A German flea circus was ready to invade the former Czechoslovakia just before the entire troupe of performing fleas was wiped out by the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany.
'History was here repeating herself,' said Dr Hans Boll of Berlin University. 'As at Stalingrad, the weather halted the fleas' advance.'
Flea circus director Robert Birk, who said he was shocked to find all of his 300 flies had been wiped out, blamed the 'cowardly German people' for letting him and his fleas down.
Mr Birk added that his fleas could be traced as far back as Hitler's German Shepherd dog, Blondi.