Crécy and Agincourt

August 26 1436 in the muddy battlefield of Crécy – a day that some say marks the end of the age of chivalry.

The end because it is, some claim, the first time gunpowder was used in the European battlefied.

One of the enduring beliefs that came out of the battle is the unlikely story of the origin of the V for victory sign. Though there is no evidence to support it one still hears the claim that the French would cut off the two fingers of captured longbowmen so they could never again draw their arrows. English archers would express disdain for their French enemies by raising the two fingers showing they could still shoot .