[1941 spoof announcement to German troops in Russia on Operation
Christmas, normally scheduled for this time, will not take place
this year, for the following reasons:
- Joseph has been called-up for military service;
- Mary is doing volunteer work for the Red Cross;
- the inn, stable, and manger have all become targets;
- baby Jesus has been sent into the countryside with other
children to avoid the bombing;
- the three Wise Men could not get travel visas because they
lacked proof of Aryan origin;
- the precious gifts have been confiscated to finance the war;
- there will be no guiding star because of the black-out;
- the shepherds have all been made into sentries;
- the angels have all become signal communication operators.
Only the donkey is left ...
and we cannot have Christmas for just an ass!
[nb: Soviet intelligence appended the following querulous
annotation to this intercept: "I do not understand –
what does this mean? Where did this come from? What will they