Thursday, November 04, 2004

Hirst, Ivan

British army officer (b. March 1, 1916, Saddleworth, Yorkshire, Eng. - d. March 10, 2000, Marsden, West Yorkshire, Eng.), was credited with resurrecting post-World War II German heavy industry when he retooled Volkswagen's bombed-out factory in Wolfsburg, Ger., convinced the British military to order 20,000 vehicles for local use, and began producing the homely, noisy, little �people's car� that came to


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