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03/01/16
Wolfsburg
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Thank you, Major Hirst! – a ground-breaker for the Wirtschaftswunder at Volkswagen

Major Ivan Hirst, Senior Resident Officer appointed by the British Military Government.
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  • Marking the 100th birthday of Major Ivan Hirst
  • The man who turned a ruined armaments factory into a functioning car plant

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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