Norwegian Eastern Front volunteers (See Norwegian Legion Awards web
Two different slogan postmarks were used: a
slogan with the inscription "BRUK FRONTKJEMPER FRIMERKET" (Purchase
the Front Fighter stamp) and a flaming heart shape shield with
the inscription "NORSK FRONT." The later slogan was posted for
only the months of April and March 1945. On 1 February 1942, the
Norwegian postal administration issued a red semi-postal stamp
with a 20 + 30 Ore value.
Den Norske Legion Label
In 1942 a propaganda label commemorating the participation of
the Norwegian Legion in the 1939-40 Finnish-Russo War was issued.
It is more likely attributed to the formation of the Norwegian
Legion already fighting in the Eastern Front. This yellow label
shows a medallion with steel helmet in the center and the flags
of Norway and Finland on opposite sides. The inscription reads
"Den Norske Legion."
A small badge of the medallion was made and worn by family members
who supported the Norwegian Legion.
Norwegian Postal Cover
first day cover showing the Norwegian Legion semi-postal was mailed
by a family member to a Norwegian Volunteer. The cover has been
censored by German military authorities, with a blue "Gepruft
Feldpostprufstelle" (Inspected Fieldpost Examiners Office).
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