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 and war criminal who held office as chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW), the high command of Nazi Germany's Armed Forces, during the Second World War. In that capacity, Keitel 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Keitel has received more than 3,097,347 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia. Wilhelm Keitel is the 28th most popular military personnel (down from 21st in 2019), the 91st most popular biography from Germany (down from 77th in 2019) and the 7th most popular 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 1,468Before him are Pyrrhus of Epirus, Cao Cao, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Cesare Borgia, Simo Häyhä, and Jochi. After him are Friedrich Paulus, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Vercingetorix, Douglas MacArthur, Lü Bu, and Baron Munchausen.

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Among people born in 1882, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 5Before him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Igor Stravinsky, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. After him are Georges Braque, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Sigrid Undset, Lili Elbe, Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, Georgi Dimitrov, and Max Born. Among people deceased in 1946, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 4Before him are John Maynard Keynes, Hermann Göring, and Joachim von Ribbentrop. After him are H. G. Wells, Alfred Rosenberg, Alfred Jodl, John Logie Baird, Hans Frank, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Ion Antonescu.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 91 out of 6,142Before him are Peter III of Russia (1728), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), Albertus Magnus (1206), Albert Speer (1905), Jürgen Habermas (1929), and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Erik Erikson (1902), William Herschel (1738), and Theodor Mommsen (1817).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 7Before him are Karl Dönitz (1891), Erwin Rommel (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), Erich von Manstein (1887), Heinz Guderian (1888), and Arminius (-17). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Baron Munchausen (1720), Ernst Röhm (1887), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Alfred Jodl (1890), and Walter Model (1891).