After World War II, Germany was divided into four zones by the U.S., France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. This had a big impact on stamps of the former German nation. In 1948, German stamps of 1947-48 were overprinted for use in the Soviet Zone. In 1949, when the provinces occupied by the U.S.S.R. were united, they became East Germany or the German Democratic Republic – “GDR” to English-speakers. To Germans it became the Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) – as inscribed on its stamps, until reuniting with West Germany (the German Federal Republic) in 1990.
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