• This stamp was issued in 1943 as an emergency measure for parcels from North Africa to Germany. It was designed by Lt. Roleff. They were only used for a few weeks and of the 1 million printed, some 620.000 were destroyed! Some exist without perforations and are from unfinished stock.
    Below are some variations of this rare stamp for study and comparison purposes. Below you will find perforation, plate and shade variations.














    [Below: With piece of selvage]





    [Below: This is a rare variety where the perforation is very misaligned.]


    [Below: Block of four]


    [Below: Block of four]


    [Below: Block of four with selvage]


    [Below: Block of four with selvage]


    [Below: Pair]


    [Below: Pair]


    [Below: Pair with light impression and selvage]


    [Below: Here the perforation separating the two stamps wasn't strong enough to cleanly separate them. The perforation holes can be seen very faintly.]


    [Below: Here is a very rare imperforate proof.]


    ****************** F A K E S ******************
    ACHTUNG! ATTENTION! BEWARE!

    [Below: Here is a fake from 2015. While it would fool inexperienced collectors, it is a very poor copy to experienced eyes. The color is muted and faded and the definition of the design itself is very crude, unlike the original, this copy has no detail at all. The perforation is totally wrong as well. This copy has a sewing machine 'stitched' look to it.]

    [Above & below: Many times fakes can be drawn out into the light by their cancel dates. It is suspicious when different copies bear the same date, as is the case on these examples.]


    [Below: Again the same date.]


    [Below: A much more elaborate fake. This one uses the same date cancel as above, but also uses a fake Afrika Korps palm tree ink stamp and a red censorship cancel. The palm tree ink stamp on a REAL piece would add substantial value.]


    [Below: Same as above.]


    [Below: The forger as above, except this time this fake features an old document piece of some kind. Often old paper is used on fakes like this to add a look and feel of authenticity.]


    [Below: Another fake pair.]


    [Below: Three different fakes -- the middle one looks pretty convincing!]


    [Below: Here the forger used a real Adolf Hitler postage stamp beside the forgery. The forger also left the stamps 'on piece' -- as if cut from a package, to add an air of authenticity.]


    [Below: This forgery is of a strip of five, with no perforations separating them.]


    [Below: Here is an example of a fake being sold in 2014. While this isn't a very convincing example there are many that are.]


  • Here are examples of various fantasy overprints on original stamps being sold in 2016. These worthless overprints not only fool inexperienced collectors, but also destroy legitimate postage stamps.

    EXAMPLE #1:

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  • Here are examples of fake Afrika Korps palm tree ink stamps. These marks have been applied on old envelopes with fake Feldpost stamps as well. They were offered on Ebay in mid-2016.

    EXAMPLE #1:

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    EXAMPLE #4: