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#1 05-03-2017 08:22:10

Rebbaron55
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Drugs Employed by German Military.

Just picked up this very interesting advertisement from a wartime German magazine and thought you all might be interested? The loose translation of page is " The hardships of the African fighter are great - he will gladly take a stimulus like Hanewacker. " I had heard about use of drugs for use by flyers and truckers but not normal ground forces during the war. Nice photo to go with statement!  Enjoy!  Barron

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#2 05-03-2017 19:22:00

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

What kind of drug is this?
I searched in google but didn't find anything.


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#3 06-03-2017 00:11:42

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Hi Chris! "Hanewacker' was a tobacco related stimulant to allow soldiers to avoid sleep for longer periods in the field! It was used more on the Eastern Front as the drowsiness from cold temperatures were alleviated somewhat. cool  Barron

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#4 06-03-2017 12:46:33

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Interesting. Like using cocaine in order to get you hyper. It's use makes sense under those conditions.


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#5 07-03-2017 00:05:10

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Neat. Rich A. in Pa.


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#6 07-03-2017 05:22:30

T Ambrosini
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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

I think it was a very nicotine-rich chewing tobacco.  If I'm correct, a "rope" of chewing tobacco (kautabak) was packaged in a tin and made available for commercial sale.  The advertisement was to promote commercial sales and there are many other WW2 Hanewaker adverts with military motifs out there.   I would think a pharmaceutical stimulant (such as Benzedrine, which was used during WW2) would have been controlled/issued by medical personnel.

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#7 07-03-2017 05:29:53

T Ambrosini
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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Just found this gem on the 'net, translated from http://www.kautabak.net/hanewacker/ 

One wonders what the "sauce" in the tobacco was...........

Hanewacker

Industrialization began in the first half of the nineteenth century.  Low wages and long working hours forced people to fight against fatigue and hunger.  They quickly found out that Kautabak was the right tool for this.  Chewing tobacco, however, had to be imported.   Georg Andreas Hanewacker came up with the idea of ​​producing Kautabak in Germany and founded GAHanewacker on 3 October 1817 in Nordhausen.  It was a small company from which the founder could not live in the beginning.  During this time he worked as a broker's business.  The first German company, which dealt with the production of chewing tobacco in Germany, quickly gained an enormous boost.

From the idea to the execution - the history of the company

After the company was founded and the first barrels of Kentucky tobacco were marketed in Germany, the young entrepreneur began to take the next hurdle.  In order to produce chewing tobacco, very nicotine-containing tobaccos and a sauce are required in which the tobacco has to mature.  No recipes were obtained for this sauce, so the composition of the ingredients had to be tried out until the result could withstand all requirements.  Hanewackers son August learned the profession of the merchant and spent twenty years with his father together the Nordhäuser enterprise.  As early as 1858, the company's rooms were no longer adequate, they had to be moved into a larger building, and more employees were required for the work process, which had to be stopped.

Georg Andreas died in 1867 and only three years later his son August.  The grandchildren Hermann and Adolf continued the company.  The much younger brothers, Hugo and Rudolf, later entered the company.  The brethren set great store by the high quality of their products and were able to dominate the market for so long.  Even today, Hanewacker Kautaback is known for its very good quality in connoisseurs circles .  In 1928, the company moved into a new, larger building in Nordhausen.  At that time the company had 2,000 employees.  With this large workforce, it was one of the big employers in Nordhausen.  After the Second World War, the company was transferred from Nordhausen to Duisburg and passed by Ewald, the son of Rudolf, in the fourth generation.  After 158 years the enterprise came to an end.

Hanewacker Kautaback today

To protect people against passive smoking, smoking in public buildings in Germany was prohibited in 2008.  Through this legally ordered smoking ban, Kautabak is again interesting.  Although the company Hanewacker no longer exists, the Hanewacker Kautaback under this name is further manufactured and marketed.  When chewing tobacco, no smoke is produced, but nicotine is released which has a stimulating effect.  Chewing tobacco was originally developed for seafarers who were not allowed to fire on board of ships, which were made of wood.  In addition, the chewing tobacco, unlike cigarettes or cigars, had both hands free to work.  Especially in young people who work a lot on the computer and in students who do not want to do without nicotine, today the trend goes back to chewing tobacco.  No smoke is developed, you have both hands free to work on the keyboard and even in lectures, chewing tobacco can be consumed without notice.

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#8 07-03-2017 14:26:46

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Awesome! I wasn't able to find the same article that you located, but found others talking about how the German military used various controlled and sparingly used narcotic substances! Some included stories of combat use on Eastern front allowing troops to escape from seemingly impossible situations due to medical staff issuing these substances!  Barron

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#9 07-03-2017 22:33:02

T Ambrosini
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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

I enjoy the items you post for us to review...  Particularly when it moves me to research a bit and learn something new!

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#10 11-05-2017 09:16:10

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Interesting subject. The drug of choice for the German Army was caffeine in various forms. "scho ka kola" was the favorite choice of the LW pilots and the Pz crewman...

The Allies were also on drugs. Again caffeine being the most popular, but Vodka was used by the Russians instead.
No wonder the Eastern Front was so brutal. Hyper defenders against drunkin attackers.

The use of drugs in WWII is about the same for both sides.

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#11 11-05-2017 09:23:36

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Re: Drugs Employed by German Military.

Just found this thread on the WAF. Goes into great details about the drug pervitan which was over-used in 1940.

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/ … army+drugs

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