Wilhelm Keitel

1882 - 1946

Wilhelm Keitel

Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel (22 September 1882 – 16 October 1946) was a German field marshal and war criminal during the Nazi era who served as Chief of the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, OKW) during World War II. In this capacity, Keitel signed a number of criminal orders and directives that led to a war of unprecedented brutality and criminality. 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. After Hitler took command of the Wehrmacht in 1938, he replaced the ministry with the OKW, with Keitel as its chief. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Keitel has received more than 2,013,994 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 21st most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 21 out of 1,194Before him are Cao Cao, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Erich von Manstein, Cesare Borgia, and Khalid ibn al-Walid. After him are Heinz Guderian, Friedrich Paulus, Pyrrhus of Epirus, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Ptolemy I Soter, and Vercingetorix.

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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, Sigrid Undset, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Lili Elbe, Ion Antonescu, Georgi Dimitrov, and Max Born. 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, Ion Antonescu, John Logie Baird, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Hans Frank.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 78 out of 3,763Before him are Karl Jaspers (1883), Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Clara Zetkin (1857), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Martin Bormann (1900), and Jürgen Habermas (1929). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), and Albert Speer (1905).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 4Before him are Erwin Rommel (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), and Erich von Manstein (1887). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Baron Munchausen (1720), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Arminius (-17), Karl Dönitz (1891), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Erich Raeder (1876).

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