WWII Australian-British military mail in Palestine / 'Horseshoe Route': 15 SE 1940 airmailed green honour envelope from FPO 122 (TULKARM) to EDINBURGH Scotland, franked 1s/3d at period 'hourshoe route' rate, using British stamps & tied by 2 strikes of FPO postmark; return addressed to soldier of D Troop, 4th Battery, 2/2 Field Regiment, 6th Division of 2nd Australian Imperial Force (AIF - the volunteer component of the wartime Australian Army; not recorded as serving in Palestine but the 6th Division fought in the Western Desert Campaign at Bardia, Tobruk & Benghazi) - unusual as military mail normally sent without displayed return address. Passed censor #224 in Palestine. This special rate was in use locally from Sept. - Nov. 1940; mail was sent by air via TIBERIAS or CAIRO to DURBAN South Africa, and then by sea to UK. Slit open at top. Rare origin & scarce route.
WWII Australian forces in Palestine: 2 JUN 1941 cover from 2nd Brigade HQ Post Office W.2. (Sacher unlisted; QASTINA) to Barclays Bank JERUSALEM, as not marked "OAS", franked 15m (Ba108) - 5m overcharge for period domestic letter rate & tied by strike of W2 postmark (Proud rated 200); passed censor 1787 with officer's signature on front; backstamped 5 JU 41 GAZA civilian post transit (Dorf-6 predating his earliest known date of use by almost a year) - unusual routing & next day JERUSALEM arrival. Slit open at top, resealed by collector.
WWII Australian forces in Palestine/Middle East: well travelled surface mailed 6 SP 1941 Palestine postal stationary postcard (Ba PC.9P, 1939 issue) from NAZARETH to a Lieut. Col. Garman of ACF (Australian Commonwealth Forces), pre-franked 8m per overseas rate (until Apr. 1940; now 13m overseas/7m inland) & tied by 2 strikes of local postmark (Dorf-5); a) re-routed to "soldiers club" JERUSALEM where frontstamped 10 SP by civilian post & b) 16 SE by AIF FIELD P.O. 11 (Sach-K55; Australian Comforts Fund hostel at Fast Hotel, JERUSALEM); as soldier already moved, c) postcard transferred to BASE P.O. B.W.I. (Sach-K53; Advance Base Post Office, GAZA) where backstamped 22 SE 41 transit; d) probably here passed censor 3191 & as addressee absent returned NAZARETH, backstamped 29 SE (Dorf-4) + inverted impression on front: e) from there, series of 'cancelled-to-order' postmarks at civilian post offices with full postcard rate frankings by sender - BEIRUT (1 X 41), franked 75m; f) DAMASCUS (2-10-41), franked 25m; g) AL ARZ Lebanon (4 X 41), franked 20m; h) BAALBECK (5 X 41), franked 10m (Syria/Lebanon were liberated July '41); i) AMMAN 17 OCT 41 (as Proud-D19 but unlisted), franked 3m. Unusual.