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Aug 29, 2007 4:42 am


Spoils of War: How T-Force Abducted Germany's Best Brains for Britain



"Their methods had echoes of the Gestapo: kidnapping at night by state officials who offered no evidence of identity. Recently declassified secret documents reveal how at the end of the second world war an elite British unit abducted hundreds of German scientists and technicians and put them to work at government ministries and private firms in the UK.

"The programme was designed to loot the defeated country's intellectual assets, impeding its ability to compete while giving a boost to British business.

"In a related programme, German businessmen are alleged to have been forced to travel to post-war Britain to be questioned by their commercial rivals, and were interned if they refused to reveal trade secrets."

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