BATUM UNDER OCCUPATION the years 1917 – 1921

BATUM UNDER OCCUPATION the years 1917 – 1921

All members of the BSRP have been sent a complimentary copy of this book.

Copies of the book are on sale at a cost of £35 plus packaging & postage of £3 – UK, £7 – EU and £11 Zones 1 and 2 payable by PayPal to  For further information please email

Book review by Trevor Pateman

“Despite the earlier handbooks, there is much that is new here drawn from the authors’ own substantial collections and those of other collectors (Taylor, Alshibaya).”

BATUM UNDER OCCUPATION the years 1917 – 1921

The  British Society of Russian Philately (BSRP)  in conjunction with David Feldman SA are in the process of preparing a series of books covering many aspects of Russian philately.

BATUM UNDER OCCUPATION the years 1917-1921 by H G Grigoleit and E Klempka is the first in a series to be produced by the publishers, and has been funded by the kind sponsorship of David Feldman SA.

140 pages covering the postal history and stamps of the Occupation period 1917-21, this book is an important update of earlier works on this subject, which were produced in the pre-computer days when text, and in particular, illustrations were difficult to produce. It contains numerous illustrations, covers the stamps issued during the occupation period, and the postal history of both civilian and military mail.

Members of the British Society of Russian Philately will receive a complimentary copy. Members of ROSSICA, The German Society of Russian Philatelists and other societies will be offered complementary copies on request. Additional copies of the book will be available from the secretary of BSRP at £35 plus p&p.

Future titles under consideration will cover the published notes and works of Dr Raymond Casey, the Russian Civil War, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

UPDATE BSRP Annual London Meeting: Saturday 7th October 2017

UPDATE BSRP Annual London Meeting: Saturday 7th October 2017

You are cordially invited to attend our 2017 Annual London meeting and get-together which will take place at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, SE1 8UJ  on SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER.  This year two of our long-standing members, President Lenard Tiller and Edward Klempka FRPSL have agreed to present major displays which will include important material from their collections:

World War I – Delayed and Suspended Mail – Mute cancellations  (EK)

    Azerbaijan 1917-23  (EK)

    The Zemstvo District of Gadiach  (EK)

Latvia – The 1st Independance – Covers and Stamps  (LT)

The  Wenden Townpost (LT)

There will also be plenty of time for Members’ Displays so do feel free to bring along your own material – anything from a single stamp or cover up to any number of sheets, and do not worry if your collection is rather modest – you almost certainly have something of interest to show (or even perhaps to sell in the bourse).

The programme will start at 10am and continue into the afternoon with a break for lunch. For those who wish to join together for dinner afterwards, a table has been reserved at the nearby Brasserie Blanc (located behind the Royal Festival Hall).

Overnight accommodation is available at the Union Jack Club (020 7928 6401 – ); you are advised to reserve as soon as possible and do mention that you are attending the meeting in order to qualify for the special discounted rate.

Sadly this year I will not be able to meet you personally as I will be visiting family in Australia however our President, Lenard Tiller will be “in the chair” and is greatly looking forward to welcoming you. I hope everyone will enjoy having the opportunity to meet and mix with like-minded colleagues whilst enjoying some great philatelic displays.

It would be very helpful if you could advise us of your intention to attend the meeting. Please email Lenard Tiller – – and also let us know (a) if you intend to show some of your material, and (b) whether you will be staying for dinner.

With my best wishes,

Terry Page

Meeting Coordinator

Meeting Co-ordinator: Terry Page, 30 Furze Lane, Purley, Surrey CR8 3EG, Telephone 020 8660 3905,