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The conquest of Iraq by the American coalition which started on March 2003, called to mind the occupation of Iraq by the British army during the Great War in March 1917 under the command of General Stanley Maude.
The above picture shows an equestrian statue of the General which stood in the ground of the British Embassy in Baghdad until it was destroyed during the Revolution in 1958.

Below the General's grandson, Michael Maude, on a visit to Eileen and David Khalastchy at their London home with their son Freddie, who is a collector of Iraqi stamps.

Freddie Khalastchy writes:
General Maude entered Baghdad on 11th March 1917. The Political Officer at the time- Sir Percy Cox, wanted to issue stamps to show that the British and not the Turks were in charge in Baghdad.

A search was made of all post offices to collect any Turkish stamps that were left behind. All the stamps collected were crudely overprinted by hand "Baghdad in British Occupation". There were 25 different stamps and these were issued on 1st September 1917. The numbers printed of each stamp varied between 59 copies per stamp to 1336 copies per stamp. On the 17th September no more stamps were available in the post office. General Maude had four complete sets of 25 stamps each cancelled to order on piece. General Maude retained one set and the others were presented to H.M. King George V, H.M King Fuad of Egypt and Viscount Acheson who later became Lord of Gosford.

Shown below, samples of the overprinted stamps.

One of these sets sold about 15 years ago for $20,000.

The occupation of Iraq by the American coalition must have given rise to a large crop of stamps used in the period of "Baghdad under American Occupation"



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