Today, Royal Mail has been forced to issue an apology after it emerged that a stamp that it especially designed and planned to issue as a commemorative stamp of the D-Day landings in France actually showed some troops from the United States going ashore several weeks earlier and thousands of miles away from the actual site.
The stamp was a part of a series that marked the 75th anniversary of the June 1944 landings, which is considered as the largest seaborne military operation in history to have Normandy liberated from the control of Nazi Germany.
On the 27th of December, it posted a tweet of the preview of the new stamps. It tweeted: “It’s time, our 2019 Special Stamp calendar has been revealed! Showcasing the “Best of British” the programme features a range of subjects: from a celebration of the UK’s Birds of Prey to the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.”
However, after the company shared the said previews on Twitter, some users noticed that it showed troops of the United States alighting their boats in May 1944 in Dutch New Guinea, which is now called Indonesia. The said scene is not related in any way to the D-Day landings.
On Twitter, Royal Mail stated: “We sincerely apologise that our 2019 Special Stamp preview included a design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-Day landings.”
It added: “This stamp design has not been printed. We would like to reassure our customers that this image will not be part of the final set.”
However, the apology did not prevent some Twitter users poking fun at the postal service. Some users even created their own mock-ups of the ‘D-Day landings.’
Meanwhile, other users took the opportunity to express their own, separate frustrations with the firm.
A user tweeted: “Your inability to deliver post to the correct address in North London suddenly makes a lot more sense if you’re going to mistake Indonesia for Normandy.”