Over time, a weird kind of respect developed between the two, as they realized they were so similar to each other. For example, both of them grew up in the slums. But just like Javert, Caminada basically masturbated to statues of Lady Justice, so although he did kind of respect Horridge, he still pistol-whipped and arrested him after running into him on the street one day. Bob Horridge spent the rest of his life trying not to run out of words that rhyme with "jail."
The Nazis Created A Super Soldier Serum
From Captain America to ridiculous direct-to-TV films, fictional Nazis seem obsessed with the idea of chemically overclocking their soldiers so they can take over the world. And OK, Nazis did conduct a bunch of mad science bio-experiments, but that was on cattle, not humans. Otherwise, they wouldn't have lost the war, right?
The only reason the U.S. wasn't forced to develop its own super soldier program was that the Nazis started work on their own Ubermensch Formula too late into WWII. Shortly before the Third Reich was defeated, they had a plan to feed their soldiers a pill codenamed D-IX, which would substantially increase their strength, pain tolerance, and stamina. It was made up of cocaine, amphetamines, and morphine.
Ironically, the aftereffects probably would have left them looking something like this.
Okay, so maybe that's less a super soldier serum and more what the Rolling Stones used to call an after-dinner mint. But you want to know what's really crazy? It fucking worked, at least in the short term. In tests, German soldiers who took D-IX could easily march 55 miles without resting while wearing 45 lbs worth of gear. Would it have turned the tide of the war if the Nazis had gotten the drug into mass production? Maybe, but holy shit would things have turned ugly once supply lines were cut and the withdrawal symptoms hit. A bunch of strung-out Nazis literally fighting for their next fix? You want to write an alternate-history WWII story, start with that.
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