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Video: Greco­Turk War of 1918 to 1922, Produced by the Military Postal History Society

Using a mix of real photo postcards and postal history supplied by Al Kugel, the MPHS and the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library (RMPL) have partnered to create a highly informative video and remarkably well done video on a little known war of the third decade of the 20th century. The subject of the Greco­Turk War of 1918 to 1922 masterfully weaves postcards and postal history into a three themed video:

  1. the war itself,
  2. the humanitarian crisis of the burning of Smyrna (modern day Izmir), Turkey in 1922 and
  3. the humanitarian relief provided by the U.S. Navy in the rescue of hundreds of thousands of Greek refugees in late 1922.

The video is the first to be produced by the MPHS, and the 13th by the RMPL. It is the work of Joe Lanotte (RMPL videographer), Sergio Lugo (RMPL past president and current MPHS editor), and Al Kugel (long recognized as far and away one of the experts in the field of philately on military postal history). The video was colloboratively scripted by Sergio Lugo and Joe Lanotte, a tandem that have worked to produce 9 of the RMPL videos, with Mr. LaNotte having working with other RMPL volunteers on 4 videos. The video can be found by the public (no membership required) at the RMPL video webpage , and on YouTube at YouTube video content.

The video is 17 1/2 minutes, providing succinct overview and insight for a smooth and fast paced rendition of the story. For more information on the processes used in producing the high quality videos that are the primary goal of the video production effort, please contact: at the RMPL: John Sinski, Dalene Thomas, Joe LaNotte, or Sergio Lugo; or at the MPHS contact Sergio Lugo.


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