Artist Damien Cuvillier has drawn several scenes of war to illustrate the Battle of the Somme for two special centenary edition stamps. The illustrations include a meeting between a French and a British soldier, the Red Cross bringing aid to the wounded, a shell explosion and a French Nieuport 17 in flight.
Several symbolic places of remembrance of the Somme feature on the stamps such as Thiepval, with the memorial and visitor centre; the Albert Basilica, which was hit by a shell in 1915, leaving the Virgin Mary hanging in a horizontal position; and Péronne with its museum and the illustration of a British tank, first employed on the battlefields during the Battle of the Somme.
500,000 copies of the centenary stamps will be available from 4 July 2016 in many French post offices and on the La Post's website.
Those attending the commemorative events on the 1st July will also be able to buy them from the Albert Town Hall from 9am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 8.30pm.