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Temporary Rule 3: "The positions of known delayed-action bombs are marked by red flags placed at reasonably, but not guaranteed safe distance therefrom." Image via Wikipedia

Fantastic story from io9.com’s “Secret History” file today: In 1940, an English golf club wrote rules explaining proper conduct should Nazi bombs suddenly fall.

“These darkly demure guidelines” were implemented by the owners of the Richmond Golf Club in Surrey, England, after an Axis bomber hit one of their buildings. Here’s the briefest of recaps:

• If you see shrapnel, pick up shrapnel! It damages the mowing machines.

• If bombs are actually falling, you may take cover (without penalty).

• Steer clear of red flags.

• “A ball moved by enemy action may be replaced, or if lost or destroyed, a ball may be dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.”

Interwebbing: This post is via io9.com via Listsofnote.com via therichmondgolfclub.com. Viva la via! Here’s more from the golf club itself: “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.”