Andreas wrote:What I will not tolerate in this thread is what I see as rampant speculation on effects of wide-spread stimulant use when this wide-spread stimulant use has not even been established.
All the best
While I would ordinarily agree that establishing as fact first, whether or not there was compuslory substance consumption in all of the armed services, and then
look at opinions on possible effects, fact of the matter is that my cousin's (can't be bothered writing '-in-law' anymore) description of the documentary focused on these other issues (according to him).
Apparently the documentary described amphetamine development as starting off in Germany and then looked at
a) Hitler's consumption of met/amphetamines and the effects it had on his judgement processes
b) i- The 'fact' that ALL of Germany's armed forces (from U-Boat submariners to the pilots and the common soldier) were compelled to swallow such pills
ii- That "the Nazis who used to kill the Jews at the pits were always high" (when Browning and others, at least from what I have read,make no such assetions in their works)
iii- That many sections of the Reich bureaucracy were massive consumers of such substances (which is why I mentioned Eichmann somewhere in my previous posts, since his is the most recent biography I have read)
As you can ascertain, the reasoning for my "widespread speculation" came not solely from my own thinking on the matter, but came from my cousin's description of what was actually (ie. purportedly) said in that documentary itself. Since these things were described to me, and I had never heard of such huge amounts of drug taking I naturally had my only recourse and that was to come here.
And I repeat, my questions related to the Actions in the East, are not what I think of the situation, but in hearing, what I think are on the whole, still outlandish claims, I could not refrain from typing down here; in other words, I was aghast (if not scndalised) at what I had heard and wanted to share it here to clean up the whole issue. I did not want to read some bull on the net written by some cranks and then come here (or to my cousin for that matter) thinking that what I had read is the gospel-truth.
If you want, I can bow out of this thread.