Lanarkshire Philatelic Society


"World War 1--Germany"


Mr. Walter Tytherleigh


A pack of "Empire Biscuits" in the raffle brought the comment that until 1945 these were known as "German Biscuits" – and this was a pertinent introduction to the evening’s display at the Lanarkshire Philatelic Society last Friday (18th).

"World War 1 – Germany" was the title of the display given by Walter Tytherleigh of Hamilton – and this proved to be a magnificent display. 

This was given from, unusually, the German point of view – in the first round was a vision of postcards showing the German Navy in action – beginning with the "Königin Luise" laying mines at sea and continuing with many views of German ships - torpedoing the enemy; suffering loss themselves; heroes of the hour; portraits of German Navy Commanders etc – an amazing display. 

An interesting history of each ship was given.

The second round was equally magnificent – this was a display of the German Army in action  -  great views of many Battles fought – and the cards did not minimise the violence of the fighting! Some of the Battles viewed were the Battle of the Marne; the Conquest of Liege; the Siege of Antwerp (Belgium); Battle of Alsace and of Liedersingen (France); and the bombardment of Ypres – and many others. 

Portraits of some of the Army Commanders were also shown. A very visual display.

Of much interest also were, along with these views, copies of many of the postal cancellations on the backs of the cards were shown  - from places that no longer have such postmarks.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Gary Cheyne, who gave Walter warm thanks for a truly fantastic display.

Our next meeting in the Caledonian Bowling Club, Motherwell Road, Hamilton, is on Friday 2nd October 2015 at 7:30pm when society looks forward to welcoming Dr Ron Harkess who will present his display of "Amateur Radio".

Anyone with an interest in stamps, postal history, postcards etc is very welcome to attend.