Wilhelm Keitel Biography
(Chief of the German Armed Forces High Command (1938 - 1945))
Birthday: September 22, 1882 (Virgo)
Born In: Helmscherode, Bad Gandersheim, Germany
Wilhelm Keitel was one of the highest-ranking officials in Hitler’s ‘Nazi’ regime, during the Second World War. He served as a field marshal of the ‘Armed Forces High Command’ and was one of the most loyal followers of Hitler’s ideologies, for which he received a lot of flak from his fellow officers. Over the course of his military career, Keitel made a lot of decisions that strengthened Hitler’s goals of making fascism the dominating ideology in as many countries as he could. One of his most widely talked about directives is the ‘Commissar Order,’ which ended up killing many Soviet commissars, on sight. Despite trying very hard to be one of the members of the ‘National Socialist German Workers’ Party’ (NSDAP), also known as the Nazi party, he was never given any official designation, as he was one of the key military officers in the cabinet. Following Hitler’s downfall, Keitel stated that he knew of Hitler’s evil intentions but was bound to follow his orders according to the national law. Despite his defences, he was tried by the court at Nuremberg and was sentenced to death. His execution took place in October 1946, and he became the third high-ranking Nazi military officer to be given the death sentence at Nuremberg.