Norman Ohler, a German writer, has hit the mother lode—he discovered that they were all hopped up on amphetamines during the war. His book Blitzed tells a deliriously druggy tale of the Third Reich: “The Führer, by Ohler’s account, was an absolute junkie with ruined veins by the time he retreated to the last of his bunkers… At a company called Temmler in Berlin, Dr Fritz Hauschild, its head chemist, inspired by the successful use of the American amphetamine Benzedrine at the 1936 Olympic Games, began trying to develop his own wonder drug—and a year later, he patented the first German methyl-amphetamine. Pervitin, as it was known, quickly became a sensation, used as a confidence booster and performance enhancer by everyone from secretaries to actors to train drivers … It even made its way into confectionery. ‘Hildebrand chocolates are always a delight,’ went the slogan. Women were recommended to eat two or three, after which they would be able to get through their housework in no time at all.”

This and more in today’s roundup.

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German Soldier armed with a Panzerbüchse 39 Anti-Tank Rifle.

Notice the Ammunition cases on the sides. the Pzb 39 was a single-shot weapon, each bullet had to be loaded manually before firing: The cases helped improving the practical rate of fire, so that a well-trained soldier could operate the gun at maximum effieciency by quickly replacing spent cartridges..

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We kindly invite you to visit us at the Exposition de Photographies de la Waffen ϟϟ, 42 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France. The Waffen-SS is at the forefront of the fight against the world threat of Communism with volunteers from all over Europe. January 1944.

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President John F Kennedy openly admired Nazi Germany when he toured the country as a young man. 

After a visit to the river Rhine in 1937, Kennedy wrote: “Very beautiful, because there are many castles along the route. The towns are all charming which shows that the Nordic races appear to be definitely superior to their Latin counterparts. The Germans are really too good – that’s why people conspire against them – they do it to protect themselves. “I have come to the conclusion that fascism is right for Germany and Italy. What are the evils of fascism compared to communism?”  Kennedy wrote on three visits to Germany in 1937,1939 and 1945.  After visiting Hitler’s bomb-damaged Bavarian Berghof residence and his Eagle’s Nest mountain retreat, Kennedy noted in his diary: “Anyone who has visited these places can imagine how in a few years, Hitler will emerge from the hate that now surrounds him and come to be regarded as one of the most significant figures ever to have lived.” He adds: “There was something mysterious about the way he lived and died which will outlive him and continue to flourish. He was made of the stuff of legends.”

In this early picture (1934) members of The Leibstandarte - Hitler’s Praetorians - stand guard as the Fuehrer salutes the throng from a window. These bodyguards didn’t just protect they also went on the offensive. During the war, they fought as front line Waffen SS troops and became famous (or infamous) for their fierceness and ruthless combat action.