Saturday, April 16, 2011

Stiff Upper Lip

Papa B:

You have to hand it to the Brits when it comes to golf. This notice was posted in war-torn Britain in 1940 in a north-country golf club.

German aircraft from Norway would fly on missions to northern England; because of the icy weather conditions, the barrels of their guns had a small dab of wax to protect them. As they crossed the coast, they would clear their guns by firing a few rounds at the golf courses. Golfers were urged to take cover.



commoncents said...

WOW! Thank you for posting this!!

Common Cents

Anonymous said...

It's more likely to be Richmond, London than anywhere in the north of the UK.

Anonymous said...

The first comment is spam. Technically this comment may be too. :P

Anonymous said...

True, but document itself is fake. See this link. The document has been rather badly faked to look old.

Anonymous said...

Followed the link, and in this history section it says as follows:

"One evening in the autumn of 1940 bombs fell on the course and Temporary Rules were introduced to allow for the consequences. Dr Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, used the Club’s Temporary Rules as the theme of a broadcast by William (Lord Haw-Haw) Joyce: “By means of these ridiculous reforms the English snobs try to impress the people with a kind of pretended heroism. They can do so without danger, because, as everyone knows, the German Air Force devotes itself only to the destruction of military targets and objectives of importance to the war effort.” Evidently the Club’s laundry outbuilding was a military target. The Rules inspired much humour in newspapers and magazines around the world and continue to be re-published in the 21st century."

How is this fake?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the person claiming the document is fake is referring to the fact that it was not originally published in JPEG format :P