Fezzan is the south-western region of Libya, and is comprised mostly of rugged desert and mountains with scattered oasis and ancient towns and villages. In 1910/11 the Italians took the region of Libya from the Ottomans, but it took almost a decade to finally gain control. Traditionally, Libya was broken up into three separate regions: Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan. In World War 2, North Africa (including Libya) was a major theater of operations, but ultimately it was wrestled from Italy.
After the war, Cyrenaica and Tripolitania were administered by the British, and Fezzan along with the town of Ghadames were administered by the French. For the first few years, Fezzan-Ghadames were administered together, but were separated in 1948/9. Fezzan joined the other provinces in 1952, becoming a part of the newly formed United Kingdom of Libya.
The following are a couple of map stamps from Fezzan during the French Occupation:
Scott: Libya #2N10
Issued in 1949
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2014 16:29:46 GMT -5 by dcstamps
Collector of Stamps and Banknotes from Countries that no longer Exist
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