Nazis Using Atabrine (Anti-Malaria Drug) as a Method of Psychological Warfare

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Overview

This CIA declassified document concerning OSS activities was recovered from the internet archive. It document was declassified in 2004.

This document is titled: Atabrine as a Weapon of Psychological Warfare

It is from: Mr. Wallace K. Harrison Office of Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs Room 3892 Commerce Building Washington, D.C. to A.H. Onthank Colonel, M.I. Executive Officer Cc: Dr. Rogers AHO:A also sent to: L.M.C. Smith, Justice; Harry D. White, Treasury; Wm. T. Stone, BEW; Robert Pell, State; Michael J. McDermott, State

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Document details

DATE: 10 May 1943

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NAMES (or titles) mentioned:

Mr. Wallace K. Harrison Office of Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
A.H. Onthank Colonel, M.I. Executive Officer
Dr. Rogers AHO:A
L.M.C. Smith, Justice,
Harry D. White, Treasury
Wm. T. Stone, BEW
Robert Pell, State
Michael J. McDermott, State

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Interesting points from documents –

Basically this document is discussing the fact that Japan controls most of the quinine-producing areas, and how the Germans are taking advantage of this by selling Atabrine in the Levant, or else a lot of people will die. Onthank feels this is a method of psychological warfare, and wants help getting increased production of Atabrine by the U.S. to counter this move by the Germans.

1941 Ad for Atabrine

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Other Images and People.

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Onthank is the only OSS person mentioned. He is already covered in this OSS document.

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Images and PDF files

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