• First Use of the Tank in Battle

    First Use of the Tank in Battle

    Tanks were first used in Battle on the 15 September 1916 at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme. To commemorate this historic Centenary BFPS has produced a limited numbered edition of 100 commemorative covers, which will be issued on the 15th September 2016.

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  • Trooping The Colour 2016

    Trooping The Colour 2016

    In partnership with the Household Division Charity, the British Forces Philatelic Service (BFPS) will once again be producing the official commemorative cover to mark Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Parade.

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  • CC48. Sapper 300 2016

    CC48. Sapper 300 2016

    On the 26th May 1716 by Warrant of King George I, the Engineers and the Artillery were placed on separate establishments and so the Corps of Engineers was born.

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Welcome to the British Forces Philatelic Service, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company(CIC) which operates the Forces Philatelic Bureau on behalf of the British Forces Post Office (BFPO). BFPS is run by volunteers who are all ex-Services.

We fundraise for our Forces charities through philately - our commemorative covers, first day covers, and books are available to everyone through our Online Shop and the sale of these helps our heroes.

Our Aim

Our aim is to provide a comprehensive philatelic service to organisations, units and charities who wish to mark special events, whilst raising money for Service charities. We do this by:

  • Providing a free advisory service on British Forces related philately.
  • Producing special first day and commemorative covers for sale at special events.
  • Using our website to promote British Forces philately to as wide an audience as possible.
  • Marketing BFPS covers past and present via our online shop.
  • Issuing British Forces Postal Service serial numbers for special handstamps.
  • Providing design/production of special handstamps, first day and commemorative covers.

We can help you mark your special event and raise money for Forces Charities

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BFPS 3200 First Use of the Tank in Battle


BFPS 3200 Battle of the Somme