October 11, two postage stamps dedicated to the Battle of Hanko and the Yelnya Offensive are issued as part of the Way to Victory series

A heroic defense of a Soviet naval base at Hanko Peninsula continued from 22 June till 2 December 1941. Air and sea forces of the Nazi troops were attacking a Soviet naval base at Hanko Peninsula from the start of the Great Patriotic War. The peninsula was withstanding everyday aerial bombardments and taking artillery fire from the sea and land. Not only did the Soviet forces withstood the enemy’s push for 164 days, but also stormed ashore, conducted reconnaissance, and attacked hostile ships, batteries and airfields. The Battle of Hanko left its mark in history of the Soviet naval warfare as an example of successful and selfless fighting in an island area.

The Yelnya Offensive was the first success of the Soviet troops in the Great Patriotic War. The operation resulted in the destruction of the Yelnya salient, which was a staging area for an offensive against Moscow, as well as a break through the enemy defense, overthrow of its forces and expulsion of the enemy from a part of the captured territory. Heavy damage was inflicted upon the Nazi troops and the Soviet Army operative status at the front line was enhanced. For the first time, four Rifle Divisions were transformed into elite Guards Divisions for valor and heroism.

The postage stamps feature bas-reliefs depicting a group of Soviet soldiers during the military operations.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured first day covers and a special cancellation postmark for Moscow. Besides, stamped postcards dedicated to those events and a stamp booklet featuring all the Way to Victory stamps are to be released.

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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