Wilhelm Keitel

1882 - 1946

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Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel (German pronunciation: [ˈkaɪ̯tl̩]; 22 September 1882 – 16 October 1946) was a German field marshal who held office as chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW), the high command of Nazi Germany's armed forces, during World War II. He signed a number of criminal orders and directives that led to numerous war crimes. Keitel's rise to the Wehrmacht high command began with his appointment as the head of the Armed Forces Office at the Reich Ministry of War in 1935. Having taken command of the Wehrmacht in 1938, Adolf Hitler replaced the ministry with the OKW and Keitel became its chief. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Keitel has received more than 4,063,287 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Wilhelm Keitel is the 28th most popular military personnel (up from 29th in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from Germany and the 8th most popular German Military Personnel.

Wilhelm Keitel was a German field marshal who served as the Chief of the German Armed Forces High Command, or Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, from 1938 to 1945. He was tried and found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 28 out of 2,058Before him are Cao Cao, Friedrich Paulus, Arminius, Heinz Guderian, Cesare Borgia, and Jan Žižka. After him are Guan Yu, Vercingetorix, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Eugène de Beauharnais, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, and Belisarius.

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Among people born in 1882, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 6Before him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Igor Stravinsky, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden. After him are Georges Braque, Max Born, Sigrid Undset, Georgi Dimitrov, Emmy Noether, and Abdullah I of Jordan. Among people deceased in 1946, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 3Before him are John Maynard Keynes, and Hermann Göring. After him are Joachim von Ribbentrop, H. G. Wells, Alfred Rosenberg, Alfred Jodl, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Hans Frank, Ion Antonescu, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Mikhail Kalinin.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 91 out of 7,253Before him are William Herschel (1738), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Heinz Guderian (1888), Gottlieb Daimler (1834), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), and Carl von Clausewitz (1780). After him are Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Theodor Mommsen (1817), Gerhard Schröder (1944), and Karl Lagerfeld (1933).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 8Before him are Erwin Rommel (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Arminius (-17), and Heinz Guderian (1888). After him are Michel Ney (1769), Baron Munchausen (1720), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), and Walter Model (1891).