1-4: Spring Fair in Leipzig (1940)
5: 2nd National Philatelic Exhibition in Berlin (1940)
6: Labor Day (1940)
7: Blue Ribbon Derby in Hamburg (1) (1940)
8: 7th Brown Ribbon Horse Races at Munich (1940)
9,10: Annexation of Eupen and Malmedy (2) (1940)
1: 50 Years of Heligoland under German Authority (3) (1940)
2-10: Winter Relief Fund: Buildings (1940)
11: 50th Anniversary of Discovery of Diphtheria Serum by Dr. Behring (4) (1940)
1: Stamp Day (1941)
2: German-Italian Axis (5) (1941)
3-6: Spring Fair in Leipzig (1941)
7-10: Spring Fair in Vienna (1941)
11,12: Postal Employees' Fund (1941)
13-16: Postal Employees' Fund (1941)
17: Blue Ribbon Derby in Hamburg (1941)
18: 8th Brown Ribbon Horse Races at Munich (1941)
19: Berlin Grand Prix (1941)
20,21: Autumn Fair in Vienna (1941)
1: Hitler 51st Birthday (1940)
2: Hitler 52nd Birthday (1941)
3: W. A. Mozart (6) 150th Death Anniversary (1941)
4: Hitler 53rd Birthday (1942)
1941 Annexation of Northern Slovenia (7):
1: Stamp Day (1942)
2: Hero Memorial Day (1942)
3: Blue Ribbon Derby in Hamburg (1942)
4: 9th Brown Ribbon Horse Races at Munich (1942)
5: German Society for Goldsmiths' Art Decennial (1942)
6: War Effort Day of the SA Troops (8) (1942)
7: P. Henlein (inventor of pocket watch) 400th Death Anniversary (1942)
8-10: European Postal Congress in Vienna (1942)
11: 1942 Signing of European Postal-Telegraph Agreement at Vienna (overprint on Postal Congress set)
12: Military Airmail Stamp (1942)
(1) Blue Ribbons were horse races held annually in Hamburg.
(2) In 1940, after their invasion of Belgium, the German army annexed the former (before 1920) German districts Eupen & Malmedy (and also the municipalities with germanic dialects in the East).
(3) Heligoland is a strategically located island in the North Sea. The island was seized by Great Britain in 1807 during the Napoleonic wars. Britain transferred the island to Germany in 1890, in exchange for some German claims in East Africa.
(4) Emil A. von
Behring (1854-1917) was born at Hansdorf. Between 1874 and 1878, he studied
medicine at the Army Medical College in Berlin. He was mainly a military doctor
and then became professor of Hygienics within the Faculty of Medicine at the
University of Marburg, a position he would hold for the rest of his life.
Behring won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1901 for developing a serum therapy against diphtheria and tetanus. The former had been a scourge of the population, especially children, whereas the other was a leading cause of death in wars, killing the wounded. Behring died at Marburg, however, his name lives on in Dade Behring, the world's largest company dedicated solely to clinical diagnostics.
(5) On October 21, 1936, Germany and Italy signed a formal alliance which came to be known as the Rome-Berlin Axis. This alliance contained a protocol committing Germany and Italy to follow a common foreign policy. Thereafter, Germany and its partners in military aggression would be known as the Axis powers. The term Axis was first used by B. Mussolini. He declared that the two countries would form an "axis" around which the other states of Europe would revolve.
(6) W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) was one of the most significant and influential composers of Western classical music. Mozart was born in Salzburg, now in Austria but at the time the capital of a small independent Archbishopric within the Holy Roman Empire.
Mozart's musical ability started to become apparent when he was a toddler. He was the son of Leopold Mozart, one of Europe's leading musical pedagogues. Mozart received intensive musical training from his father, including instruction in playing both the piano and the violin. He developed very rapidly and began to compose his own works at the age of five. Leopold soon realized that he could make a substantial income by showcasing his son as a Wunderkind in the courts of Europe. During his trips, Mozart met a great number of musicians, and knew the works of other great composers. Mozart spent his final years in Vienna where he died in 1791.
Mozart was prolific and wrote in many genres. Perhaps his best admired work is in opera, the piano concerto, the symphony, and in the string quartet and string quintet. Mozart also wrote much work for solo piano, other forms of chamber music, masses and other religious music, and endless dances, divertimenti, and other forms of light entertainment.
(7) By the Nazi occupation of Spring 1941, Slovenes in city of Maribor and Slovene Styria were condemned to physical extermination i.e. complete Germanization. That was discernible already from the instruction by the Hitler to Dr. S. Uiberreither, the future chief of civil administration from Lower Styria, when the former ordered him to make this land again German for him. In order to convince himself personally, as to how the Germanization of Slovene Styria was being carried out, Hitler had on 26 April, 1941, just three weeks after the attack upon Yugoslavia, visited Maribor. After the great jubilation, which was organized by the Maribor Germans and members of the occupation authorities in the city, on the occasion of Hitler's birthday on 20 April, this was already the second major victory celebration on the part of the Maribor Germanhood. In Maribor, where he arrived around half past nine in the morning, Hitler remained only a short while. Firstly, he inspected the destroyed railway bridge, continuing to the Main Square (called Hitler Platz then). He concluded his visit to Maribor at the Castle, where Maribor Germans prepared a majestic reception. In early afternoon hours, Hitler returned to Graz by special train.
The full triumph on the part of the Occupier in Maribor was spoiled by the first sabotage action in Slovenia, which was carried out on 29 April in the city centre by the nationally conscious Slovene youth.
(8) The stamp depicts SA sports badge with it's striking design (a Swastika over a Roman Sword) which was awarded for winning Athletic events. Each year the recipient had to re-qualify to retain his badge.