South Africa did not enter the Second World War until 1941 owing to
domestic political differences. Many of their forces fought in North
Africa. As this issue appeared alongside the usual definitives it could
be thought of as a propaganda issue, depicting all the different aspects
of the fighting forces. There are a multitude of minor and not so minor
varieties to collect. The 1s3d value is generally listed with this
issue, strictly speaking, it belongs with the bantam issue as it came
out with other Bantam War stamps and had slogans printed on its
margins. Look out for this issue with “Egypt / Prepaid” postmarks.
They were used on the mail sent home by soldiers fighting in North
Africa owing to a shortage of cancellers.