Introduction to local overprints in Russian occupied Poland

Map of present day Poland including the former Russian occupied towns from which local overprints were issued at the end of World War I

Poland was partitioned between Germany, Austria and the Soviet Union. In Belarussian Hrodna (Grodno) and in Ukrainian Kovel (Wołyń or Kowel in Polish), Russian and Ukrainian stamps were overprinted for local use in the eastern territories.