Tanks were first used in Battle on the 15 September 1916 at Flers-Courcelette on the Somme. Although this initial foray was not regarded as an outright success, the tank, during the next 100 years, went on to become one of the most developed and fearsome weapons used in modern warfare.
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.The main image on the cover is of a WW1 MK1 Female Tank specially created by the artist Vincenzo Auletta and is reproduced with his kind permission. The 1st Class stamp ‘Poppies’ from the Royal Mail’s WW1 issue will be cancelled by the ‘BFPS 3199 First Use of Tanks in Battle’ special handstamp.
The cover comes complete with an A4 double-sided information insert in full colour. Both are presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir of this historic event.
You can also order the covers by post by sending a cheque (payable to ‘BFPS CIC’) to BFPS, The Old Post Office, Links Place, Elie, Fife KY9 1AX.