Victory in Europe 1945-2020

Posted on April 24, 2020 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

Issue date: April 29, 2020

On May 8, 2020, we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe – a milestone known as Victory in Europe Day. More than one million brave Canadians who served in the conflict helped make the victory possible – as did everyone on the home front whose efforts kept the economy going and provided food, munitions and other critical supplies to the armed forces. To mark this significant anniversary, Canada Post issued a pair of stamps. They tell the stories of two Canadians who exemplified the courage, determination and sacrifice that helped secure the victory in Europe.

By the height of the war, nearly one million Canadian women were working in manufacturing plants, filling gaps in the workforce left by men serving overseas. In 1941, Veronica Foster, who made Bren light machine guns at John Inglis Co. Limited in Toronto, was selected by the Canadian government for a public relations campaign to encourage women’s participation in the nation’s war industries. “Ronnie the Bren Gun Girl” – believed by some to have inspired the fictional American icon “Rosie the Riveter” – motivated women across Canada to roll up their sleeves and get to work for the war effort.

In April 1945, Private Léo Major, known as the “One-eyed Ghost” after losing partial vision during D-Day battles, and Corporal Welly Arsenault volunteered to scout the German-occupied Dutch town of Zwolle. Enraged by the fatal shooting of his comrade just hours into the mission, Major took up Arsenault’s weapons and charged the town alone – running through the streets with “a burst of fire, a couple of grenades and a lot of loud noise.” He created the impression of a full-fledged attack, capturing dozens of prisoners and later setting fire to the local Gestapo headquarters. The ruse worked, and the Germans fled. Major was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for single-handedly liberating Zwolle, where a street now bears his name.

Stamp Specifications

Booklet of 10 stamps - Victory in Europe 1945-2020
  • Product #: 414130111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $9.20
  • Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Ivan Novotny, Taylor | Sprules Corporation
  • Stamp photos: Léo Major – Nationaal Militair Museum (Soest, Netherlands); courtesy of the Major family; © Jan Kranendonk | dreamstime.com. Veronica Foster – Library and Archives Canada, National Film Board of Canada.
  • Dimensions: 40 mm x 32 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 4 colours
  • Quantity: 130,000
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Official First Day Cover – Veronica Foster - Victory in Europe 1945-2020
  • Product #: 414130131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover – Veronica Foster
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Ivan Novotny, Taylor | Sprules Corporation
  • Stamp photos: Léo Major – Nationaal Militair Museum (Soest, Netherlands); courtesy of the Major family; © Jan Kranendonk | dreamstime.com. Veronica Foster – Library and Archives Canada, National Film Board of Canada.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Quantity: 7,000
  • Cancellation site: Montréal QC
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Official First Day Cover – Léo Major - Victory in Europe 1945-2020
  • Product #: 414131131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover – Léo Major
  • Price: $1.92
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Ivan Novotny, Taylor | Sprules Corporation
  • Stamp photos: Léo Major – Nationaal Militair Museum (Soest, Netherlands); courtesy of the Major family; © Jan Kranendonk | dreamstime.com. Veronica Foster – Library and Archives Canada, National Film Board of Canada.
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Quantity: 7,000
  • Cancellation site: Montréal QC
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