On 10 July 1942, the Third Reich first issued this stamp for military parcel post packages weighing less than 1,000 g.
The 1942 issues (MiNr. 2 A) are found in three varieties — smooth gum (x), horizontally ribbed gum (y), and vertically ribbed gum (z).
The 1943 issues (MiNr. 2 B) feature rougher, sawtooth perforations, and are found in two varieties — smooth gum (x) and horizontally ribbed gum (y).