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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2022 8:58 p.m. PST

"Throughout the war, the Germans consumed Pervitin , a methamphetamine, which produces higher energy, while reducing sleep needs and hunger . While those effects would already represent sufficient tactical reasons to distribute this drug among soldiers, its psychological influence also made it very valuable. Indeed, it is said to spark a great enthusiasm, as well as a feeling of confidence and omnipotence .

While methamphetamine in crystalline form was produced for the first time in Japan, Pervitin was developed by Fritz Hauschild] and patented in Germany in 1937, by the Temmler group . Considered as an energy-booster, its consumption was perfectly legal until 1941…"

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Steve Wilcox17 Jun 2022 10:35 p.m. PST

The missing link:



Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2022 11:15 p.m. PST



Arjuna18 Jun 2022 7:56 a.m. PST

Mr.Aimo Koivunen finnished first thanks to his killing speed.


Someone probably photoshopped the eyes to emphazise his crazyness.

donlowry18 Jun 2022 8:57 a.m. PST

I read, long ago, an American paratrooper's account, in which he mentioned that they were given pep pills (presumably meth) before jumping into combat.

Andy ONeill19 Jun 2022 2:53 a.m. PST

As well as keeping you awake, meth reduces empathy.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2022 3:53 p.m. PST



Hornswoggler21 Jun 2022 6:21 p.m. PST

If you are interested in the subject, I recommend the documentary "World War Speed", fronted by historian James Holland.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2022 3:28 p.m. PST



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