The Collection

The Collection

Germany & Related Areas, 1872 – 1945


German invaded Ukraine as part of the broader invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.  On 20 August 1941, the Reichskommissariat Ukraine was created, under which Germany would administer occupied Ukraine.

During the German occupation, overprinted Hitler-head issues were the primary postage for occupied Ukraine.  In addition, at the beginning and end of the German occupation, several local administrations issued emergency local issues to fill the void left between the changing national governments.

Ukraine would remain under German control until 1944, when the Red Army’s advance on the Eastern Front forced the Germans to abandon the territory.