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Follow historian James Holland on his quest to understand how the use of amphetamines affected the course of World War II and unleashed the first pharmacological arms race.

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On Secrets of the Dead: Troops on both sides of World War II relied on drugs to get them through battle. The British Army used Benzedrine to keep people away but also to lift spirits. And Germany is making use of amphetamines in the military context.

Was World War II the original war on drugs?

100 milligrams?! I mean that's a huge dose! --The men must have been completely stoned.

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