Famous Archers in History

Throughout the age of people there is inevitable wars. Within the wars many people died and many people survive however there are aslo those who become famous in history. In this list I want to remind you those are have contributed in the path of archery.

Minamoto no Tametomo (1139 – 1170)

was a samurai who fought in the Hōgen Rebellion of 1156. He is a historic person but a part of many legends. It is said that he sunk an entire Taira ship with a single arrow an than his left hand was 15cm longer than his right which allowed him to draw the bow longer and make more powerful shots.

Nasu no Yoichi (1169 – 1232)

He was a samurai who fought on the side of the Minamoto clan in the Genpei War between 1180 and 1185. When at the Battle of Yashima the Heike were defeated in battle they fled to their boats. Minamoto clan chased them on horses but was stopped by the sea. While waiting for the right wind, Heike placed a fan on the mast of their ship as a challenge for Minamoto archers. Nasu no Yoichi shot the fan with a first arrow standing on his horse in the sea.

Leiutenant Colonel Jack Churchill (also known as a “Fighting Jack Churchill” and “Mad Jack”)

He was a British soldier who fought throughout the Second World War armed with a longbow and a Scottish sword. He used to say that “any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed.” When he ambushed a German patrol near L’Epinette, France, along with his regiment, he gave a signal to attack by shooting the enemy sergeant with an arrow.

Fred Bear (1902 – 1988)

was an American bow hunter, bow manufacturer, author, and television host and is considered as a pioneer in the bow-hunting. He was also the first president of Detroit Archers – Michigan’s oldest archery club.

Horace A. Ford (1822 – 1880)

was an archer from Unite Kingdom and is considered as one of the greatest target archers of all time. Starting from 1849 he won eleven consecutive championships, and his high score of 1271 remained a record for over 70 years.

Tomoe Gozen

She was a legendary female archer who lived in Japan in the late twelfth century. She was beautiful and known for her remarkably archery skills.

Yue Fei (1103 – 1142)

was a military general in China. On his first competition hi won the first place by shooting a succession of nine arrows through the bullseye of a target 240 paces away. On his next competition he, already known as a great archer, defeats all competitors.

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