The Symbol of Agincourt

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The English forces consisted primarily of archers. While the French were bogged down in a valley, the English overwhelmed them with a rain of arrows from above. The French had threatened to cut off the index and middle fingers of each bowman's right hand, which are used to pull back the bowstring. By holding up those two fingers, the English (not Richard Nixon) invented the "V for victory" sign.

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