August 31, 2007


How Britain put Nazis' top men to work (Stewart Payne, 31/08/2007, Daily Telegraph)

German scientists and technicians were abducted at the end of the Second World War and made to work in Britain as part of a secret programme to plunder the defeated nation's trade secrets and intellectual assets, declassified government documents have revealed.

An elite British Army unit captured hundreds of Germans in possession of Nazi scientific and technical know-how and transported them across the Channel to work in government ministries and private companies.

Others were forced to travel to Britain, where they were interviewed by commercial rivals and detained if they did not reveal trade secrets.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2007 8:22 PM

Golly. Even the Icey Eye was in on the recruitment. Nice to see old Tom Pynchon's books getting some validation.

So they did it, too. But did the German Brainiacs also get tract homes and new Chevys in the driveway?

Oh, just slot on a housing estate and Triumph TCs. They leaked oil everywhere. Now we know why the we beat our British friends into space. We had better crappy cars.

Posted by: Ed Bush at August 31, 2007 11:39 PM

T-Force seems to serve the same role as Operation Paper Clip; but with an Iron fist. I'm reminded
not so much of Gravity's Rainbow; but of a early
00's graphic novel by Warren Ellis, that posited
an alternative future where the UK got the pick of the German scientists; and became the leading
space power. The anti-hero; John Dashwood financed
the operation through a very macabre way.

Posted by: narciso at September 1, 2007 12:05 AM

Of course, the same people who object to this also claim that deBaathification was a mistake.

Posted by: Ibid at September 1, 2007 9:45 AM