The drug, codenamed D-IX, was tested at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp north of Berlin, where prisoners loaded with 45lb packs were reported to have marched 70 miles without rest.
The plan was to give all soldiers in the crumbling Reich the wonder drug – but the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, coupled with crippling Allied bombing, scotched the scheme.
‘The Blitzkrieg was fuelled by speed,’ said a pharmacologist. ‘The idea was to turn ordinary soldiers, sailors and airmen into automatons capable of superhuman performance.’
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