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A-Z of History

Venture and voyage into Nige Tassell’s valedictory vault as he to vows to view a volume of vintage vignettes
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

V FOR VICTORY

In January 1941, Victor De Laveleye, a Belgian politician working as a radio announcer in London, suggested the letter ‘V’ could be the symbol of resistance to Nazi Germany. It stood for victoire (meaning victory in French) as well as vrijheit (Flemish for freedom). The symbol, daubed on walls across Europe, was adopted as Winston Churchill’s famous finger gesture the following July.

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