The Republic of Togo was a German protectorate until 1914. This is reflected in the double-headed eagle stamps of Germany, issued with the black “Togo” overprint in 1897. Inscribed “Togo”, the key type issue of the German Kaiser’s Yacht Hohenzollern was used for several years. After Germany’s loss in World War I, the League of Nations split Togo protectorate into British and French mandates. Stamps were overprinted “Anglo-French Occupation” and “Occupation franco-anglaise”. The British portion of the protectorate eventually merged with the colony of Gold Coast (Ghana). From 1921 on, stamps of Togo under French administration were inscribed “Togo” together with “République Français” (RF). Many beautifully engraved stamps were issued, including common design types.