Archive for March, 2011


Hitler’s propaganda stressed the importance of keeping fit & abstaining from drink & tobacco to keep the Aryan race strong and pure. But in reality his soldiers were taking addictive & damaging chemicals to make them fight longer & more fiercely.

A study of medicines used by the Third Reich exposes how Nazi doctors & officers issued recruits with pills to help them fight longer & without rest. The German army’s drug of choice as it overran Poland, Holland, Belgium & France was Pervitin – pills made from methamphetamine, commonly known today as crystal meth. [Read More]


In a second extract from Denis Avey’s astonishing memoir, ‘The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz‘, the former British prisoner-of-war recalls how a secret consignment of cigarettes and chocolate from home enabled him to keep a Jewish inmate he befriended alive. [Read More]

After his return from the United States in 1946, the former Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen was to establish a German intelligence service. The resulting “Gehlen Organization” became the forerunner of the later Federal Intelligence Service (BND).

From there, Gehlen turned his attention to the creation of bases abroad. His submerged network of Nazi war criminals was a duplication of his experience in the Nazi secret services. This was his human reservoir.

In the early years, the reservoir was tapped by American intelligence agencies, particularly the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC). But in personnel questions, he held the upper hand, the operatve principle being “old comrades in the service of old comrades.” The US agencies could only weild their power & their dollars.

The early establishment of operational structures abroad extended to Austria, Italy, the Middle East, South America & Indonesia.

Josef Adolf Urban played a leading role here, Lieutenant Colonel Urban was the leader of Nazi Security Service (SD) in Vienna & a Balkan expert in Office VI of the Reich Security Main Office (RSHA). He had most recently served as chief of the Fascist SD control center in Budapest. [Read More]

Germany went to war against France, Russia & Great Britain in August 1914, in a flurry of patriotic fervour. After early successes in France & Russia, the fighting became deadlocked in a mass of trenches on both fronts. Germany went on the defensive in the west for the next three-&-a-half years, only attacking at Verdun in 1916 & the war was going in its favor by the end of 1917. Although the US had entered the war on the Allied side in April 1917, the armies of France & Great Britain were exhausted. Russia had also surrendered in March 1918, under the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, allowing Germany to move large numbers of troops to the Western Front. Victory was in sight but it had to be accomplished before large numbers of American troops reached France. Ludendorff made three successive attacks on the Western Front in the spring of 1918 but the Allied line held each time; the attacks exhausted Germany’s reserves.

The German army fell back across France in the autumn, in the face of relentless Allied attacks. The German people were suffering from food shortages, leading to riots across the country, & Berlin was in a state of revolution by November 1918. After the Kaiser had been forced to abdicate, the new government accepted the Allied armistice terms.

Although the guns fell silent across the Western Front on November 11th, 1918, rioting increased across Germany. The Allies were now looking for revenge for the war & it was going to cost the people of Germany dearly. There were troubled times ahead & the nationalists placed the blame for Germany’s problems firmly on the shoulders of the men who had signed the Armistice, the men they called the November Criminals.