Eastwards bounded rates from
Denmark - Iraq (surface mail):
(Date Format dd.mm.yyyy)
Cover up to 20 grams
Cover up to 40 grams
Extract from “Officielle
Meddelelser', the official Danish G.P.O. Bulletin for 1924.
(Please scroll down for the
"Officielle Meddelelser", No. 51, Page 184, 19th November 1924
7. Der er aabnet
Adgang til ad Automobilrouten Haifa - Bagdad at forsende saadanne
almindelige og anbefalede Brevpostforsendelser til Mesopotamien og de
persiske Byer Kermanschah, Hamadan og Mahommerah, der af Afsenderne er
paategnende: "By Overland Mail Haifa - Bagdad" eller lignende.
Indtil videre opkræves der ikke nogen Tillægsporto for denne
7. It is now possible to send ordinary
and registered mail by the motor car route Haifa - Baghdad to Mesopotamia and
the Persian towns of Kermanshah, Hamadan and Mahomerah. The mail has to be
annoted "By Overland Mal Haifa Baghdad" or similar. An additional fee for this extraordinary
service will not be charged for the time being.
"Officielle Meddelelser", No. 51, Page 185, 19th November 1924
Haifa - Bagdad
Mail for conveyance by this route is
dispatched daily via Germany for inclusion in a bag which the German
Post Office sends to Baghdad every Thursday. The time in transit Munich
- Baghdad is 9 - 10 days.
Train 45 Tuesday and train 992 Wednesday
are the last connections from this country.
Denmark - 1935
Extract from the Danish Post Office Journal gives the route for mail to Iraq
as going by train via Germany to Damascus and by bus from Damascus to Baghdad
in 1935. This confirms that the French administration of Syria & Lebanon
continued to run an overland mail service in competition with the British
administered territories of Iraq and Palestine. It also confirms that the
central European route by rail via Germany and Turkey for mail to Iraq and the
Persian Gulf was still operating. The mail was sent daily from Copenhagen to
Germany, where it was forwarded on Tuesdays and Saturdays by train via
Istanbul - Aleppo to Damascus and as mentioned before by bus from Damascus to
Baghdad, where it was due to arrive on the following Sunday and Thursday
respectively. On Wednesdays mail was forwarded by ship from Brindisi to Jaffa
(4 days transit) and by car to Jerusalem and Baghdad where it was due to
arrive the following Tuesday. This information was extracted from the route
lists of April 1935.
Denmark - 1938/39
Extract from the postal traffic information from Denmark to Iraq in the financial year 1938-39.
The statistics show that in that period 3,731 ordinary and 182 registered
letters were sent from Denmark to Iraq.
Only one cover from Denmark to Iran has been recorded, dated 5th August 1941,
arriving in Baghdad on 18th November 1941, with an indecipherable Iranian
postmark dated 26th November. As this was war-time the considerable time it took
in transit is not surprising and undoubtedly it must have travelled via Turkey
and possibly by train direct to Baghdad by the newly completed rail link.