British Forces Post Office

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The British Forces Post Office (BFPO) is the field post of the British Army .

British field post stamp from Egypt

The origins can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon period. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle mentions couriers who transported messages from Edward the Elder (around 871-924). Organized field mail for soldiers began in 1882 after John Lowther du Plat Taylor founded the Army Post Office Corps (APOC) . Since 1908 the Royal Engineers were officially responsible for the British field post system, but it was not until 1913 that the APOC was incorporated into them and from then on it operated as the Postal Section of the Royal Engineers . After the First World War , an air mail line was established between Folkestone and Cologne to supply the British Army in Germany . During the Second World War , the aerogram , which was easy to transport because of its low weight, became popular. In 1993 the Postal Section was spun off from the Royal Engineers and merged with other logistics units in the newly established Royal Logistics Corps .

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Web links

Commons : British Forces Post Office  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Royal Engineers (Postal Section) or the Army Postal Services - 1908-13 ( Memento of the original dated December 30, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on the website of the Royal Engineers Museum. Retrieved May 17, 2010  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Telegraph and Postal - 49th Middlesex Rifle Volunteer Corps - 1870 on the Royal Engineers Museum website. Retrieved May 17, 2010