Each war is filled with horror and when you look at the horrific details of each one, it’s hard to imagine how anyone survived. It’s not too surprising to hear that there are reports of drug use in nearly every conflict. In many cases throughout history, the government has penalized the use of narcotic substances. Whether the goal is to calm down or engage in combat, drug use during battle has been documented since the Viking Age. Here is the first part of an in-depth look at drug use during battle, Military History.
Alcohol has been a part of the soldier’s ration since the substance was invented. A versatile tool, it has been an effective antiseptic, analgesic and a soothing remedy for the nerves. Have you ever heard of alcohol referred to as “liquid or Dutch guts”? If you have, you can thank the British Royal Navy. They coined the term again in 1652, during the First Anglo-Dutch War.
Soldiers on the British side were given alcohol as part of their rations but they didn’t have much to choose from. As a result of the war, there was a shortage of barley and other imported materials, but jennifer could be manufactured locally. Thus, Jennifer became the favorite drink of the British marine. Because of that herbal A combination, it was known for its calming effect on the nerves. British soldiers often drank their ration before going into battle, earning it the nickname “Dutch or Liquid” bravery.
Steroids have been used in battle since they were around. During both world wars, drugs were like Cocaine Methamphetamine is widely used to reduce fatigue and appetite, increase focus and aggressiveness.
During World War II, methamphetamine use was part of the military strategy of both the British and the Nazis. Increased alertness and decreased appetite were very beneficial to troops from all sides. However, the Germans used this drug quite often. According to reports, from April to July of 1940, Germany distributed 35 million methamphetamine tablets to the Western Front. Britain distributed 72 million tablets to its troops during the entire war.
Pain relievers were needed to treat injuries but they were used for so much more. Opiates such as morphine were given to soldiers for a variety of reasons. Besides reducing pain, morphine was the answer to diarrhea, muscle spasms, and even agitation. As one can imagine, this created a lot of addiction problems. In fact, opioid addiction was so prevalent after the American Civil War that it became known as the “soldier’s disease.”
Military history crossword puzzle
Listed below, is a crossword puzzle of military history all related to drug use during war and combat. Some of the questions are from the article above but for others, you’ll have to wait until Wednesday. The answers will be revealed in drug use during battle, part 2 – soldiers’ stories. Test yourself on this topic and keep thinking.