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Nazi Soldiers on Crystal Meth?

By April 11, 2011

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For the first two years of World War II, Nazi troops seemed unstoppable as they overran country after country. It turns out this was made possible by doping up many German soldiers on a methamphetamine. A new study has discovered that German doctors were giving soldiers Pervitin, a methamphetamine now known as crystal meth, in an attempt to enhance their performance. Research has found that approximately 200 million pills of Pervitin were given to German soldiers from 1939 until 1945.

For more about Nazi soldiers on crystal meth, see this Mail Online story.


April 15, 2011 at 6:32 am
(1) Bente Hansen says:

That might very well be true. At several incidents survivors of nazi massacres have reported that the soldiers behaved as if they were under the influence of drugs.

April 15, 2011 at 11:24 am
(2) Karen says:

I had a fluid dynamics professor in engineering school (in the 1970s) who had been a captive scientist put to work for the Nazis during WWII. He told us that he and others were forced to take amphetamines.

April 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm
(3) Peter Kubicek says:

“For the first two years” the German troops were unstoppable because they were on drugs?

What about the following four years? After the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, the Allies thought that the War would be over by Christmas and yet it took till May 8, 1945, to destroy the German war machine. Why? Because it was the greatest military force ever assembled by man. And let’s drop the references to “Nazi troops.” There was never any such thing. The Nazis were a political party. Their soldiers were a highly professional German military organization.

The fact is that killing was in the blood of that German generation. Take it from one who was there, they enjoyed killing to the very last day of the War. From April 20, 1945, till May 2 I was one of about 30,000 enfeebled concentration camp prisoners who were forced to endure the infamous Sachsenhausen Hunger March. By that time, the War was for practical purposes over. Yet to the last of these 12 days, whoever was unable to walk was mercilessly shot dead. Our guards by that time were ordinary middle-aged Germans, but they never tired of killing; they simply enjoyed their work.

October 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm
(4) jimmy jack says:

@Peter Kubicek
spot on there they did like it and enjoyed it.
but i do know the brits and usa troops were given dex-amphetamine in ww2

November 27, 2012 at 10:28 am
(5) ktownbricks says:

It has always been known that the nazis experimented with meth. To conclude that their early success was do to this, however, is downright silly.

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