UK Royal Mail Service Apologizes for Using Wrong Photo to Celebrate U.S. D-Day Landings


Oh, you have to be kidding? The British Royal Mail has had to apologize because it used a photo of U.S. troops on the beaches of Indonesia for a stamp meant to celebrate the D-Day landings of WWII.

The commemorative stamp was advertised this year, but now the government-controlled mail system has pulled the design.

According to the UK Guardian:

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The special stamp was planned as part of a Best of British series to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-day landings in Normandy during the second world war.

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Royal Mail said the image would no longer be part of the final collection, adding: “We work very hard to ensure that our Special Stamp programme appropriately commemorates anniversaries and events that are relevant to UK heritage and life. We would like to offer our sincere apologies that our preview release for our 2019 Special Stamp programme included a stamp design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-day landings.”

The original design was labeled “D-day Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore.”

But the photo used is actually a scene of U.S. troops wading ashore at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea in May of 1944, several weeks before the D-day landings took place in Europe.

A conservative politician jumped on the Royal Mail mistake demanding to know if someone would be held accountable at the mail service.

A lot of Twitter users also took after the mail service for its stupidity:

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