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In pictures: British army stamps

Royal Mail stamp: Trooper Earl of Oxford's Horse 1661

The Royal Mail has released six new stamps celebrating almost 350 years of British army uniforms.

Royal Mail stamp: Grenadier Royal Regiment of Foot of Ireland 1704

They range from the brightly-dressed troopers of the 17th Century to the more sombre outfits from the two world wars, to the camouflaged uniform of modern-day soldiers.

Royal Mail stamp: Rifleman 95th Rifles 1813

Julietta Edgar, head of special stamps at the Royal Mail, said the stamps provided a "fascinating insight" into the changes in the outfits of a working soldier.

Royal Mail stamp: Observer Royal Field Artillery 1917

The series of six stamps are the first of three military uniform-themed stamps to be released.

Tank commander 5th Royal Tank Regiment 1944

Next year, an issue of RAF uniforms will go on sale, followed by Royal Navy uniforms in 2009.

Royal Mail stamp: NCO Royal Military Police 1999

Brigadier Hickson, director of the British Forces Post Office, said the stamps "perfectly illustrate the huge variety in uniforms worn by both servicemen and women in the Army".






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