Aggression, Endurance, Recreation. Jamie and Tom discuss the long standing use of narcotics by soldiers in warfare. #2 of our '100 Bloody Objects'
From the Assassins and Berserkers and on to the Zulus, narcotics have played a key part in warfare. By the Twentieth Century, aggression-fuelling drugs were replaced by those improving alertness and stamina and amphetamines were widely utilised throughout the conflict by Allied and Axis armies alike. Indeed, Hitler was hooked on them. Later, it was recreational drugs that took such a toll on morale and capabilities in theatres such as Vietnam.
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