December 28, 2018 / 2:26 PM / a year ago

Royal Mail sorry for D-Day landings stamp blunder

An ornate Royal Mail post box with Post Office written on it in Liverpool, Britain, November 24, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Royal Mail apologised on Friday after historians pointed out that a stamp design it planned to issue to commemorate the D-Day landings in France in fact showed U.S. troops going ashore thousands of miles away weeks earlier.

The stamp, part of a series of 11 to mark the 75th anniversary of the June 1944 landings, was part of a special programme for 2019 to showcase the “Best of British”.

“The stamp issue will be a timely commemoration of all those who participated and will use images from the day itself,” the Royal Mail said before the blunder was revealed.

However, after a preview of the stamp was put on the Royal Mail’s Twitter feed, historians and others noticed that it actually showed U.S. troops wading ashore in May 1944 in Dutch New Guinea, now Indonesia, from a landing craft that was not involved in the D-Day landings.

“We sincerely apologise that our 2019 Special Stamp preview included a design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-Day landings,” Royal Mail said on Twitter.

“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.”

(This story has been corrected in the first paragraph to show U.S. troops landed weeks, not months earlier)

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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