Nord Vietnam, For the Armed Forces, June 24th, 1965 (Red stamp) and December 10th, 1965 (green stamp), Michel Nr. M9-10; Two stamps in identical design but different colors were issued for usage by the armed forces. The stamps carried no nominals and were handed out free of charge to active military personell at a rate of 2 stamps a month (issued quarterly). The stamps were produced by the Tien Bo Printing House in sheets of 100 stamps and in perforation 11.0.

Here are the mint stamps.

Mint blocks of four.

These stamps were not officially issued imperforate but a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here are two them.

Rare postally used local letter sent by a member of the military (note the Hom Thu number in the sender line) to Hanoi. The red stamp is cancelled with a dateless military cancel. Most local letters were destroyed in the multi-decadal war, the tropical climate and by recycling due to raw material shortages.

Another local letter showing the late usage of the red stamp on a letter from Hai Phong to Saigon in October of 1975 (shortly after the fall of Saigon). Hai Phong machine cancel. This may be a civilian use of the stamp as there is no indication of a Hom Thu or military unit number.

Local letter using the green stamp sent by a member of the military (note the Hom Thu Nr. in the sender line) to Thai Binh in June of 1966. Thai Binh arrival cancel on the reverse.

Local letter using the green stamp sent to a member of the military (note the Hom Thu in the address) in My of 1966.

Local Letter using the green stamp and sent by a member of the military to Hanoi in 1966.

Registration Nr. 101091

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