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Blitzed by Norman Ohler is a non-fiction book that explores the use of drugs in Nazi Germany during World War II. The book delves into the various types of drugs that were used, including cocaine, methamphetamine, and opioids, and how they were distributed and consumed by the German military and civilian population.

Ohler’s research for the book is extensive and well-documented, and he draws on a wide range of primary sources, including government documents, military records, and personal accounts. He also provides a detailed analysis of the political and social context of the time, which helps to understand how the use of drugs was able to take root and flourish in Nazi Germany.

One of the key arguments that Ohler makes in the book is that the use of drugs was not limited to a small group of individuals, but was instead widespread throughout the Nazi regime and its military. He also argues that drugs played a significant role in the war effort, and that the Nazi leadership, including Hitler, were aware of and actively encouraged the use of drugs.

One of the strengths of the book is its ability to provide a detailed and nuanced view of the use of drugs in Nazi Germany. Ohler does an excellent job of weaving together the various threads of his research and presenting it in a clear and accessible manner. He also provides valuable insights into the long-term effects of drug use on the individuals and the society that consumed them.

Overall, Blitzed is a well-written and thought-provoking book that provides a unique perspective on an often-overlooked aspect of Nazi Germany. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the Second World War, or the impact of drugs on society.



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