Faroe Islands Post marks the 70 years since D-day with an upcoming stamp issue

September 22nd, 2014

FindYourStampsValue.com is glad to inform that Faroe Islands Post has prepared for issuing a stamp marking 70 Years since D-day. The stamp depicts Captain Joensen – a famous and talented captain. The item is to be released and put into circulation on the 24th of September.

On June 6th 70 years have passed since the infamous D-day. The day when Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, took place. In the early hours of the morning of June 6th 1944, allied forces launched a violent attack on the coast of the Bay of Seine, between Cherbourg and Le Havre. The purpose of the attack was to establish a beachhead in Normandy, in which they could transport soldiers and the huge quantities of equipment to be used for the liberation of Western Europe.

The invasion of Normandy is the largest and most complex military operation ever. It required meticulous planning and enormous logistical resources, where all wheels, large and small, had to work in sync.

Several Faroese were involved in the complicated and dangerous game. For this stamp Faroe Islands Post has chosen to focus on the most enigmatic of them, Captain Vilhelm Reinert-Joensen (1891-1949).

Hans Christoffer Vihelm Reinert-Joensen was born March 17, 1891 in Godthaab, Greenland, where his father was a servant of the colonial administration. In 1902 the family moved back to the Faroe Islands and settled in Tórshavn.

Already at the age of 14, Vilhelm Reinert-Joensen went to sea. A few years later he received navigational training in Denmark and started to sail with merchant ships around the world. The contact with the family on the Faroes became more and more sporadic and at the end of World War I it stopped altogether. No more letters arrived - and the family assumed that he had died out there in some foreign country.