Palmenstempel

Feldpost

On occasion during the period in which the Afrika Korps was in North Africa, letters outbound to Germany were stamped with privately produced decorative designed commemorating the Afrika Korps.  These commonly featured a palm tree design, and are therefore known as “Palmstempel” (singular) or “Palmenstempel” (plural).

At least 75 different designs are known, though  handful are much more common than others.  Among the most common is Palmstempel 13, shown on the letter above and in detail below.

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Palmstempel 13

These designs had no postal validity, and were produced and applied for private purposes only.