ESTONIA : WORLD WAR II


The German invasion of the Soviet-Union has started 22 june 1941 and the end of August Tallinn is surrounded by German troops. On August 27 the evacuation of the Russian Baltic Fleet started. With this evacuation the Russian lost many people (12.000) and ships.

The handbook about this period:
Estland Handbuch Philatelie, Kommunikations - und Postgeschichte : Estland vor dem (Juli 1941 - 30.11.1941) und als Teil vom Generalpostkommissariat OSTLAND (01.12.1941 - Setember 1944) = Estonia Handbook of Philately and Postal History : Estonia before (July 1941 - 30.11.1941) and as part of the "Generalpostkommissariat OSTLAND" (01.12.1941 - September 1944) / Herausgegeben von Harry v. Hofmann . - Hamburg : Harry v. Hofmann Verlag, 2010. - 472 p.



TALLINN

Postal stationery, sent from Tallinn. The old Estonian postmark is used.



NARVA

During World War II also Narva was occupied by Germany and there was heavy fighting. On Februari 23, 1944, the Armee-Abteiling Narwa is formed. About this see: Lexicon der Wehrmacht This fieldpost letter, sent March 1944, has in the bottom left corner the fieldpostnumber 32898.
This is the number of the 3. Kompanie Korps-Nachrichten-Abteilung 426. The Korps-Nachrichten-Abteilung 426 consisted of 4 Companies ans was part of the XXVI Armeekorps. The XXVI Armeekorps was as part of the Armee Abteilung Narwa, March 1944 active in Narva. July 1944 this Korps, then part of the 3rd Panzerarmee by Heeresgruppe Mitte, moved to Lithuania. September 1944 the Korps, now part of the 4th Armee to Eastern Prussia.



The letter is also in the cover.

During the German occupation also two postage stamps have a picture of Narva: mi. 7 and mi. 9, issued September 29, 1941.

Mi. 6, 30 + 30 kopecks, the two Narva castles.

The stamps mi. 4-9 were issued for the benefit of a fund for reconstruction of the country. Mi. 9, 100 + 100 kopecks, The Hermann Fortress in Narva.
All stamps are perforated and 15+15, 20+20 and 30+30 also imperforated.