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His name is inextricably linked with the rise of Volkswagen to become Germany's largest car-maker, and yet he is not universally known: Major Ivan Hirst was responsible for Volkswagen as Senior Resident Officer of the British Military Government between August 1945 and April 1949. He laid the groundwork for the rapid growth of Volkswagenwerk GmbH in the era of Germany's Economic Miracle, or ‘Wirtschaftswunder', and was instrumental in establishing Britain's role as a co-founder of the present-day automotive concern.

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