Operation Paperclip

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Operation Paperclip was a United States program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 rocket team, were taken from Germany to the United States, for U.S. government employment, primarily between 1945 and 1959. Many were former members, and some were former leaders, of the NSDAP and even the SS.

There various similar operations, including by the other Allies, such as Operation Alsos, Operation Big, Operation Epsilon, Russian Alsos: Soviet, American and British efforts to capture German nuclear secrets, equipment, and personnel.

Operation Paperclip and other operations that transferred technologies developed in Germany are argued to have contributed to many postwar technological developments, as well as being one aspect of the Allied plundering of Germany.

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