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 during the Nazi era who served as Chief of the Armed Forces High Command – the office given to the commander and highest-ranking officer of the Nazi Germany Armed Forces (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 2,209,285 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Wilhelm Keitel is the 21st most popular military personnel, the 77th most popular biography from Germany (up from 78th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 21 out of 1,466. Before him are Cao Cao, Heinz Guderian, Erich von Manstein, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Pyrrhus of Epirus, and Ptolemy I Soter. After him are Friedrich Paulus, Oda Nobunaga, Cesare Borgia, Simo Häyhä, Vercingetorix, and Ratko Mladić.

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Among people born in 1882, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 5Before him are Franklin D. Roosevelt, Igor Stravinsky, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce. After him are Georges Braque, Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden, Sigrid Undset, Georgi Dimitrov, Ion Antonescu, Günther von Kluge, and Edward Hopper. 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 Jodl, Alfred Rosenberg, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Hans Frank, Ion Antonescu, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Mikhail Kalinin.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 77 out of 5,289. Before him are Konrad Adenauer (1876), Charles the Bald (823), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Karl Jaspers (1883), and Martin Bormann (1900). After him are Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Clara Zetkin (1857), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Franz Beckenbauer (1945), and Gerd Müller (1945).


Among military personnels born in Germany, Wilhelm Keitel ranks 5Before him are Erwin Rommel (1891), Karl Dönitz (1891), Adolf Eichmann (1906), and Erich von Manstein (1887). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Baron Munchausen (1720), Arminius (-17), Ernst Röhm (1887), Alfred Jodl (1890), Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), and Walter Model (1891).

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