The Faroe's flag was first flown officially in war. When Denmark was occupied in April 1940 British troops had to act quickly to ensure the islands in a strategically important area (at the time under Danish control) were not occupied by the Germans. British troops landed on the islands in April 1940 in an operation codenamed 'Operation Valentine'. As it turned out this was a prophetic name because one of the results of what has been called "the friendly invasion" was ultimately lots of marriages between local Faroese girls and British soldiers. A figure of 170 has been quoted.
The flag shown on the stamp was devised by Jens Oliver Lisberg with two other Faroese students while studying in Copenhagen in 1919 and was first raised for a wedding in June of that year. By the 1930s it was in common, but unofficial, use. With the events of 1940 the British government approved and recognised the flag for use by Faroese vessels to distinguish them as friendly ships.
The Faroes sailors provided vital food for Britain during the war and they fed Britain by sailing for fish. This was at a cost for the waters around the Faroe islands were patrolled by German U Boats and drifting sea mines were a considerable problem. The two ships shown on the mini sheet both were lost.
An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme inspired by Memorial Day.
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