BOOK: Censorship and Bermuda’s Role in Winning World War II

Censorship and Bermuda's Role in Winning World War II

Horst Augustinovic has written a new book about censorship in Bermuda during World War 2. It is an excellent work, and available as follows: Published by Print Link, October, 2019. 260 + xii pages, 28x28cm, hardbound. ISBN: 978-0-947481-65-0.

In Bermuda available at Brown & Co. at US$45.00 ( 441-279-5443)

In the US from Zirinsky Stamps ( 718-706-0616) at US$75.00 including postage if mailed within the US.

In the UK the book is available from Pennymead (David Druett at

For other locations please contact Horst at Print Link ( 441-295-4343) for details.

The Book is great reading, and contains a wealth of previously unpublished information. John Puzine

Additionally, here is one of the first reviews of Horst’s book by Dann Mayo of the Civil Censorship Group:

Review of Censorship and Bermuda’s Role in Winning World War II By Dann Mayo, Hon. Secretary of the Civil Censorship Study

Books on censorship and philately in general tend to be very dry. (I know, having written a couple of those.) This is not the case with Horst Augustinovic’s Censorship and Bermuda’s Role in Winning World War II.

As Horst notes, “This is the story of Bermuda Postal Censorship during World War II. It is not a catalogue.”

In fact, this coffee table formatted book is so visually stimulating and graced with people-oriented information that it might actually be looked at for more than a few moments by non-collectors. For those of us who have tried for years to explain to spouses and friends why we spend so much time on the apparently crazy pursuit of censored covers, it might be worth having a copy to put in their way; it could succeed where we have failed.

This is not to say that this is a light-weight book philatelically; quite the contrary. It brings together a huge amount of censorship information, including from sources not readily available outside of Bermuda. On top of decades of collecting Bermuda censored mail, Horst was able to access local sources including the Bermuda Archives, where he found the notes of censor 6174, who later became Assistant censor for Finance/Stamps; the scrapbook of Sir Roger Hall, Proper Officer of the Bermuda Prize Court and the personal files of censor 714, William Gilmore, provided by his daughter still living in Bermuda.

The book’s 10 chapters (covering 173 pages) are packed with information about the organization of censorship in Bermuda, forms and handstamps, the censors, the Prize Court, Bermuda’s military wartime history, etc. These are followed by 10 Appendices (another 85 pages) with minutiae including (among others) a selection of General Orders, Flying Boat schedules (24 pages) a fascinating reproduction of the Stamp Watch List from November 1941, a listing of mails to/from Bermuda lost due to enemy action, and a 2-page Index.

Horst’s research is meticulous, his prose a pleasure to read. The 700-plus illustrations, more than 500 in color showing covers (all but 3 from Horst’s collection), are a feast for the censorship collector’s eye, and the photos of Bermuda censors at work and play help to make this more than just a book about censorship devices and procedures. A very worthwhile addition to any philatelic library.

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