The GermanStamps.net Collection

The GermanStamps.net Collection

Germany & Related Areas, 1872 - 1945

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Ostland

Upon the invasion of Russia, Germany established the Reichskommissariat Ostland to govern Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, eastern Poland, and western Belarus.  The plan was to incorporate these areas into a German protectorate, and eventually into the Reich itself.

All Ostland stamp issues were overprints of German issues.

The occupation lasted until the summer and fall of 1944, when a resurgent Red Army pushed the German forces west on their eventual retreat to Berlin.  A lone pocket of German resistance remained in the Kurland (Courland) region, where the Kurland Army Group held out until May 1945.

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