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Blitzed: Drugs In The Third Reich - a book by Norman Ohler

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posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 07:23 PM
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The above is a book I’ve been reading for a little while now. It’s non fiction, everything in the book being true. My Dad is a huge WWII buff, me not so much. But I have been watching TV shows and reading the occasional book regarding WWII. There was so much I didn’t know regarding WWII. The thing in the book that surprised me was that the Nazi soldiers, all the way from the lowest enlisted rank to the upper echelon of officers, including Adolph Hitler himself, were taking all kinds of drugs. Many of the rank and file were given tablets called Pervitin. Back in those days that’s what they called what now is known as methamphetamine. In the earlier years of WWII, this worked very well, as the soldiers were able to stay awake and alert for days at a time without sleep. They were able to push through France like it was butter. A lot of this was before Germany declared war on the United States in 1941. There were massive warehouses where they manufactured all kinds of drugs for the German military. Among them were methamphetamine, coc aine, morphine, and other derivatives of the opium plant.

There was a doctor, Dr. Morell, who wound up becoming Hitler’s personal doctor. In 1940, this doctor used all kinds of illegal things to manufacture drugs. He even owned a drug company of his own, along with manufacturing plants. He harvested all kinds of animal organs to create doping agents. This doctor became very close to Hitler and started feeding him all kinds of drugs. Hitler wound up addicted to a form of opioids that the doctor injected into him multiple times a day. In addition, there was another doctor who swabbed Hitler’s throat and nose with liquid coc aine. By the time WWII was about to come to an end, Hitler was a mess. He secluded himself inside of bunkers and was basically stark raving mad. He wasn’t exactly stable before the drugs, but the drugs wound up being the final nail in the coffin for him. I had no idea that this happened in WWII. This is the first book I’ve read that talked about this stuff. It seems that drugs and their affects on the leaders of Germany led to their downfall in WWII.

The book is a pretty good read, sometimes like reading fiction. The author puts together a riveting story as to what happened and how the Nazi’s tried to cover it all up. I kept looking at the beginning to make sure I was reading non fiction. It sounds almost unbelievable but is all true. When I think of how drugs utterly destroy many lives, I think history is repeating itself.




posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 07:29 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

Germany developed amphetamines and oxycontin which were both used by Hitler.



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 07:48 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

Binged on this a while ago.
www.history.com...

The films highlighting Hitler's physical decline are pretty dramatic.
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posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 07:58 PM
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This is a very interesting topic indeed. Helps in understanding some of the horrors committed in knowing those who perpetrated them (on both sides) were essentially on meth benders or "cooked" is how that state is colloquially referred to around here.

It in no way excuses the actions nor lessens the impact of peering in to the darkest depths of humanity but certainly gives a new angle to view from.



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 08:00 PM
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Apparently the nazis invented methadone aswell.



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 08:00 PM
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originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: ChiefD

Binged on this a while ago.
www.history.com...

The films highlighting Hitler's physical decline are pretty dramatic.


I’ll definitely have to watch this. Thanks for the link Phage!



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 08:23 PM
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a reply to: ChiefD

Yup, blitzkriegers were speed freaks. It was a thing. Much like American commandos in Vietnam, or us air force pilots as recently as 2003



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 08:25 PM
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a reply to: IAMALLYETALLIAM

Every military has distributed go pills.



posted on Jul, 31 2020 @ 08:42 PM
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In my own personal life I have had to deal with a couple of meth addicts. Probably the most evil drug yet. I watched the link a while back that Phage linked and was amazed by it. Just to think how different things would have been had the national socialists of Germany had not all been high as a kite and suffering from all the paranoid delusions that go along with meth addiction.

Thanks for this OP. I have just purchased this book.

PS. I wonder what the drug of choice is for the Antifa crowd of communist? Maybe meth is their party go to?
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posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 01:33 AM
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It's irony, but the Nazis probably wouldn't have done nearly as good on the battlefield with their daring blitzkriegs and how hard they fought in any given battle.

I've taken prescription amphetamines before (it's for ADD) and it's not meth of course, but a weaker version of it. Meth is like super amphetamine, as we know. Anyways, even the regular stuff would turn me into an overperformer in whatever I was doing.

Enhanced the hell out of anything I did be it physical, mental, or creative tasks and it wasn't just in my head, especially physical. Reaction and senses were pin-point. If I were shooting enemy soldiers with a gun, I'd be way better on amphetamine.

It's my belief that the Nazis were fueled on amphetamine duing their Russian campaign in order to do what they did. Their loss at Stalingrad was from having their supply lines cut. Can you imagine being physically addicted to that stuff for so long and suddenly not having any? That was the entire army. If you've been taking amphetamines daily and stop, you can barely get out of bed for a few hours each day and you're ravenously hungry, depressed.



posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 02:38 AM
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a reply to: ChiefD
Yes this is one of the lesser known things, but I had it in history class. I am not sure if someone asked or if it was part of the lesson but we talked about this in school.

I remember though that it was mostly the "waffen-SS" and other more specialized troops, also front line.



posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 02:46 AM
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Methadone was created as a cheap synthetic pain killer to replace morphine for the soldiers as morphine was hard to get in sufficient amounts for deployment.

They made their own opioid equivalent so they could easily mass produce it.



posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 03:11 AM
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a reply to: ChiefD

The History Channel (I think it was that one anyway) had a good documentary on this. I was really surprised too.



posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 11:51 AM
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I believe that in the video linked they made a point that the French army just had no idea how the German army kept on going for days and days without rest and that some German armies got so ahead of the program that they were weeks ahead of schedule.

Tweeker nazi's uber alles....

And yeah, the come down from that stuff seems terrrible, I have no idea personally, but I have seen it make a few people I have known that were addicted to it totally disfunctional.



posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 12:21 PM
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Props to you OP; I started reading this on your recommendation. So far so good!

I'd always known about the German army's use of amphetamines during WWII. The new info this book is bringing to me, though, is just how entrenched 20th century Germany was in the synthetic drug and pharma business. Basically, much of the modern pharmaceutical industry traces its beginning back to German chemists and corporate enterprises between the mid-1800's to the 1940's. Eye opening for sure, and some of the conclusions drawn by the author on //why// Germany became so heavily active in synthetic drug trade makes sense to me.

Aside from use of opiates and "uppers" to keep their fighting forces alert and active, the Germans were renowned for the pioneering work done on the front of anabolic steroids. This, along with methamptheamines, were the two pillars upon which the Germans were attempting to build their ideology of a "super soldier". The Germans have a long and checkered history of "doping", up to recent times before the re-unification of Germany. The East Germans were infamous for the degree to which they used steroids to enhance their athletes, including in the Olympic games.

Great book suggestion.



posted on Aug, 1 2020 @ 07:13 PM
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originally posted by: drussell41
a reply to: ChiefD

The History Channel (I think it was that one anyway) had a good documentary on this. I was really surprised too.


I’m planning on watching that. That should be interesting.



posted on Aug, 2 2020 @ 02:02 AM
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Germany made quite a few things that were game changers. They the first to make an use chemical weapons, the first tanks near the end of the first world war, and the Nazis were the first to make rockets as well.

What's next, spaceships?







 
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