06 May 2020
Canada Post marked the 75th anniversary of VE Day with a booklet of ten Permanent domestic-rate stamps honouring two Canadians who ‘exemplified bravery on the battlefront and support on the home front’.
The stamps feature Léo Major ‘The One-eyed Ghost’ and Veronica ‘Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl’ Foster, respectively.
In April 1945, while scouting the German-occupied Dutch town of Zwolle, Private Leo Major singlehandedly tricked the enemy into thinking they were under a full attack, capturing dozens of prisoners and forcing the Germans to retreat, which earned him the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the lasting gratitude of the people of Zwolle.
As one of the many women essential to Canada’s workforce during the Second World War, Veronica Foster assembled Bren machine guns in a Toronto factory. Selected by the Canadian government for a PR campaign, 'Ronnie, the Bren Gun Girl' inspired women to join the war effort on the home front.
- Issue Date: April 29, 2020
- Stamp Designer: Ivan Novotny, Taylor | Sprules Corporation
- Stamp Value: Permanent (domestic rate)
- Quantity Produced: 130,000
- Dimensions: 40 mm x 32 mm
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