Nationales Indien/Indische Legion
Legion India (Azad Hind)


Quick history:
The Azad Hind or Indian National Army was formed from Indian POWs captured during WW2 who were willing to fight on the Axis side. They can be split up into two groups, the first and smallest group numbering only a few thousand were captured by the Germans and Italians. These troops later formed a fully motorised Panzer Grenadier regiment and were stationed in France, they were withdrawn when the Allies landed, but did see some action against the French resistence, where about a dozen Indians were killed including an Indian officer. A much larger force was formed up later in Asia, which fought under Japanese command.

1. The General Issue
Planned for use in India by the National Government, these stamps were printed in the State Printing Works in Berlin 1943.
They were designed by one of the top husband and wife teams, Axter-Heudtlass.
All of the General Issue stamps contained surcharges. One million of each stamp were printed.

The finished stamps, but no transport arrived at the printing works to
take them to India, they stayed in storage until the end of the war.


These stamps remained unfinished, they never made it to the perforation stage before
the project was halted. Unknown how many stamps printed imperf.

2. The Andaman and Nicobar islands issue

The stamps for the Andaman and Nicobar islands, where the Provisional Government had its seat, were printed not only in different colours,
but contained no surcharge. Half million of each stamp printed perforated  i.e. in a finished state, but like the others stayed in storage.

The set in its perf and imperf states, note without surcharge and the colours have been changed.

3. The One Rupie Stamp

The one Rupie stamp caused printing problems due to three colours being used, the stamps went through printing three times, once for each colour.
Stamps exist with one, two or all three colours, most are off centre. The three colours were due to the fact that the flag contains an orange and a green stripe.
All of these stamps were imperf and only a very small amount containing the orange colour were gummed.