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D-IX was a Methamphetamine-based experimental drug cocktail developed by the Nazis in 1944 for military application.[1] Nazi doctors found that equipment-laden test subjects who had taken the drug could march 88.5 kilometers (55 miles) without resting before they collapsed. Each tablet contained 5 mg of oxycodone (brand name Eukodal), 5 mg of cocaine and 3 mg of methamphetamine (then called Pervitin, now available under the brand name Desoxyn).[2] The researcher who uncovered the project, Wolf Kemper, said: "The aim was to use D-IX to redefine the limits of human endurance."[3] Test subjects could march in a circle for up to 90 kilometers per day without rest while carrying a 20 kilogram backpack.[4] Nazi doctors were enthusiastic about the results, and planned to supply all German troops with the pills, but the war ended before D-IX could be put into mass production, though it did see limited use among a handful of Neger and Biber pilots.[2]


  1. ^ Mangesh; Nathan , "Armies Hopped Up on Drugs", mental_floss
  2. ^ a b Paterson, Lawrence (2006). Weapons of Desperation: German Frogmen and Midget Submarines of World war II. Chatham Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 978-1-86176-279-5.
  3. ^ Jeevan Vasagar (19 November 2002). "Nazis tested cocaine on camp inmates". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nazis Attempted to Make Robots of Their Soldiers".