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Post Neon Knight on Mon 19 Jun - 22:14


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-3836943/Luftwaffe-pilots-blitzed-crystal-meth-Goering-injecting-morphine-gold-syringe-Fuhrer-arms-junkie-drugs-fuelled-Nazis-High-Hitler.html

The rush was almost instantaneous. ‘Euphoria,’ they reported back later, ‘alertness, freshness, intensification of performance, thirst for action.’ They couldn’t get enough of their doses of methamphetamine, the ‘upper’, which today is commonly known as crystal meth. They didn’t need sleep. They buzzed all over. ‘I’m wide awake. My heartbeat thunders in my ears. Everything becomes immaterial and abstract. The light is so bright I can hardly bear the brilliance.’

. . . these descriptions of drug-taking are from soldiers and airmen of Nazi Germany as they invaded and conquered Poland in a lightning-swift attack back in 1939. As the tanks, troops and planes swarmed across the border, there was no time for rest. Medical officers doled out performance-enhancing, mind-bending tablets by the bucket-load to keep men awake, alert and focused. It has long been known that figures at the top of the Nazi hierarchy were serious drug-takers. The Luftwaffe chief, Hermann Goering, was addicted to morphine, and the Fuhrer himself had massive doses of stimulants injected into him on a daily basis. But much the same, it now seems, went for those they commanded. Poland fell in a matter of days to Nazi troops high on the German-invented, factory-produced amphetamine called Pervitin.

According to this book by German author Norman Ohler, the whole of the Third Reich was awash with narcotics. The apt title of Blitzed sums up how drugged up he believes that nation was as it fought and lost World War II.

. . . At the Temmler pharmaceuticals factory near Berlin, chemists turned out synthetic ‘happy pills’ by the millions. Their active ingredient was an artificial form of adrenalin, which acted like a firework going off in the brain. It upped energy levels, gave confidence, boosted libido. Pretty soon in booming Germany, everyone in industry, business or at home was upping his or her game by downing pills. They worked on menopausal women, new mums with the baby blues and hay fever sufferers. You could even buy chocolates that were spiked with it. Side-effects from prolonged use — listlessness, joylessness and depression — were downplayed. And when the country went to war in 1939 and into situations of even greater stress, naturally the drug went, too.

. . . Senior military doctors were big fans. ‘Excellent for rousing a weary squad,’ wrote one. Those in combat agreed. The drug switched off inhibitions as well as fatigue. Gruesome tasks were more easily done. Its positives in the Poland campaign were an argument for its use in Hitler’s next ‘blitzkrieg’ attack — the invasion of Belgium and France in May 1940. Three weeks before it was launched, a so-called ‘stimulant decree’ went out to field regiments: one tablet a day and two at night and a man could go for 24 hours or more without sleep. The only side-effect might be ‘belligerence’ — and what was wrong with that?

. . . To be fair, Germany’s fighting men were not alone in their use of stimulants. British air crews swallowed what they called ‘wakey-wakey’ pills before setting out on long-distance bombing missions to Germany. But these were Benzedrine, also an amphetamine, but much less potent than crystal meth. Nor did the habit spread to the civilian population here, which had only tea, cigarettes and watered beer to settle its nerves.

. . . Hitler was increasingly pumping himself full of weird substances to keep his flagging health from caving in, all concocted by his personal doctor, Theodor Morell, and injected into the Fuhrer many times a day. Eva Braun, Mussolini, Himmler, Ribbentrop, Speer and Goering’s wife were also on Morell’s books.

. . . From late 1943, he [Hitler] was on frequent doses of Eukodal, an opiate that gave a bigger kick than heroin. It gave him ludicrously optimistic highs — in which he maintained he could still rule the world — followed by deep depressions, where he lashed out at all those around him for disloyalty.

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Post Rumata on Tue 20 Jun - 7:57

During WW2, in Soviet army it was vodka (100-200 gramm) which was given at hard times, before attacks etc. Unsurprisingly, its effect was complex and dubious.
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Post Jehan I on Sun 9 Jul - 14:07

@Rumata wrote:During WW2, in Soviet army it was vodka (100-200 gramm) which was given at hard times, before attacks etc. Unsurprisingly, its effect was complex and dubious.

During WWI, strong alcool were also distribut to soldier in the trench. From what I read it was calculate to take inhibition off the soldiers without alter his physical skills.




I also heard about this theory of nazi soldiers drug during the attack of France.
No idea if it's true or that's just a try to explain how tey fuck us so hard in so little time.
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Post Rumata on Sun 9 Jul - 17:09

@Jehan I wrote:During WWI, strong alcool were also distribut to soldier in the trench. From what I read it was calculate to take inhibition off the soldiers without alter his physical skills.
I've read that recklessness which was consequence of alcohol consumption made soldiers easier targets. So many soldiers who had experience preferred to abstain.
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