Blitzed - Norman Ohler


By Norman Ohler

  • Release Date: 2017-03-07
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 122 Ratings


New York Times Bestseller

“[A] fascinating, engrossing, often dark history of drug use in the Third Reich.” — Washington Post
The Nazi regime preached an ideology of physical, mental, and moral purity. Yet as Norman Ohler reveals in this gripping new history, the Third Reich was saturated with drugs: cocaine, opiates, and, most of all, methamphetamines, which were consumed by everyone from factory workers to housewives to German soldiers. In fact, troops were encouraged, and in some cases ordered, to take rations of a form of crystal meth—the elevated energy and feelings of invincibility associated with the high even help to account for the breakneck invasion that sealed the fall of France in 1940, as well as other German military victories. Hitler himself became increasingly dependent on injections of a cocktail of drugs—ultimately including Eukodal, a cousin of heroin—administered by his personal doctor.

Thoroughly researched and rivetingly readable, Blitzed throws light on a history that, until now, has remained in the shadows.
“Delightfully nuts.” — The New Yorker
NORMAN OHLER is an award-winning German novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. He is the author of the novels Die Quotenmaschine (the world’s first hypertext novel), Mitte, and Stadt des Goldes (translated into English as Ponte City). He was cowriter of the script for Wim Wenders’s film Palermo Shooting. He lives in Berlin.


  • Highly recommend

    By 90068 iTunes
    Amazing look into drugs and war.
  • Mind Blown

    By Trennonking
    This book is a page turner to the end. It will completely change your perspective and understanding of WWII no doubt.
  • Blitzed

    By Peg1gy
    An easy read but exciting, horrifying view of leaders who controlled thru drugs. And we think we have drug problems!
  • Yes!

    By Woodsmanjosh
    As an ww2 history nut and chemical dependency major, I lost my mind when I saw this book. This world is amazing.
  • Addictive!

    From crystal meth blitzkrieg to the opiate death spiral at Hitler's bunker, Ohler explores a long-neglected side of WWII Germany that's both fascinating and compelling. So good a read you'll go into withdrawal when you realize you've reached the end.
  • Solid 8

    By Dndhdnsndmdkdkdjsjsjsj
    Its a solid 8 m8