Huge crowds gathered in London's Trafalgar Square
to celebrate the victorious end of the First World War on 11 November 1918.
However, the triumphant mood was short-lived, as post-war Britain suffered political,
economic and social problems.
Over six million British men served in the war. Of
those who returned, 1.75 million had suffered a disability of some kind, and
half were permanently disabled. Family members – including wives, children and
elderly parents – were often financially dependent on those who had gone to
fight in the war.
The creation of The British Legion can largely be
attributed to Field Marshal Earl Haig and Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, who
brought together numerous ex-servicemen's organisations, which had been formed
as a result of the war, as one body. Its aims were to provide care for all
those who had suffered as a result of service during the war.
The fourth stamp in this series depict HMS Ardent
during the Falklands War in 1982.
When joined together, the four stamps bear a single
wreath of colourful poppies, in striking contrast to the black and white images
chosen to symbolise the commitment of members of the British Armed Forces.