June 22, a postage stamp dedicated to the valiant defense of Brest Fortress is issued as part of the joint issue of Belarus and Russia

In 2016, FSUE PTC “Marka” launches a new continuous postage stamp series “The Path to Victory” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The assault on Brest Fortress began in the morning of June 22, 1941. Barracks and residential houses of the command were the first to sustain heavy artillery fire and air strikes. However, the element of surprise did not work and the soldiers managed to form a solid defense.

That day, the Nazi invaders attempted to burst into the citadel eight times but to no avail. Then, it was decided to change the tactics from an assault to a siege. Troops that managed to break inside encircled the fortress to cut off the route to the exit and to disrupt food and weapon supplies. In the morning of 23 June, a bombardment commenced, after which another assault was attempted. Parts of the Wehrmacht forces burst into the fortress but faced fierce resistance and were destroyed. Prolonged fighting ensued that continued for several days.

By the end of July 1941, the Wehrmacht forces captured the majority of the fortress but the last groups of Soviet soldiers continued resisting till autumn.

During the defense of the Brest Fortress, its defenders showed genuine courage, endurance and selflessness.

The postage stamp features a bas-relief depicting a counter-attack of Red Army soldiers and officers defending the Brest Fortress.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured an illustrated cover with stamps and first day covers of Belarus and Russia. First day postmarks for Moscow and Penza will also be made.

Design: S. Ulyanovskiy.
Face value: 35 RUB.
Size of stamp: 65×32.5 mm, size of sheet: 180×180 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 7 (2×4) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 259,000 stamps (37,000 sheets).

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